Slovenia sees record 137 new coronavirus infections on Thursday

The number of new coronavirus infections reached a new all-time high in Slovenia on Thursday, as 137 out of 3,557 tests came back positive, the government said on Twitter on Friday.

The number of active cases is also at a record high of 1,116. Sixty-seven Covid-19 patients are meanwhile in hospital, eleven in intensive care.

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If the left-wing media applied the same criteria to Hojs's piece of land as to Janša's, they would applaud him. And vice versa. But now, they prove their hypocrisy once again!

The essence of capitalism is not capital. This is a socialist fabrication, the word was coined by the socialists (Louis Blanc): it meant that some people appropriate capital while they exclude others. Therefore, it has always been used in a derogatory sense.

 Capitalism is essentially the rule of the free market: it is a "place" where free individuals meet and where the prices are determined by supply and demand. In principle, something is worth as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it. This is also the case in the real estate market. Which is completely incomprehensible to the leftists, who tend to think that something is worth as much as they say it is, while everything else is corruption. They apply this mentality to relationships between private citizens as well. And so we get to the point, to the current Interior Minister Aleš Hojs, who allegedly "with the help of political friends" obtained "a piece of land on the Coast at half price", as the 24ur portal (HERE) points out, referring to Mladina magazine. But before we dig into this, let's refresh our memory a bit.

What was the thing again with the piece of land owned by (current Prime Minister) Janez Janša in Trenta? The leftists were not bothered by the fact that he bought it in the early 1990s, but that he sold it for more money a decade later. And because of this, he is still being persecuted today, which is, of course, irrational. They are of the opinion (and so was the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption - KPK) that Janša should have sold the land at the same price or a little higher than he had bought it for. In this case, everything would be alright.

Well, Aleš Hojs did exactly that - he paid "only" a quarter more per square meter than the seller had paid for it. The seller (Hojs was not the only buyer) had (based on the price of the entire property, which he divided into four parts for the purpose of the sale) at the time of the transaction made around 65 thousand euros of net profit. Which is a hefty pile of money. But this does not sit well with Mladina, as they claim he bought it too cheaply referring to similar pieces of land in Colomban (north of Ankaran), where  the prices are twice as high. This is ignorance and hypocrisy.

How was it with Janša's piece of land? While the leftists thought that Janša should have sold his piece of land for one euro per square meter (it was worth that much in their "expert" opinion), the state sold a similar piece of land  (within the Triglav National Park) for 45 euros per square meter (HERE). Basically, they feel uneasy if the land is bought cheap or if it is sold cheap, with the word “cheap” being relative.

The left-wing despair over the center-right government, which is still stable despite all the attacks, is clearly immeasurable, thus the old tactics are being used - the use of double standards. If the same criteria were applied to Hojs's land, the Minister of the Interior, who had bought the piece of land before becoming a minister, would be applauded, patted on the shoulders,and praised  for buying the land almost at the same price as the (Russian) seller had paid for it. Otherwise, we should applaud Janez Janša now. Thus, with their hypocrisy, the leftists prove: first, that the real estate market is unpredictable; second, that it works somehow despite the anomalies; third, that something is worth as much as the buyer is willing to pay for it. It is hard to find more convincing evidence that for leftists any transaction carried out by left-wingers is good and fair, and any transaction carried out by right-wingers is corrupt.

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DDr. Klemen Jaklič: The constitutional values of life and health carry more constitutional weight than temporary partial restrictions on free movement!

The arrogance of the former government led by Marjan Šarec left us unprepared for the first wave of COVID-19, which represented one of the biggest threats to us since our independence. Nonetheless, we witnessed a lot of criticism from the left political wing, particularly with regards to the temporary restrictions on movement between municipalities. Yet, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia ruled on Wednesday with five votes in favour and four against that the ban on movement between municipalities during the first COVID-19 outbreak was in accordance with the Slovenian Constitution.

In the affirmative separate opinion, DDr. Klemen Jaklič, among other things, emphasised that “one side of the scale depicts protection of one of the most valuable and protected constitutional values - human life and health - at a time of unpredictable and not sufficiently known but dangerous epidemic, which could have resulted in deadly outcomes if the disease had not been controlled rapidly and effectively”. According to Jaklič, we have witnessed this dreadful scenario in Italy.

Even the medical profession cannot reach a consensus

Jaklič emphasises that even the medical profession cannot agree on the question whether the abandonment of measures or their delayed implementation would have exacerbated the situation to the point comparable to situations our neighbours and many others found themselves in. "As long as there are different opinions within the profession, which are not unreasonable, the Constitutional Court must act with special caution. These issues are not something the Court is an expert on, especially not in the circumstances of an unknown and under-researched new virus," he said, adding that when there is no certainty, caution must be in place.

