Epidemic to be declared in Slovenia as case count rises to 82

Ljubljana, 12 March - Outgoing Prime Minister Marjan Šarec announced on Thursday that epidemics would be declared in Slovenia based on fresh data on the spreading of coronavirus in Slovenia. Restrictions will also be imposed on cargo transport as of Monday, when all educational institutions will be closed as well.

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A container used for taking samples for testing people for the novel coronavirus.
Photo: Rosana Rijavec/STA

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Slovenia rose to 82 by 9am today.

Šarec said other countries had not declared epidemics yet but Slovenia had decided for the move to better coordinate actions of the civil protection and other services.

He said the problem in Slovenia was that much bigger because of the number of infections among medical staff.

Šarec urged citizens to stay united, refrain from criticism of state measures or discrimination of those infected by the virus.

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