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Temperature screening to start at Ljubljana airport, extra measures planned on land border

Ljubljana, 9 March - Health Minister Aleš Šabeder announced temperature screenings at Ljubljana airport and plans for extra measures on the land border as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Slovenia grew to 24 by 2pm on Monday.

Ljubljana
The National Security Council in session.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
The National Security Council in session.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
The National Security Council in session.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
The National Security Council in session.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
The National Security Council in session.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

The checks at Jože Pučnik airport are expected to be introduced in a few days, while the authorities are still looking into the possibility of introducing preventive measures on the border with Italy.

Indoor events will have to be limited to 100 participants and all sports events for 500-plus visitors, including the upcoming Vitranc Cup and the Ski Flying World Championships in Planica, will be carried out without spectators.

Schools and kindergartens will remain open for the time being, agreed officials at today's session of the National Security Council.

They also agreed that the Finance Ministry would release budget reserves for the purchase of protection gear. Half a million protective face masks will be ordered.

According to Nina Pirnat of the National Public Health Institute (NIJZ), Slovenia is still in the first phase of the spreading of the virus and the virus is spreading slower than in neighbouring countries.

After 1,227 tests have been conducted, a total of 24 infections have been confirmed in Slovenia. All of the patients are feeling fine. They are being treated at the UKC Ljubljana, UKC Maribor and the Novo Mesto hospitals.

The NIJZ has proposed quarantine for about 50 people.

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