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Some industries could be restarted after Easter holidays

Ljubljana, 6 April - The government is preparing measures to enable some industries in Slovenia to relaunch their operations immediately after the Easter holidays if the current trend in the number of persons diagnosed with Covid-19 continues, government spokesman Jelko Kacin announced on Monday.

Ljubljana
Jelko Kacin, the government coronavirus spokesman, addresses a daily government briefing.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Ljubljana
Jelko Kacin, the government coronavirus spokesman, addresses a daily government briefing.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Ljubljana
Jelko Kacin, the government coronavirus spokesman, addresses a daily government briefing.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

Ljubljana
Jelko Kacin, the government coronavirus spokesman, addresses a daily government briefing.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

"The government could examine as early as this week measures which would enable the re-start of certain braches of industry already after the Easter holidays, if this positive tend continues," Kacin said.

He explained that the positive trend meant that there was no excessive, or no increase at all over the holidays in the number of patients who needed hospital care, intensive care in particular.

Asked by the press what measures these could be, Kacin said that coordination meetings were still being held and that the government would need to hold a session on this topic. Once a final decision is made, it will be presented to the public.

He praised citizens for sticking to the restrictive measures, which he said was confirmed by the number of new infections, as it was not increasing as steeply as last week.

"We are not recording a downward trend yet, we are still not in a phase where there are no new infections. So let all of us be patient and hold on for a few more weeks so that we beat the epidemic together," Kacin added.

The government meanwhile continues to discuss additional measures to mitigate the impact of the epidemic on the economy and individuals, with Prime Minister Janez Janša holding a meeting with trade union representatives in Brdo pri Kranju today.

A task force headed by Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj has also met, and the government is also in talks with trade unions about measures in education and welfare, Kacin said, adding that details would be presented tomorrow.

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