Slovenia introduces new measures as of Wednesday

Slovenia introduces new measures as of Wednesday

In Slovenia on Sunday 282 new covid-19 infections were confirmed yesterday, 47 more than on Sunday a week ago, indicating that the epidemiological situation in the country is deteriorating rapidly. The number of active cases has approached 10,000 and is currently according to the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) 9791. The 14-day incidence, according to data released today, is 462, and the seven-day average number of new cases is 841. At the end of the last week, 55 people were admitted to hospitals and 16 people were discharged from hospitals. Today, 312 patients are being treated in Slovenian hospitals, of which 74 are in intensive care units.

In Slovenia, 58% of people over the age of 18 or 49% of the total population are currently vaccinated with one dose. 53% of people over the age of 18 or 44% of the entire population are vaccinated with all the necessary doses.

State Secretary at the Ministry of Health Franc Vindišar presented the Ordinance issued on Saturday on how to meet the condition of morbidity, vaccination and testing (PCT) to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus infections, which will enter into force on Wednesday, 15 September 2021.

All workers and persons who, on any other legal basis, work for an employer or are self-employed must met the PCT condition.

The change is only in patients who meet the condition with proof of a positive PCR test result that is older than ten days, unless the doctor judges otherwise, but not older than 180 days. In doing so, Slovenia equates this condition with most Member States of the European Union.

To perform the work, the PCT condition can also be met by screening with the HAG self-test, which is performed once a week at equal intervals. In this case, the means for testing are provided by the employer or a person who independently performs the activity. In the case of non-compliance with the PCT condition, the employer may apply measures in accordance with the regulation governing safety and health at work and the regulation governing employment relationships and collective agreements. The responsible persons who perform or organize the performance of the work organize verification of compliance with the PCT condition at the workplace.

At the same time, State Secretary Vindišar pointed out that a person acquires the opportunity to perform his obligations with a quick self-test. A quick self-test is not a basis for obtaining a QR code and does not provide access to other services.

Also, the PCT condition must be met by all persons who are service users or involved or present in the performance of activities or in environments. The individuals themselves cover the cost of testing, in this case.

The PCT condition must also be met by users of prisons, re-education homes, centres for foreigners, asylum homes and integration houses upon admission to accommodation or upon return to accommodation if the absence lasted more than 48 hours. In this case, the payer of the test is the state.

The PCT condition does not have to be met:

– persons under 12 years of age

– to persons who bring or take a child or pupil to a kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade of primary school, music school up to and including 2nd grade, to a primary school with an adapted program or to an institution for the upbringing and education of children and adolescents with special needs,

– persons who accompany a child up to the age of 15 or an adult, who is unable to take care of themselves, to a healthcare provider,

– and pupils and students in public passenger transport.

Regarding masks, the decree does not bring any changes. Thus, masks remain mandatory indoors as well as outdoors, where it is not possible to provide a distance of at least 1.5 meters.

State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology Simon Zajc further pointed out that all persons who are users of services or are present in the implementation of activities, ie all consumers, must meet the PCT condition from Wednesday.

The exception is the supply of basic necessities, which means that if a person goes to a shop that mainly sells food and drink, the PCT is not the condition. However, if a person goes to a store that mainly sells food and beverages located within a mall, he needs proof of compliance with the PCT condition.

The same applies to specialized stores with pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic and toilet products.

All consumers who are not sick or vaccinated should have a HAG test every 48 hours or a PCR every 72 hours. Each individual covers the cost of testing, in this case.