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In Slovenia, the first infection with the novel coronavirus was confirmed on 4 March 2020. An increase in testing helps us monitor the epidemiological situation in the country and, on the basis of the number of positive tests, measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the population are adopted and adjusted.

Data on the spread of Covid-19 infections are collected by the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Health. The current data collected up to midnight of the previous day are published online and on social media every day by noon.

Wear a face mask

Surgical mask or a FFP2 mask are mandatory:

  • in all closed public spaces,
  • on public transport,
  • in open public spaces or outside, if a distance of at least 1,5 metres is not maintained and
  • in personal vehicles.

Masks are not compulsory for:

  • children up to and including six years of age,
  • preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children;
  • teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they give lectures from behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material,
  • speakers in enclosed public places or premises if a distance of at least 3 metres from others is maintained,
  • performers at public cultural events,
  • persons practicing sports,
  • person with special needs, who are prevented from using a protective mask for objective reasons,
  • pupils and students in physical education classes and sports classes,
  • music school students in wind instruments, singing, dance, contemporary dance and ballet classes and students in dance, singing and instrument classes, 
  • guests (subject to the RVT rule) in enclosed public places and places where food and drink is prepared and served,
  • for direct communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing people (if it is possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres) and for Slovenian sign language interpreters.

Are you worried that you have been infected?

If you are ill (coughing, have a fever or difficulty breathing)

  • Stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
  • Call your doctor or, if he or she is not available, the emergency medical service. After talking to you, the doctor will assess whether suspicion of infection with the novel coronavirus is justified or not. If he or she decides that the suspicion is justified, you will receive instructions what to do by phone.

Do not visit your doctor, the emergency medical service or a hospital in person. When in need of emergency medical care, please call first.

The most frequent symptoms

The Covid-19 disease, caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, is most commonly manifested by an infected person feeling unwell, fatigued, having cold symptoms and/or fever, coughing, and in more severe cases shortness of breath. A typical feature of more severe cases of infection is pneumonia.

Novel coronavirus infections cannot be distinguished from other acute respiratory infections, including pneumonia, based solely on the progress of the disease and the patient’s difficulties. Microbiological testing is required to confirm or exclude an infection.

The novel coronavirus is transmitted between humans via droplets of saliva that people sneeze or cough. This means that close contact with an infected person at a distance of less than 1.5 metres is required for transmission.

Infected persons must isolate

Those who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus are ordered to isolate by their doctor. They are not allowed to leave their homes, must limit their contacts and strictly follow the recommendations for preventing the spread of the Covid-19 disease. During isolation they are entitled to sick leave.

Social distancing

Social distancing is recommended for those who have been in contact with a Covid-19 positive and infectious person. Contacts between family members pose the highest risk of the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

Social distancing is only recommended and not ordered because such persons are not on sick leave. Furthermore, it is recommended that in agreement with their employer, they work from home.  If they cannot perform their work at home, they should self-monitor and stop coming to work when they detect the first symptom. It is recommended that they do not have any contacts outside their household, and consistently maintain a safe distance of two metres from other people in public spaces.

Quarantine at home

A person who has been in close contact with another person who tested positive in a coronavirus test, or came from abroad (from a red listed country), must limit their contact with other people. This means that the healthy person must quarantine themselves at home, i.e. self-isolate at their permanent, temporary, or other address of residence. The quarantine lasts 7 days from the last high risk contact, or from entering Slovenia. The purpose of the quarantine at home is to prevent the spread of infection.

Quarantine exceptions

As of 10 January 2022, persons who have had a high risk contact with a COVID-19 infected person but who fulfil the following criteria are considered to be quarantine-exempt:

  • received three vaccination doses (whereas the last shot must be manufactured by Pfizer or Moderna or the first vaccination shot was manufactured by Jannsen and the second shot by Pfizer or Moderna),
  • recovered from COVID-19, which is proven with a positive PCR result, older than 10 days and provided that fewer than 45 days have passed since a positive PCR result;
  • recovered from COVID-19, which is proven with a positive PCR result, older than 10 days, and was vaccinated with the second shot manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik, Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Covishield or Covaxin or a combination of the mentioned vaccinations or has received a vaccination shot manufactured by Jannsen.

From 19 January 2022 exemptions from quarantine also apply to:

  • those who are employed in healthcare, social assistance or education activities, provided that they have undergone a rapid antigen test or taken a rapid antigen self-test at the workplace on a daily basis for a period of seven days from the high-risk contact and are wearing a FFP2 mask,
  • pre-school children, pupils, secondary school and university students and participants in adult education, on the condition that they have been in high-risk contact while participating in the educational or study activity. They are required to take a self-test on a daily basis for a period of seven days (this does not apply to pre-school children). In the event of a larger number of infections (if more than 30% pupils, secondary school or university students or participants in adult education in a single class or department are infected) the entire class/department is required to be quarantined.  

Those subject to exemptions from quarantine which entered into force on 10 January 2022 do not need to take a self-test at the workplace or at school in the event of high-risk contacts.

Anyone who is notified about being in close contact with an infected person must stay at home and follow the guidelines of the National Institute of Public Health for quarantine at home.

To obtain a Statement of awareness with the quarantine at home order, please fill in the form on the eUprava (eGovernment) website . You will receive the statement to the e-mail address you stated in the form. You should submit the statement to your employer or submit it in procedures required for the reimbursement of salary compensation.

Employees  who have been in close contact with an infected person must inform their employer.

The employer will decide whether

  • the person should work from home or
  • remain in home quarantine and receive an allowance in the amount of 80 per cent of income.

Guidelines for children who have been in close contact with an infected person in kindergarten or at school

For children who remain in home quarantine, the form for obtaining the Statement of awareness with the quarantine at home order must be completed by their guardians. The statement must be submitted to the employer or filed in the procedures required for the reimbursement of salary compensation.

Persons with a confirmed infection must inform other close contacts

An epidemiologist will instruct the person who tested positive in the coronavirus test to inform all those with whom the person has been in close contact. If the person has installed the mobile application #OstaniZdrav, then the person shall enter the TAN code received from the epidemiologist, after which all the other contacts who have the application installed will be informed about the contact risk.

Instructions for persons exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

All those who have been informed that they have been in close contact with an infected person (both directly from the infected person, as well as via the mobile application #OstaniZdrav), must stay home and act in line with the instructions for home quarantine.

Be mindful of cough hygiene and regular hand washing

  • Stay home if you are taken ill.
  • Avoid staying in enclosed spaces, provide for regular ventilation.
  • Avoid close contact with people who show signs of infectious disease.
  • Observe the rules of cough hygiene and regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand disinfectant intended for that purpose. Use hand disinfectant that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand disinfectant is intended for external use only. Surface cleaners or disinfectants are not intended for cleaning or disinfecting your skin.
  • It is important to first rinse your hands under warm running water.
  • Scrub both hands with soap, which should be applied to the entire surface of your hands (the palms and the backs of your hands, between the fingers and around the thumbs, under fingernails), for one minute.
  • Thoroughly rinse the soap off your hands with warm water.
  • Pat your hands dry with a single-use paper towel. Use the paper towel to turn off the tap; do not touch the tap with your freshly washed hands.
  • Hand disinfection is mandatory in enclosed public spaces.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • When you feel like coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a paper tissue. If you do not have one, cough or sneeze into the upper part of your sleeve.
  • Dispose of the tissue in a waste bin after every use.
  • After coughing or sneezing, wash your hands with soap and water every time.