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Monday, February 6, 2023

COVID-19 & Slovenia: 21 New Cases Wednesday, Poll Shows Growing Concern

Out of 1,198 coronavirus tests conducted on Wednesday, 21 came back positive, the highest daily figure since 16 April when Slovenia recorded 36 new cases. Nine persons were in hospital, one more than the day before. None required intensive care, show latest government data.

There were no Covid-19 fatalities recorded yesterday. The national death toll thus remains at 111.

The total of estimated active cases is 122, according to the national Covid-19 tracker site data.

On Wednesday, five new cases were confirmed in Ljubljana, five in Ravne na Koroškem (N), four in Dravograd (N), and one each in seven other municipalities.

In the past week, Slovenia saw 87 new cases. A total of 140 infections were confirmed in June, whereas only 34 in May, show the Health Ministry data as reported by public broadcaster RTV Slovenija.

The government’s chief Covid-19 advisor Bojana Beović told Radio Slovenija today that the bulk of new cases continue to be imported, although the virus is also spreading within the country, the source of which cannot be established.

“Those who bring the infection from abroad, generate additional cases here, in the family, working environments. It’s a cause for great concern,” she said.

Beović said that those who were getting ill with Covid-19 in the past few days “were mostly not members of high risk groups. However, recently a more severe case has emerged as well”.

The virus has been spreading among the younger generations mostly – on Wednesday, six infections were confirmed among people aged 15-24, seven among those aged 25-34 and three among those aged 35-44.

However, Beović warned that the young could develop a more severe form of the disease as well, not to mention that they could pass the virus on to older relatives.

Eva Grilc of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) also expressed concern over the developments today.

The NIJZ has detected two hotspots so far; one each in the Štajerska region in the north-east and Koroška region in the north.

The Štajerska hotspot has been triggered by imported cases from Serbia, whereas the Koroška one is a result of imported infections from Bosnia-Herzegovina, reads a NIJZ press release.

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