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New infections confirmed in healthcare staff, but cases isolated

Ljubljana, 17 March - Following last weeks reports about cases of coronavirus infections among healthcare workers that were said to mostly involve leading staff at the UKC Ljubljana hospital, isolated cases have also been confirmed at several other healthcare centres in the country. The numbers however indicate the situation remains under control.

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Coronavirus testing.
Photo: Rosana Rijavec/STA

While testing has largely been abandoned for persons not considered to belong to risk groups, they continue to be conducted consistently for healthcare workers around the country.

Four positive cases were confirmed today for the Slovenj Gradec hospital in north Slovenia and 17 of the hospital's employees are in self-isolation.

One positive case was also reported among the staff of the Adolf Drolc Community Health Centre in Maribor, with safety precautions to contain the situation being executed immediately as well.

A nurse working at the community health centre in Lucija on the coast has tested positive too, but all the people believed to have been in touch with her were later confirmed negative.

Test are also being conducted at elderly homes, but after things got out of control in Metlika in the east of the country, a more upbeat report came today from the elderly home in Štore. A a positive case was established among the staff in Štore on Sunday but has not led to any additional infections according to the tests results in so far.

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