PM thinks hard lockdown may not be necessary

Ljubljana – Prime Minister Janez Janša thinks a hard lockdown that would involve limiting people’s movement to within a certain radius around their home may not be necessary. “Due in particular to the introduction of rapid testing, it will be possible to weather the January-February wave without the most drastic measures,” he told Planet TV.

The statement on Saturday evening came after Janša himself indicated earlier this week that people might have to be limited to within 50 metres from their home if the number of new cases did not decline. On a week-to-week basis, cases have been dropping for a week now.

Janša stressed that the effects of vaccination were starting to show as well. Once the second shot is administered to those already vaccinated, there will no longer be such a shortage of healthcare staff since there will be less sick leave due to infections.

Commenting on the idea of vaccination passports, Janša said this would not be unusual since some countries already require proof of vaccination of certain contagious diseases before they allow travellers to enter.

“This is nothing new. I do not understand some people’s fear about having to show a certificate at the border testifying that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19,” he said.