Slovenian health experts urge easing of Covid rules

NEWS 16.02.202213:05 0 komentara
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Slovenian epidemiologists recommended on Wednesday that the government should ease anti-epidemic rules and start preparing for "new normality," Croatian state agency Hina reported.

According to data from the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ), 2,368 PCR and 79,503 Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) taken in the past 24 hours in Slovenia identified 4,716 new Covid cases, which is 405 down from seven days ago.

Another 22 deaths were recorded. although the number of patients in intensive care is not increasing. The 14-day incidence rate is on the decline too and so is the 7-day average daily number of confirmed cases of the contagion.

Due to the positive epidemiological trend, health experts have made a recommendation to the government to relieve some of the anti-epidemic measures when the government meets on Thursday.

“It’s time to prepare to return to a new normality and to relax some measures but carefully and gradually,” said epidemiologist Mateja Logar, the head of the government’s Covid-19 response team.

Epidemiologists have recommended that Covid passes be abolished in banks, post offices, shops and government offices as the risk of infection is low due to the short time of contact with clients in these premises.

After meeting with health experts, Health Minister, Janez Poklukar, said that the government is considering abolishing testing at a gradual pace as well as relaxing measures in public transport and hospitality facilities. However, restrictions will still apply to the number of people allowed in indoor premises.

If the situation in hospitals and the health system remains stable, after 10 March we could return to “normal” and relaunch all health programs that have suffered or been delayed due to the epidemic, said Poklukar.

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