STA, 1 October 2020 - A total of 175 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in Slovenia on Wednesday after 2,899 tests, meaning 6% of the tests were positive. Yesterday, 86 people were in hospital, including 15 in intensive care, of whom ten needed ventilators. Two people infected with coronavirus died, the government said on Twitter.
Fifteen people were discharged from hospital yesterday.
There are currently 1,807 active cases in the country, while 5,865 infections have been confirmed so far. A total of 152 people infected with Covid-19 have died so far.
Slovenia saw a record in new daily infections on Tuesday when 203 infections were confirmed after 3,391 tests.
On Wednesday, most new infections were recorded in the 35-44 age group, where 41 new cases were detected. Two cases fewer were recorded in the 45 to 54 age group.
Another 29 cases were infections among those aged between 25 and 34, and there were 21 cases confirmed in the 55-64 age group. 15 or fewer cases were recorded in other age groups.
The most infections, 20, were recorded in Ljubljana, while the rest were dispersed around the country.
To cope with a surge in new Covid-19 patients, the UKC Ljubljana hospital will turn a section of its complex which used to house the institute for safety at work into a grey zone for Covid-19 patients. The rooms could be ready by the end of the year, the hospital said.
The grey zone in the basement of the building opposite the Paediatric Clinic will be intended for patients who need hospitalisation but could also be infected with coronavirus.
Nine isolation rooms with own toilets and bathrooms are planned along with four isolation rooms for patients who need constant care.
Koroška region added to Germany's Covid-19 red list
STA, 1 October 2020 - Germany added on Wednesday the northern Slovenian region of Koroška to its list of Covid-19 high-risk areas after doing the same a week ago for the western region of Primorsko-Notranjska.
Passengers entering Germany who spent time in Koroška in the past 14 days must quarantine unless they can present a negative coronavirus test that is not older than 48 hours.
Koroška, one of Slovenia's twelve statistical regions, has recently seen a Covid-19 outbreak in a care centre.
Government spokesperson Jelko Kacin assessed for TV Slovenija on Wednesday that the region is "not a problem, since the infections are limited to a single facility from where the new coronavirus has not yet spread outward".
"But this is simply how any responsible country must act," Kacin commented on Germany's decision.
Germany's red list is determined by the federal ministries of health, interior and foreign affairs. The threshold is 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, but other criteria are considered as well.
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