»Without an explanation, Janša’s Government removed the director of the National Institute of Public Health Nina Pirnat, who gained public trust when the outbreak of the virus happened,« the First Programme of RTV Slovenia’s radio reported. But in a shocking video, you will quickly see that Nina Pirnat did anything but that with her public statements, while endangering the health and safety of all residents of Slovenia. In addition to the former Government led by Šarec, she is one of the people responsible for the Covid-19 epidemic in Slovenia.
It was the time of the winter break, when many Slovenian families went skiing in Italy and Austria. In Italy, it was already known on February 24th, that our western neighbours would experience the Covid-19 epidemic, which has proven to be true. »Travelers returning from abroad who are showing signs of sickness should get in contact with their doctor over the phone. But there is no need for protective behaviour, nor for the masks,« Nina Pirnat stated at a press conference on February 24th, 2020.
In the last days of February, Pirnat continues to monitor the situation without worry. Slovenian families are happily skiing, among them, many healthcare professionals. The Italian province of Lombardy reports thousands of patients. About a hundred people a day die in Italy, due to the virus. Pirnat is not bothered by the signals of a health crisis from northern Italy: »The people who are returning from the crisis areas and are healthy may be normally included in the workforce and do not need to self-isolate at home.«
Italy is in a state of emergency, Pirnat is still trying to calm everyone down
Monday, March 2nd: the northern provinces of Italy are in a state of emergency. Warnings of then-opposition parties – SDS and NSi, chairman of the parliamentary health committee Franc Trček, and the health experts are getting louder. Many Slovenian parents and their children, filled with enthusiasm after their skiing adventures in the most endangered areas of Italy, are returning to their jobs and schools. There is still no reaction from Pirnat, while the first infections in Slovenia are rapidly spreading. »It is possible that the virus is already here, but even if it is, the symptoms are obviously so mild that it is not causing any problems,« the member of Social Democrats (SD) reports.
Janez Janša elected as Prime Minister; the first case of infection with the coronavirus is diagnosed in Slovenia
Then, Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, came. There is a heated debate on the election of Janez Janša as the Prime Minister in the Parliament. The MPs of Levica, List of Marjan Šarec and Social Democrats (SD) are calling the SMC and DeSUS MPs traitors and crooks because they have democratically and freely decided to form a Government with the SDS and NSi parties. No one – the LMŠ and SD governmental parties in particular – is thinking about closing the borders with Italy.
On Wednesday, March 4th, the Slovenian public is surprised by the news that the first case of coronavirus infection has been confirmed by the National Institute of Public Health. Nina Pirnat reassures the public with her response. »I must emphasize that the disease can only be transmitted by closer contact with the patient, so the likelihood of infection of patients and their companions in the emergency room is very low, as is the case with passengers on a plane,« Pirnat calmly states and lets the Slovenian public know that there will be no coronavirus epidemic in Slovenia.
Instead of reacting to the first case of the infection with restrictive measures that would help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Marjan Šarec and Dejan Židan preferred to accuse the MPs of DeSUS and SMC of being traitors because of their decision to form a government with Janez Janša. (Photo: STA)
The number of infected people in Slovenia keeps increasing, but Pirnat still denies the claim that we have an epidemic
In just a few days, the number of people infected has increased to 16. This is the number of infected people in Slovenia on March 8th, 2020. Former Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec, his Secretary of the National Security Council Damir Črnčec, the Minister of Health Aleš Šabeder and the director of the National Institute of Public Health Nina Pirnat still see no reason for alarm, despite all known facts from Italy and the spread of infection among the Slovenian population. »We do not have a coronavirus epidemic in Slovenia yet, and we are hoping to prevent it,« says Nina Pirnat, beloved by the dominant transitional Slovenian media.
Janša’s new Government takes over when there are already 141 people infected with the coronavirus, and without any measures, Pirnat and Šarec leave Slovenia at the mercy of an invisible, deadly enemy
And the rest is history. On Friday, March 13th, 2020, Janša’s third Government was elected in the National Assembly. Within three days, the emergency measures were implemented to help limit the spread of the epidemic of the coronavirus, even though the number is still growing daily. And the reason why the number is still growing is that the former director of the National Institute of Public Health Nina Pirnat preferred to smile at press conferences and mislead the Slovenian public. Šarec blindly believed her and led Slovenia into the worst health crisis in the history of our independent country. So far, four people have died, and 478 Slovenian citizens have been infected, and it’s all because of the slow reaction of Šarec’s Government and doctor Nina Pirnat. But this is just the beginning, as we have not reached the peak of the epidemic yet. After her dismissal from the post of director of the National Institute of Public Health, Janez Janša’s Government appointed Pirnat to the post of acting director of the Health Care Directorate.
So, these are the statements made by the former NIJZ director Nina Pirnat, from February 24th, 2020, to March 8th, 2020:
24.2.2020: »Travelers returning from abroad who are showing signs of sickness, should get in contact with their doctor over the phone. But there is no need for protective behaviour, nor for the masks.«
28.2.2020: »The people who are returning from the crisis areas and are healthy may be normally included in the workforce and do not need to self-isolate at home.«
2.3. 2020: »It is possible that the virus is already here, but even if it is, the symptoms are obviously so mild that it is not causing any problems.«
5.3. 2020: »I must emphasize that the disease can only be transmitted by closer contact with the patient, so the likelihood of infection of patients and their companions in the emergency room is very low, as is the case with passengers on a plane.«
8.3. 2020: »We do not have a coronavirus epidemic in Slovenia yet, and we are hoping to prevent it.«