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Five new Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, cases up by 28 to 1,248

The government reported on Wednesday that five more persons had died of Covid-19 yesterday to bring the overall death toll to 61. The number of persons infected with the new coronavirus is meanwhile up by 28 to 1,248.

The number of new cases is up compared to Monday as the number of tests more than doubled to 1,168, bringing the total number of tests to 37,114.

While the daily numbers of fatalities and infected persons were up, the number of hospitalised patients dropped by seven to 96, and the number of intensive care cases was down by one to 34.

A total of 13 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital yesterday, the figures released by the government on Twitter also show.

The National Public Health Institute (NIJZ) meanwhile reported that the share of confirmed cases was, expectedly, the highest among persons older than 85, as testing mostly included persons with the most serious symptoms.

The NIJZ noted that another important reason for the high incidence rate in the oldest population group were outbreaks in nursing homes.

On Monday, the rate for this age group was 250.6 per 100,000 population, which is significantly higher than in the lower age group (75-84 years), where it stood at 87.9.

As for the younger generations, the rate ranges from 41.6 per 100,000 population in the 15-24 age group to 70.1 in the 45-54 age group. In the youngest age group (0-4 years), the rate was 5.9 and in the 5-14 age group it was 9.9.

The latest NIJZ statistical data on deaths, which refers to a total of 53 cases, show that more than 80% of persons in Slovenia who died of Covid-19 were older than 75, and almost 60% were over 85.

The gender structure is balanced, with 27 of the victims being women and 26 men. The number of women older than 85 who died of Covid-19 is much higher than that of men (22 to 9), but this is very likely due to higher life expectancy.

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