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Sale of protective gear, sanitizer banned

Ljubljana, 13 March - The Slovenian Health Ministry has issued an order banning the sale and export of protective gear that health workers might need as they battle the coronavirus epidemic.

Under a decree that took effect at 4pm on Friday, all entities that stock protective gear are prohibited from selling or exporting such products other than for the purposes of supplying health workers, police, the army and rescue services.

The items subject to the ban include gloves, hazmat suits, masks, goggles, sanitizer and any other products that may be used to protect health workers.

The decree comes as Slovenia steps up coronavirus containment activities due to the rising number of cases, which hit 141 by 2pm today.

There have been no fatalities yet but several persons are in critical condition and hospitals have already warned they are being stretched to capacity.

© STA, 2020