Slovenia & COVID-19: 1,565 New Cases, 26.5% Positivity

(Montage: Matic Štojs Lomovšek)

Slovenia’s daily coronavirus tally dropped by over a hundred to 1,564 on Thursday as the share of positive tests inched down to 26.53%, and the daily death toll fell to 26 from 30 the day before. Hospitalisations kept increasing but at a slower pace and data presented by the government suggest the peak has been passed.

Government data show the latest cases come from 5,895 Sars-Cov-2 tests on Thursday, roughly on a par with the day before, while the positivity rate has decreased by almost two percentage points.

Presenting fresh data, government spokesman Jelko Kacin also said that the R0, the figure showing how many people one infected person passes the virus on, had dropped to 1, which means the outbreak is no longer expanding.

What is more, the 14-day and 7-day incidence graphs he presented at the press briefing on Friday show the peak had been reached days ago with the curve well on its path down and a simulation suggesting it could flatten sometime in early December.

According to tracker site, the rolling 14-day average of cases per 100,000 residents fell to 1,113 on Thursday.

“The trend is good (…) if the trend continues the same way we can look forward to the future and can consider what the government could do next week,” Kacin said, offering the promise of an easing of measures as the cabinet reviews restrictions next Thursday.

However, the number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals keeps increasing, but even there Kacin noted that the growth is slowing down.

Hospitalisations increased to 1,069 as 92 patients were discharged home, and the number of patients in intensive care units rose by a further seven to 168.

Yesterday, there were 50 new admissions when deducting discharges and fatalities, which compares to 76 at the peak on 31 October.

The tracker site shows the total number of coronavirus cases so far confirmed in the country has exceeded 42,600 with 23,336 cases still active. The death toll has inched close to 500, at 497.