Otherwise, according to Jaklič, there is a (personal) responsibility for every wrong decision that results in a lost life or even a large number of lives. "However, the Constitutional Court - which judges the case only ex post, nor does it have a sufficiently qualified insight into all relevant aspects, nor consequently a formula for resolving even an unresolved issue in the profession - cannot and must not assume."

A constitutional review of a case in such circumstances is not really difficult, Jaklič emphasises. “Especially because the mentioned constitutional values of life and health (all the more so in circumstances when these values are severely threatened) are more important than temporary partial restrictions on free movement, which is otherwise significant, but obviously under the given circumstances carries less weight, particularly during the worst period of the epidemic. "According to Jaklič, the main take-away from today's decision for an autonomous citizen is to understand this logic. “He/she should realise that any decision to the contrary would be clearly wrong. It would be a product of the aspirations of some parallel "reality" created by the media or desires, which usually do not align with the world of truth and rational legal arguments."

In addition to Jaklič, Rajko Knez, Dunja Jadek Pensa and Marijan Pavčnik also provided affirmative separate opinions. As expected, the following voted against: Matej Accetto, Rok Čeferin, Špelca Mežnar and Katja Šugman Stubbs. Acetto acknowledged that a serious infectious disease requires swift action by state authorities, but insisted that the government did not meet the condition to demonstrate a sufficient professional basis for the measure or to justify that this specific restriction on movement between municipal boundaries would have successfully prevented or slowed down the spread of COVID-19. According to him, the public was not properly informed of the reasons for imposing this measure.

According to STA, Čeferin described the decision as a "dangerous precedent", saying the Constitutional Court is basically sending a message that during an epidemic, the executive branch is allowed to intervene in human rights and fundamental freedoms because it has to be trusted in times of crises. According to him, the measure of temporary prohibition of movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence was not proportionate, as it did not contribute to curbing the spread of the virus or in other words, the government did not prove it with reasonable and professionally supported arguments. He says that even if the measure had contributed to slowing down the spread of infections, this goal could have been achieved with less invasive measures on the freedom of movement of Slovenes.

Had the government not acted quickly and taken the appropriate measures - which were implemented after consultation with the medical profession - the Italian scenario might not have been avoided in Slovenia. Most likely, when there was a shortage of protective equipment, no one wanted doctors to be forced to decide who to treat and who not to treat. Whether we like it or not, the temporary ban on movement between municipalities helped reduce people-to-people contact, thereby helping to reduce the number of infections and ultimately helped getting Slovenia back on track, which in the COVID-19 world looks slightly different.

Government continues with reforms: Strategic Council for Debureaucratization presented numerous tax, economic and environmental measures to boost economy and simplify business performance

Ivan Simič, President of the Government Strategic Council for Debureaucratization, presented a proposal for measures in the field of taxation, economy and the environment. With regards to taxation, he presented as many as 28 proposals, in which the most important are reduced capital gains tax and simplification of procedures for employers and business entities in several areas. He would like to enable retirees to work indefinitely even after they retire, regulate the taxation of cryptocurrency trading and increase the allocation of part of income tax to various humanitarian and non-governmental organisations.

This is the trio close to LMŠ, which is pressuring the National Bureau of Investigation: their methods are becoming more and more brutal!

An anonymous letter was sent to the Nova24TV editorial office, written by the criminal investigators employed at the National Bureau of Investigation. The criminal investigators have decided to send us a letter, as they can no longer tolerate what is happening at the police and can no longer cope with the political pressure they are being put under. As is evident from the information they shared with us, the Police Trade Union of Slovenia (“Policijski Sindikat Slovenije” – PSS) is pressuring them, at the request of the LMŠ party and Marjan Šarec. The criminal investigators that wrote to us believe that the connection between the Police Trade Union and the LMŠ party is becoming more and more obvious, and their methods are becoming more and more brutal, rude, and they sometimes even border on blackmailing the members to make sure they are obedient, which is allegedly a regular practice at the National Bureau of Investigation.

Record 123 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in 3,123 tests on Tuesday

A record 123 new Covid-19 cases were discovered in Slovenia on Tuesday as 3,123 persons were tested for the coronavirus, the second highest testing figure to date. There were no deaths, but the number of active cases has risen to 975, shows the official data, released on Wednesday.

