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Slovenia shifting focus from confirmed to severe cases

Ljubljana, 14 March - Slovenia plans to shift the focus of efforts to fight the coronavirus epidemic from the number of confirmed cases to the number of serious cases, which will allow it to better plan and allocate resources, Prime Minister Janez Janša said on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Janez Janša addresses the National Assembly before MPs took a vote on his cabinet.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

The number of confirmed cases is relative since it depends on the number of tests and how testing is conducted, whereas the number of serious cases who need hospital care affects how the system operates, he said.

But Janša nevertheless warned that the change in what will be considered the benchmark data, which will be used to calculate the number of infections, "does not alter the gravity of the outlook on the situation."

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