By: P.T., STA
A total of 1,850 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Tuesday, an increase of 8% from seven days ago that marks an end to a downward week-on-week trend seen for over a fortnight.
Data from the government show a total of 15,946 tests were performed yesterday. Of the 5,418 PCR tests, 1,430 or 26.4% were positive. A further 420 cases were confirmed in 10,528 rapid antigen tests for a positivity rate of 4%. The number of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 dropped by 13 to 1,144, while the number of intensive care patients fell by twenty to 172. A further 19 patients with Covid-19 died, bringing the total death toll to 3,425, according to tracker site covid-19.sledilnik.org.
Out of 877 samples screened for UK strain, 16 positive
Slovenian labs have retested 877 samples of positive PCR tests for Sars-CoV-2 from the last two weeks to find 16 of them showing two genetic changes matching the highly virulent UK strain of the virus. “For the time being the English variant of the novel coronavirus has not spread extensively through Slovenia,” Tjaša Žohar Čretnik of the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food said. The first positive sample was taken from a person in Murska Sobota and received for testing by the lab in Maribor on 11 January. Žohar Čretnik said it was impossible to infer based on the results weather the positive samples are linked, but considering the spreading there would have been more imported cases.