The number of hospitalised patients is up by 12 to 61 and the number of those in intensive care by one to 11. Officials announced the Celje general hospital will now become the fourth hospital to admit infected patients.

The number of total cases since the first one was confirmed on 4 March stands at 3,954 and the number of deaths at 135, with the last one recorded almost two weeks ago.

The government's coronavirus spokesperson Jelko Kacin said at today's daily briefing that 48 Tuesday cases had been locally transmitted, only two cases had been imported, while the sources of infection for 20 cases remained unknown.

The number of infections of unknown origin has been falling, which Kacin finds encouraging. He believes it is a result of "citizens heeding our calls to be honest and cooperate with epidemiologists".

Pivka, a small municipality in south-west, which saw a spike in new cases on Sunday and tightened nation-wide protective measures on Monday, currently has 18 infected residents, Mayor Rober Smrdelj said at today's briefing.

He said a special line is being planned for Pivka residents suspecting to be infected to call to speed up access to GP and testing.

Civil Protection head for the Notranjska region Sandi Curk said last evening new cases in Pivka were recorded at the primary school and the food-processing company Pivka Perutninarstvo, both of which are the municipality's hotspots.

The number of all infected workers at Pivka Perutninarstvo has risen from 18 to 38, the company said today, adding that some had fallen ill while already in quarantine.

Production at the poultry processing-company nevertheless runs smoothly, and tests have shown there is no risk of the virus being transmitted from people to food.

The situation at the elderly home in Črneče in Koroška region, north, has also not stabilised yet, with 16 cases confirmed so far, of which 12 in residents.

Director Srečko Mlačnik told the STA all the infected cases are from the same unit, with two of the infected residents being taken to hospital.

The unit - now classified as a grey zone - is separated from the rest of the care home, while the ten infected residents are accommodated at the red zone.

The four infected employees are self-isolating, so Mlačnik fears a lack of staff at what is the biggest home for the elderly in Koroška, with 263 beds.

The spread of the novel coronavirus has meanwhile calmed down at another hotspot, the Danica Vogrinec Home for the Elderly in Maribor, north-east, where a Covid-19 outbreak took place at the start of last week.

There are now 42 infected persons, of whom 25 residents and 17 staff, but director Marko Slavič said that only one in 200 tests performed this week came back positive.

"We are happy to note a downward trend in new infections," he said on Wednesday.

However, since 30 staff have been quarantined, the care home's Tabor unit lacks more than half of its staff, who are now working in extremely hard conditions.

Meanwhile, Adolf Lukanovič, a doctor who recovered from a severe form of Covid-19 in spring, presented his experience with the disease.

He said he had spent 900 hours or 37.5 days connected to a ventilator after he was admitted to hospital on 9 March and his condition quickly worsened.

The former medical director of UKC Ljubljana's Gynaecology Clinic said the disease should not be underestimated, adding it made him sad to see some politicise the the epidemic and claim it was made up.

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A conversation that every Slovenian should listen to: Why we are a traumatized society and how to bring the Slovenian nation from division to unity!

“Knowing about history, especially the most traumatic parts of it is one of the tools, perhaps even one of the essential tools, for dealing with the present and the future, not the past.” According to the historian Jože Možina, civilization begins by burying the dead, as the civilization itself began when man first buried the dead. And the systems that trampled this value were only the Nazism and Communism. “And this is not a matter in which you can just say “let the past be the past,” because the energy of the unburied corpses remains. We know that man also has a spiritual side to himself. And this is not such a difficult matter; we just have to be open and smart enough.”

MEP Zver: We need the European funds for development, for all the sectors that the transitional left has exhausted over the years!

As is well known, the four Members of the European Parliament from the ranks of the SD and LMŠ party (Tanja Fajon, Milan Brglez, Irena Joveva and Klemen Grošelj) launched an intensive campaign, trying to convince the European institutions to block the payment of the European funds to Slovenia, which the Prime Minister Janez Janša fought long and hard for at the recent EU budget negotiations, on the basis of the alleged overthrowing of the rule of law in Slovenia. Member of the European Parliament Milan Zver, Ph.D., responded to their actions, for the newspaper Demokracija.

Prime Minister Janez Janša's official letter for the Day of the Return of Primorska to its Homeland

The return of Primorska to its homeland is a holiday that unites not only the people of Primorska region, but also the entire Slovenian nation. We are celebrating the survival of a nation that has been put to many difficult tests throughout history. Today's holiday is a holiday of love of our homeland, or as the Slovenian writer living in Italy Boris Pahor wrote: "Despite all the ascents of the human mind, despite the acquisitions of the human spirit with which we rise above ethnical boundaries, the national community is still the most noble homeland of the human heart".

