Slovenia confirms first case of South African COVID-strain

The patient is a doctor from Maribor who stayed in Namibia last week with several other persons from Slovenia and returned to work this past Monday. [Shutterstock/ 3dartistav]

The first infection with the South African coronavirus strain has been confirmed in Slovenia, Health Minister Janez Poklukar has said.

The patient is a doctor from Maribor who stayed in Namibia last week with several other persons from Slovenia and returned to work this past Monday.

Two other persons who were with him in Africa are also infected, likely with the same variant, and several persons who have been in contact with him have been quarantined, said Poklukar, adding that this case has not yet called for the adoption of special measures.

Slovenia’s foreign ministry once again advised citizens against risky travel abroad, Slovenian media has said, adding that the high number of infections in western Slovenia was due to the UK strain which spread from Italy. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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