by P.T., STA
Slovenia recorded 2,013 new coronavirus cases from 6,813 tests on Tuesday, for a positivity rate of 29.5%. A total of 43 persons with Covid-19 died, show official government data.
There are currently 1,280 coronavirus patients in hospital, up five from the day before, of which 209 require intensive care, one more than yesterday.
Slovenia has recorded 58,950 positive cases since the start of the epidemic, while the death toll has now risen to 919, according to data tracker Covid-19 Sledilnik.
The last time there were more than 2,000 daily cases was on 10 November. The daily number of deaths is the second highest since the start of the epidemic after a record 45 cases yesterday.
Jelko Kacin, the government’s Covid-19 spokesman, noted that nursing homes were once again becoming major hotspots: one in five of the infections confirmed yesterday were among nursing home residents or staff.
He said there were now over 2,100 infections among the roughly 19,000 residents after 312 tested positive yesterday, and 845 infections among the roughly 12,300 members of the staff, up 59 in a day.
Kacin also stressed that hospitals remain at the limit of their capacity. “The virus exists, it is spreading quickly and it’s time we all behave as if we’re infected,” he said.