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Slovenia & Coronavirus, Thu 10/12: 1,849 New Cases Wed, 28.8% Positivity

By: P.T., STA

Slovenia registered 1,849 new coronavirus infections on a test positivity rate of 28.8% on Wednesday, as 49 more Covid-19 patients died. On the upside, hospitalisations have dropped slightly.

Data released by the government show a total of 6,410 tests were conducted on Wednesday. The test positivity rate dropped from 30.5% the day before but rose compared with 26.4% on Monday.

The number of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 decreased by a further 24 to 1,258 and the number of those in intensive care units dropped by nine to 189.

This was as 110 Covid-9 patients were newly admitted and 97 were discharged, Jelko Kacin, the government’s Covid-19 spokesman, told today’s press briefing.

Slovenia has confirmed 91,922 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, of which 20,803 are active infections, according to the tracker site covid-19.sledilnik.org.

The death toll from Covid-19 has increased to 1,949.

The seven-day rolling average per 100,000 residents rose by 0.7% from the day before to 1,506.9, according to the tracker site.

Meanwhile, the 14-day average remains highest in the Posavje region, in east central Slovenia, at 1,481, with Brežice and Krško singled as the hotspots by Kacin.

Only four regions have a 14-day average incidence of less than 800 per 100,000 residents: Gorenjska (773), Obalno-Kraška (760), Osrednjeslovenska (697) and Goriška (685).

Health Ministry State Secretary Marija Magajne, who also addressed the briefing, announced changes to notification of those who get tested of their test results.

As testing is becoming increasingly widely accessible and with the introduction of rapid antigen tests alongside PCR tests, the notifying of the results is being automatised.

Test results will be sent to the person concerned by text message from the National Institute of Public Health rather than from their GPs or the testing point, except for those who wish so.

To protect data privacy the notification will be two-stage so that the recipient of the first text message will need to enter a code to get the results by another message.

Test results will continue to be available via the e-health portal.

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