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COVID-19 Update

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, Consulate General of Slovenia in Cleveland, as well as our visa application centers, will not accept any visa applications until further notice.

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12 March Summary: Slovenia Declares Coronavirus Epidemic

lovenia declared a coronavirus epidemic on Thursday as the number of cases continued to surge with 96 persons confirmed to have fallen ill, almost double the number from the day before. A number of measures were taken to contain the spreading, from school closures to cancellations of virtually all public events, with additional measures announced.

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Slovenia Closes Border with Italy

CoronaVirus Boarders

Prime Minister Marjan Šarec has announced he has ordered the closure of the border with Italy. The measure, which Šarec said was modeled on Austria's, does not apply for cargo transport. In a statement, he said that the number of corona-virus cases had risen by another three to reach 34 this afternoon.

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Slovenian Lady – A Greeting to American – Pozdrav

Slovenian Lady Cleveland City Hall

The sculpture, of patinated cherry, shows a Slovenian Lady in traditional dress, complete with AVBA (bonnet). She carries in her arm a bouquet of nageljni (red carnations), the Slovenian national flower, and waves a handkerchief in greeting. The original ancient oak base shows the capital city's coat-of-arms, with Ljubljana Castle on the hills of the city, and Dragon as Protector of the city and the Ljubljanica river.

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PM Šarec resigns, snap election in the cards

PM Marjan Šarec announced his resignation on Monday after Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj stepped down, presumably over differences regarding a bill scrapping top-up health insurance. Šarec said he could not achieve what he had set out to do with the current minority coalition. The most likely scenario seems to be snap election.

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