Slovenia introduces new measures as of Wednesday

In Slovenia on Sunday 282 new infections with Covid-19 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 reached 10,000 and is currently according to the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) 9791. The 14-day incidence, according to data published today, is 462, and the average seven-day number of new cases is 841. At the end of last week, 55 people were hospitalized 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 general population are currently vaccinated with a single dose. 53% of people over the age of 18 or 44% of the entire population are vaccinated with all necessary doses.

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

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

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

To get the job done, the PCT condition can also be met by showing up with the HAG self-test, which is performed once a week at equal intervals. In this case, the tools for testing are provided by the employer or a person who performs the activity independently. In the event of non-compliance with the PCT requirement, the employer may implement measures in accordance with the regulation governing occupational safety and health and the regulation governing labor relations and collective agreements. Responsible persons who perform or organize the performance of work organize the verification of compliance with the conditions of PCT in the workplace.

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

Also, the PCT requirement must be met by all persons who are service users or involved or present in carrying out activities or on the premises. Individuals themselves cover the cost of testing, in this case.

The PCT requirement must also be met by users of prisons, re-education homes, detention centers, asylum homes and integration homes upon admission to accommodation or when returning to accommodation if the absence lasted more than 48 hours. In this case, the payer of the test is the state.

PCT condition must not be met:

– persons under 12 years old

– for persons bringing or taking a child or student to kindergarten, first, second or third grade of primary school, music school up to second grade, to a primary school with a tailored program or to a institution for education and upbringing of children and adolescents with special needs,

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

– and pupils and students in public passenger transport.

Regarding masks, the decree does not bring any change. Thus, masks remain mandatory inside and out, 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 stressed that all persons who are users of services or are present in the implementation of activities, ie all consumers, must meet the condition of PCT from Wednesday.

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

The same goes for specialty 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.

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