This summary is provided by the STA:
Six new coronavirus infections confirmed on Wednesday
LJUBLJANA - Six new coronavirus cases were recorded in Slovenia as 1,212 people were tested on Wednesday, which is one case less than on Tuesday and six less than on Monday. No deaths were reported. The new cases, which were scattered across the country, take the total number of confirmed infections so far to 1,547. The death toll remains at 111. Seven Covid-19 patients are currently treated in hospital, two of which are in intensive care, the government said. Face masks became obligatory in closed public spaces in Slovenia again today.
Slovenia celebrated Statehood Day
LJUBLJANA - Several events featuring state officials were held to mark Statehood Day, a public holiday. President Borut Pahor, who laid a wreath at the Monument to the Victims of All Wars in Congress Square, received numerous notes of congratulation from leaders from around the world. The memory of 25 June in 1991, when parliament passed key pieces of legislation that paved the legal path for the country's independence from Yugoslavia, was also hailed by parties and organisations. There is acknowledgement that many challenges lie ahead, but also confidence Slovenia is up to the task, like it was in 1991.
Pahor worried by dwindling trust in political institutions, autocratic tendencies
LJUBLJANA - President Borut Pahor expressed concern in an interview Wednesday about the low level of trust in political institutions, saying things could get to a point "where somebody would understand this as a call for autocracy". "This simply must not happen," he told Radio Ognjišče. Pahor also commented on the anti-government protests. He said it is not possible to expect political correctness at protests, while the key thing is that there no physical and verbal violence and that death threats are avoided. In what is a likely reference to the "death to Janšism" slogan, which is perceived by PM Janez Janša as a direct death threat, Pahor stressed he meant threats that targeted physical persons, not calls addressing phenomena.
Slovenia sees 33% increase in asylum requests in 2019, EU 11%
BRUSSELS, Belgium - The number of asylum request filed in Slovenia increased by 33% to 3,820 last year, while the total increase in the EU was 11% to 738,425, shows an annual report published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). The largest share among the asylum seekers in the EU (11%) was accounted for by Syrians, followed Afghans (8.2%) and Venezuelans (6.2%) - the total number of the latter doubled -, while Algerians topped the list in Slovenia. There were 912,000 unresolved applications, significantly more than in the pre-2015 period. In Slovenia, the number of unresolved cases at the end of last year was 530, a 30% increase on the year before.
Petrol secures EUR 25m loan from EBRD to cushion coronavirus impact
LONDON/LJUBLJANA - The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a loan of up to EUR 25 million to the Slovenian energy company Petrol to help it mitigate the Covid-19 impact on its operations. In Wednesday's announcement, the London-based financial institution said the senior loan with up to two-year tenor would allow Petrol to actively manage its working capital needs across business lines amid the increased sales volatility caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The financing was approved on 24 April in the context the EBRD's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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