Economy minister calls for work from home

Ljubljana – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek has called on businesses to organise work from home wherever possible and to stick strictly to the Covid pass rule and other precautionary measures in what he says is the only way to avoid potential new restrictions.

In his call to businesses on Tuesday, Počivalšek, said Slovenia could not afford a shutdown or new harsh limits on economic activities. “We must do all in our power to avoid new restrictions on activities or lockdown,” he said.

He said past experience had shown those could be prevented by work from home, strict adherence to the reconvalescent-vaccinated-tested rule and other precautionary measures. “We are confident that we can overcome the current health crisis together and ensure work and life to go on as normally as possible.”

While Slovenia has been seeing a steady decline in new coronavirus infections, hospitals continue to be overrun with Covid-19 patients. Another concern worldwide is the new Omicron variant of the virus, which has not yet been detected in Slovenia.

The National Institute of Public Health estimates just over 37,000 people are still actively infected in the country after 2,482 new cases were confirmed yesterday for a 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents of 1,760. Of the 1,128 Covid-19 patients treated in hospitals 280 require intensive care.