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Monday sees 21 coronavirus infections in 1,370 tests


Two persons were discharged from hospital yesterday. The latest cases were detected in 14 municipalities, most in Ljubljana and Velike Lašče in the south (each 3).

Government Covid-19 spokesperson Jelko Kacin said at today's daily briefing that the number of imported cases had been slightly decreasing. Slovenia recorded only one imported case, from Croatia, yesterday, while 13 cases are still being investigated.

He said the government would review the coronavirus situation in Slovenia and abroad in more detail tomorrow, and discuss preparations for autumn.

Based on the past 14-day period, the number of infections per 100,000 residents in Slovenia currently stands at 20. "We are somewhere in the middle of the yellow zone, but we are working to reduce this number especially because school starts next Tuesday," Kacin said.

Interior Minister Aleš Hojs noted that no major tailbacks had been recorded on the Slovenian-Croatian border prior to today's introduction of mandatory quarantine for arrivals from Croatia, because Slovenians had been informed about the measure in time and had been gradually returning home.

In the past three days, 226,000 persons entered Slovenia from Croatia, including 63,000 Slovenians, Hojs said, quoting police data.

A total of 2,138 quarantine orders were issued during this three-day period, but mostly for Western Balkan countries that have been on Slovenia's red list for a while, he said. Since the 14-day quarantine requirement was imposed for Croatia, more than 60 orders have been issued, but those were presumably also issued for arrivals from other Western Balkan countries.

Hojs added that in 90% of the cases, a quarantine order at the border is issued in 5-7 minutes, with some of them issued in two minutes and the maximum time being 21 minutes.

The minister said that according to Croatia's data, 30,000-40,000 Slovenians were still in Croatia. Croatian newspaper Večernji List meanwhile puts the figure at at least 45,000.

Slovenia has recorded 2,686 SARS-CoV-2 infections so far, and the national death toll is currently at 133, according to the national tracker covid-19.sledilnik. Active cases meanwhile number 414, the highest daily figure since mid-April.


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