Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday 27 July, 2020

By , 27 Jul 2020, 03:50 AM News
Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday 27 July, 2020 Wikimedia - Pedro Ribeiro Simões

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Hrastnik care home major 16 new coronavirus infections, the bulk in Hrastnik care home

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia's daily tally of new coronavirus cases hit 16 for Saturday, including 12 residents and one staff member in the Hrastnik care home, and another person at this east central municipality, which now has the most of the country's 241 active cases. While no new Covid-19-related fatality was reported for Saturday, the care home said one of its residents died of the disease during the night to Sunday in the home and another died at Maribor UKC hospital. This would bring the national Civid-19 death toll to 118. The Hrastnik home had recorded 41 infections among its residents and 11 among staff.

14,000 quarantine orders, EUR 100,000 fines during first Covid-19 wave

LJUBLJANA - Slovenian authorities issued nearly 14,000 quarantine orders during the first wave of coronavirus infections from 12 March to 31 May. The government helped repatriate some 2,300 citizens, while fines imposed for beach of lockdown and quarantine rules exceeded EUR 100,000, shows a report adopted by the government on Thursday for the Sars-CoV-2 epidemic, which formally ended on 31 May. The country's total coronavirus case count stood at 1,473 by then, but has since crossed 2,080.

Janša defends minister over promo video appearance

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša endorsed Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec's appearance in a promotional video of a private company, which is being looked into by the country's anti-graft watchdog. Janša tweeted it was expected of government members to promote domestic companies. This was after a controversy arose over Pivec making a visit to the Kras region with her family on 25 and 26 June as a guest of the local winemaker Vinakras during which time she appeared in the company's promotional video.

Pandemic boosts demand for Tik Kobarid products

KOBARID - One of the Slovenian companies that has benefited from the coronavirus pandemic is Tik Kobarid, a manufacturer of disposable medical devices. Its sales revenue trumped projections by 9% in the first half of the year. Tik generated EUR 6.5 million in sales revenue last year, 6% more than the year before and 28% more than five years ago, with exports accounting for 86% of the revenue. The company, which employs 159 people, expects good results at the end of 2020 as well.

Beti developing innovative eco-friendly yarn

METLIKA - Beti, a leading European manufacturer of dyed polyamide yarns, is developing an innovative eco dye yarn made of waste plastic bottles in what it hopes will be a major development breakthrough. Maja Čibej, the CEO of the Metlika-based company, says the EUR 10,000 project involves optimised dye process that will reduce consumption of water by almost a third, cut CO2 emissions and save energy. The new yarn, made of fully recycled polyester, is to be launched onto the market next year.

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