With the London Pact of 1915, Primorska was promised and later by the Treaty of Rapallo also granted to Italy. The implementation of the provisions of the London Pact with the Rapallo Treaty resulted in tearing away from Slovenia not only a large territory with about 300,000 inhabitants, but also an extremely nationally conscious and intellectual potential. The Slovenes of the Primorska region found themselves in an unfavourable environment. Slovenian culture and spirit attempted to be suppressed by the abolition of Slovenian societies and prosecution of the Slovenian language. But Slovenian books found their way into Slovenian homes. The Slovenian song and the Slovenian word have not disappeared. The Slovenes of the Primorska region did not give up.

Despite the extraordinary denationalisation that occurred on the dimensions of ethnocide during fascism, you were the first in Europe to start a revolt against fascism, launched by the TIGR organisation. The decades-long struggle of Primorska patriots against national oppression, the armed resistance of the TIGR and Primorska partisans and the military victory within the Allied forces created favourable conditions for the reunification of the entire Slovenian national territory to its homeland. Unfortunately, state policy at the time, blinded by internationalist ideology, was not able to take full advantage of these arguments.

Gratitude for the fact that Primorska remained committed to Slovenia throughout history, goes to many Primorska patriotic organisations and individuals. Their work, effort, sacrifices and struggle for Slovenia contributed greatly to the fact that Primorska was returned to its homeland on 15 September, when the Peace Treaty with Italy came into force in 1947. Thus, the injustice brought to us in 1915 by the London Pact was partly internationally corrected.

Crimes that had taken place against Slovenes from Primorska have left deep traces. But humiliation and suffering did not break the Slovenian spirit. It grew, strengthened and "found its true face in struggles, humiliation, victories and suffering." Thus the Primorska anthem “Vstala Primorska” rang even louder when it announced a new time and a new life for the people of Primorska. Today's holiday is therefore first and foremost an expression of respect and gratitude to the generations of Primorska people for their national pride, perseverance, resistance against cultural colonialisation and fascism and their loyalty to Slovenia.

Just as with perseverance the seed germinates in a new life, the brave Slovenians of Primorska proved how powerful national consciousness can be and how strong and far-reaching its power can be if it is directed towards the right goals. One of these right goals, for which the Slovenian community in Italy has been striving for many years and which has finally come true this year, is the return of the Narodni dom in Trieste. The return of the Narodni dom to the Slovene community and the conciliatory actions of the presidents of the two countries are a laudable step of reconciliation and rapprochement between Slovenes and Italians, a reflection of common European values of solidarity and coexistence and a step towards dismantling the burdens of the past.

The belief that together we can "weather all storms" is a faith that has preserved us as a nation despite difficult trials. It is a faith that gave us the strength to rise and to continue standing strong. It is a source of strength and energy from which Slovenia can still draw today. Our homeland, for which Simon Gregorčič wrote: "My first song was glorified by her, the last will be sung to her, and the last voices will be: God save my homeland!"

Sincere congratulations on the National Holiday of the Return of Primorska to its Homeland.

"It is crucial to know for every person whether they are infected or not in order to control the infection," says Dr. Bojana Beović

After a record number of infections (108) with the new coronavirus, Slovenia recorded 105 infections and 769 active cases of the disease on Friday. Maribor, which at the end of May boasted about being completely coronavirus-free, found itself on the red list at the expense of an increase in infections. New daily records of infections are also being reported from other European countries. The figures are particularly worrisome in Hungary as well as in the Czech Republic and Ukraine.

Industrial Output Rises for 3rd Consecutive Month

Slovenia recorded the third consecutive monthly rise in industrial output in July. Up 8%, the output is however still below pre-Covid-19 levels and was 4.6% lower than in July 2019, the Statistics Office said on Thursday. The last time output was up year-on-year was February.

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Record 108 coronavirus cases in 2,758 tests on Thursday

Slovenia saw 108 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, a record-high daily tally and the first time the total exceeded 100, after conducting 2,758 tests, the highest daily number so far as well, show fresh official data.

No new Covid-19-related fatalities were reported.

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Slovenia sees 77 new coronavirus infections for Wednesday

After a record-high daily increase in coronavirus infections in Slovenia on Tuesday, the number of newly detected cases remains high. 77 out of 2,489 tests came back positive on Wednesday, which is almost level with the day before.

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Parliament taking on revised budget for 2020

The government-proposed revised budget, which is raising expenditure by nearly 30% due to the coronavirus pandemic, is starting a four-day path through parliamentary committees today.

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