Slovenia & Coronavirus: 1,499 New Cases, 26% Positivity Rate; Survey Shows Widespread Distrust of Measures

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Slovenia & Coronavirus: 1,499 New Cases, 26% Positivity Rate; Survey Shows Widespread Distrust of Measures covid-19.sledilnik.org

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STA, 27 October 2020 - Monday's tally of new coronavirus infections in Slovenia reached 1,499 as 5,756 tests were carried out. Five Covid-19 patients died in hospital, while there is no data yet for care homes, coronavirus spokesperson Jelko Kacin told the press on Tuesday.

The number of active infections was at 16,347 on Monday, when 85 new patients were admitted to hospital, data on the national tracker site shows.

There are 560 coronavirus patients currently in hospital, up from 523 the day before. As many as 86 are in intensive care, up four, of whom 57 on a ventilator, the same as the day before.

Over the past two weeks, 780 people per 100,000 residents fell ill with coronavirus, up from 727 yesterday, according to covid-19.sledilnik.org.

Since the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Slovenia on 4 March, almost 25,580 infections have been confirmed.

The tracker site shows that 256 deaths have been recorded since the start of the epidemic, but it also says that only five people died yesterday.

The latest data presented at today's news conference is meanwhile 13, so the final death tally should be 264.

Kacin said the situation at hospitals was serious, with the number of hospitalisations doubling in slightly more than a week and expected to keep rising for a while.

UKC Ljubljana, the largest hospital in the country, has 140 Covid-19 patients, of whom 29 in intensive care, said Mateja Logar from the Clinic for Infectious Diseases.

The hospital has been expanding the number of its coronavirus beds, but they will eventually be forced to stop expanding as they are bound to run out of staff, she explained.

She said that Covid-19 patients are in hospital an average 10 to 14 days, but several weeks in intensive care.

Logar urged people to help stop the spread of the virus by observing all the restrictive measures, just like they did in spring. "Only in this way will be make it."

Patients in intensive care are 65 years old on average, the youngest being only 42.

A 33-year-old patient is being treated in an ordinary Covid-19 department, while there are also two children and a pregnant women who need air support to breathe.

A quarter of Slovenians distrustful of anyone regarding coronavirus

STA, 27 October 2020 - A third of Slovenians think that government measures equally take into account health and the economy, whereas almost a third believe that health is overly in focus at the cost of the economy, shows a survey by Mediana. A quarter said they trusted no one regarding information about coronavirus, whereas a quarter trust expert Bojana Beović.

More than 20% believe that the measures are too focused on boosting the economy at the cost of public health. The responses are similar to those given in a July survey featuring the same questions.

Some 82% think that the coronavirus crisis will have serious economic consequences and around 77% believe that teleworking will be on the rise.

When it comes to grave financial impact on individuals, 40% think that they will experience them personally. Almost half say that Slovenians will start turning to local producers more, almost a 10% decrease on July.

A quarter has zero trust in anyone regarding coronavirus information. Among experts, Bojana Beović, the government's main Covid-19 adviser, enjoys most trust - a quarter of Slovenians trust her. Some 15% trust doctors and epidemiologists, whereas the government's spokesman Jelko Kacin enjoys trust of almost 15%.

He is followed by Milan Krek, the head of the National Institute of Public Health (some 12%), Prime Minister Janez Janša (about 9%), infectologist Mateja Logar (6%), and Health Minister Tomaž Gantar (5%).

At the bottom of the ranking are the media, the government and trust in oneself.

The online survey was conducted between 2 and 4 October among 505 adults.

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