Slovenian authorities announced today that they will no longer map the contacts of people infected with the new coronavirus due to a lack of sufficient personnel to deal with the second wave of the pandemic.
“Our capacities have limits,” announced the Institute of Public Health in a statement quoted by the French news agency, AFP, which states that from now on the authorities will only inform infected people and ask them to be the ones communicate with the people with whom they had close contacts.
The increase in the number of cases in Europe is making contact mapping increasingly difficult, which is an essential strategy for breaking the contamination chains.
Slovenia, a small country with two million inhabitants, recorded almost 900 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to official figures released today, which are more than double the number recorded a week ago, bringing the health system closer to saturation.
The government, which is being pressured by health experts and experts to take more stringent measures, has announced new restrictions in the most affected regions, including the capital, Ljubljana.
Bars and restaurants are now closed, as are high schools, while non-essential meetings and travel are prohibited.
In total, more than 180 deaths and 12,000 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in the country.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and an additional 39.3 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.