Covid Numbers Still Rising, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Expected Mid-April

By , 30 Mar 2021, 13:41 PM Lifestyle
Covid Numbers Still Rising, Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Expected Mid-April

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STA, 30 March 2021 - From a total of 5,395 PCR tests carried out on Monday, 1,080 came back positive for a positivity rate of 20%, up from Sunday's 16.4%. The daily death toll was as high as 15, an increase of 9. The seven-day average of new coronavirus cases rose by 14 to 957, the government said on Twitter on Tuesday.

The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals has reached 515 (down 11), of whom 105 are in intensive care (down 7), while 61 were discharged from hospital.

As many as 4,306 persons died until Monday, the government data shows.

The epidemic is on the rise due to the spread of the new, more virulent strains of the coronavirus.

According to the Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS), the reproduction number - showing how many people one infected person will pass the virus on to - is 1.19, but is expected to drop after the 1-11 April lockdown.

Given that the English variant doubles roughly every 11 days, the situation could rapidly worsen without the lockdown, to the point of switching back to tier red in early April; roughly half of the country is now orange (one tier better than red), with the rest split between red and yellow.

First delivery of Johnson & Johnson vaccine expected in mid-April

STASTA, 29 March 2021 - Slovenia expects to get the first delivery of the coronavirus vaccine developed by drug maker Johnson & Johnson in mid-April. The shipment is expected to contain 7,050 doses of the single-shot vaccine, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) said.

Slovenia currently uses the Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines. Johnson & Johnson's is the fourth vaccine to be approved for use in the EU and the first one that requires a single shot.

The latest NIJZ data shows just under 231,000, or roughly 11% of the population, have received the first shot of a coronavirus vaccine and roughly 112,000 have received both shots.

This week the focus of the vaccination campaign is on persons over 70.

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