Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Tuesday, 4 August 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA:

One new coronavirus infection confirmed on Sunday, two persons die

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia confirmed one new coronavirus infection on Sunday after conducting 272 tests, show fresh official data. Two Covid-19 related fatalities were recorded, raising the national death toll to 122. A total of 22 persons were hospitalised with Covid-19, including two in intensive care, with both figures staying level on Saturday. There were 228 active cases in Slovenia yesterday, six fewer than the day before.

Social institutions pull out of Covid-19 task force

LJUBLJANA - The Association of Social Institutions left the government task force for Covid-19 after their demands regarding the treatment of infected residents of care homes off-site have not been met. The association has long been warning that most care homes do not have the capacity to set up three separate zones in case of confirmed Covid-19 as envisaged by the current protocols. It hopes the decision is only temporary and is prepared to take part in informal meetings.

Jančar receives major Austrian literature prize

SALZBURG, Austria - Drago Jančar, arguably Slovenia's leading contemporary writer, formally received the Austrian State Prize for European Literature 2020. The life-time achievement award is awarded to writers with a strong international presence. "Taking an individual to penetratingly render understandable the delusions of our history: this is one of the big strengths of his literature," the jury wrote about the 72-year-old. The ward ceremony also featured Nobel laureate Peter Handke, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Austrian Culture Ministry State Secretary Andrea Mayer.

Treasury extends three-year bond issue by EUR 50m

LJUBLJANA - The treasury has extended an existing three-year bond by EUR 50 million following demand by an investor. The yield to maturity was -0.492%, the lowest on record and just 27 basis points over a comparable German bond. The issue was completed at the end of June and is an indication of investor trust in the government's policies in the fight against Covid-19, the Finance Ministry said.

DeSUS MPs request explanation from Pivec over corruption allegations

LJUBLJANA - The pressure is building for Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec to give her side of the story about allegations of integrity breach or conflict of interest made against her. The MPs of her Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) said they expected to hear her explanations on Friday, however Pivec plans to do that next week.

Roma Holocaust Memorial Day marked

MURSKA SOBOTA - The European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day was marked, with keynote speaker Boštjan Žekš, an advisor to President Borut Pahor, saying he felt ashamed over the suffering of the Roma being almost forgotten. He also said that the Roma did not have it easy in modern-day Slovenia. What is more, it took a long time before the world started paying respect to the victims killed on the night of 2 August 1944 in Auschwitz-Birkenau when all the Roma prisoners had been killed, he said.

Italian, Danish pairs win beach volley World Tour in Ljubljana

LJUBLJANA - The Italian men's pair Andrea Abbiati and Tiziano Andreatta and the Danish women's pair Clara Windeleff and Line Trans Hansen are the winners of the fourth FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament held in Ljubljana's Congress Square over the weekend. This was the first international beach volleyball competition after the four-month break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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