Urgent appeal for social distancing as COVID-19 cases keep rising

Ljubljana, 13 March - Slovenia's health officials appealed on the population to keep their social contacts to the minimum to curb the ever faster spread of coronavirus as the number of those who tested positive has risen to 141.

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Number of coronavirus cases in Slovenia keeps rising.
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The tally by 2pm on Friday means that the number of cases rose by 45 from 6pm on Thursday. So far 4,346 tests have been conducted, Nina Pirnat, director of the National Public Health Institute, told reporters.

The biggest increase in cases has been in the Ljubljana region.

"We must limit social contacts to the greatest possible extent to curb the spread of infections as much as possible," Pirnat said, calling on parents to make sure young people do not get together and socialise in groups, possibly while consuming alcohol.

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