Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 5 July 2020

By , 05 Jul 2020, 04:45 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 5 July 2020 Gordana Grlič

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Slovenia's daily coronavirus case count surges to 30

LJUBLJANA/MARIBOR - Slovenia recorded 30 new coronavirus infections from 1,456 tests on Friday, a new high since mid-April. The latest official data bring the number of active cases to 160. On the up side, only six Covid-19 patients remain in hospital, after four were discharged. None of them requires intensive treatment. More than half of the new cases are aged up to 44, including a child less than four years old. The number of infected staff at the emergency medical unit of the Maribor community health centre increased to eleven, plus one at the UKC Maribor hospital.

Janša offers app as solution until Covd-19 vaccine found

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša responded to the daily number of coronavirus infections hitting an eleven-week high by warning that there is a limited scope for action until an effective medication or vaccine against Covid-19 has been developed, offering a contact tracing app as a solution. Reacting on Twitter, Janša said one of the options was drastic shutdown of public life, border closures, social distancing and depression, while the other was mandatory use of a contact tracing app. The legislative proposal for such an app will be debated in parliament next week.

Border restrictions in force for citizens of Croatia, France, Czechia

LJUBLJANA - Croatia, France and the Czech Republic are no longer deemed green Covid-19 safe countries by Slovenia. Citizens of the countries demoted to the so-called yellow list will be submitted to a mandatory two-week quarantine on entering Slovenia unless they are just transiting the country or have booked accommodation here while their country was still green and also have a valid certificate proving they have tested negative for Sars-CoV-2. Belgium and the Netherlands have been promoted to the green list of what are now 21 countries for which no restrictions apply.

Ex-PM sceptical about impeachment motion

LJUBLJANA - Marjan Šarec, the former prime minister, expressed doubt about the Social Democrats' (SD) idea to seek an impeachment motion against PM Janez Janša after scepticism had already been aired by the opposition Left and the Alenka Bratušek Party (SAB). So the leader of the LMŠ party sceptical about Bratušek's idea to seek to put forward an alternative PM. "It will be hard for anyone to persuade us again to attempt a third government this term just so it is not Janša. We've seen that before," Šarec, who resigned as PM in late January, said on his Facebook profile.

ALDE to send fact-finding mission to Slovenia

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The ALDE party's bureau has decided to send a fact-finding mission to Slovenia, expectedly after the summer break, according to unofficial information available to the STA. The mission is to assess political developments in Slovenia with ALDE saying that more details would be announced later. However, ALDE party press service said yesterday there was "no discussion on expelling any of the Slovenian parties" from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). This was in response to rumour that the Modern Centre Party (SMC) was to be expelled.

Only Janša yet to get damages for imprisonment in Patria case

LJUBLJANA - The newspaper Dnevnik reported that retired brigadier general Tone Krkovič, one of the defendants in the Patria defence corruption trial, had reached a settlement with the state for EUR 60,000 in damages for wrongful imprisonment. This means that only Janez Janša, the incumbent PM, is yet to get damages for wrongful imprisonment over a guilty ruling that was quashed by the Constitutional Court in 2015. Businessman Ivan Črnkovič settled for EUR 63,000 in 2018. Janša claims EUR 900,000.

Slovenia recycled almost 40% of all waste in 2018

LJUBLJANA - Almost 3.6 million tonnes of waste was recycled in Slovenia in 2018, which is 38% of all waste generated in Slovenia or imported to the country. Another 43% of the waste or 4.1 million tonnes, mainly construction and demolition waste, was used for backfilling, the Statistics Office said. Still, 157,000 tonnes of all types of waste or 2% of all waste ended up on landfills. Some 207,000 tonnes or more than 2% was incinerated and utilized for energy and the remaining 39,000 tonnes was incinerated.

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