Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 5 August 2020

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Nine new coronavirus cases confirmed on Monday, one fatality

LJUBLJANA - Nine new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections were confirmed in Slovenia in 890 tests on Monday, while one person died, according to the most recent data provided by the government. This brings the total number of confirmed infections so far to 2,190 and deaths to 123. According to the data from the Hrastnik municipality, a hotspot of Covid-19 at the moment, the diseased was a resident of the local care home. Moreover, three of the new confirmed infections are residents of the home.

Geneplanet ventilators supplied to thirteen hospitals, one private clinic

LJUBLJANA - Thirteen public health institutions and a private concessionaire have received the much discussed Siriusmed R30 ventilators ordered through Geneplanet. Although the Health Ministry decided in May that they could be kept only if additional equipment is supplied to make them suitable for Covid-19 patients only two hospitals received this equipment.

Huawei seeks to discuss 5G security with govt

LJUBLJANA - In the wake of Slovenia's announcement to sign a Joint Declaration on 5G Security with the US, China's Huawei said it is willing to discuss 5G technology security issues with the Slovenian government as well as sign a non-spy agreement with the country. "Signing the Slovenia-US joint declaration on introducing 5G in Slovenia will not contribute to greater cyber security," said Radoslaw Kedzia, Huawei Technologies vice-president of central Europe and Nordic states. The Chinese tech giant believes that labelling certain 5G providers as highly risky without any proof is another in line of baffling decisions by the US.

Youth drinking in Slovenia down but still above intl average

LJUBLJANA - Alcohol consumption among young people in Slovenia declined in 2017/2018 but it remains high by international standards, the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ) said, as it presented the results of international survey Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) for Slovenia. The survey, conducted in Slovenia every four years, showed that 71% of 15-year-olds and 86% of 17-year-olds have tried alcohol, while 27% of 15-year-olds and 52% of 17-year-olds have been drunk at least twice in their life.

Fierce storms hit western Slovenia on Monday

KOPER - Fierce storms with winds exceeding 120 km/h hit western Slovenia Monday afternoon. The coastal region seems to be hit hardest, with locals clearing debris, fallen trees and pumping water out of buildings late into the night. Storms raged over Primorska, Notranjska, central Slovenia and as far east as the Drava valley, Environment Agency data show. Most of the calls for help to the Civil Protection and Disaster Relief hotline were made due to fallen trees, damaged roofs and flooded basements, while two lightning strikes were also reported. The heavy rainfall triggered two landslides and flooded roads.

NSi established 20 years ago

LJUBLJANA - New Slovenia - Christian Democrats (NSi) celebrated its 20th anniversary, but a major ceremony, to be attended by the head of the European People's Party, Donald Tusk, is scheduled for 4 September. NSi head Matej Tonin said the party should grow stronger to fortify the healthy and rational political centrum in Slovenia. The NSi has evolved into a modern centrist western European Christian Democratic party, Tonin said. The NSi received congratulations from European People's Party (EPP) president Donald Tusk and EPP group leader Manfred Weber.

Lake Bled promenade displays iconic images

BLED - Paintings of the National Gallery capturing the beauty of lakeside resort Bled have been put on display along the Bled waterfront. The area has been a source of inspiration for numerous painters and is one of the most famous images of Slovenia. Running between 1 and 23 August, the exhibition, titled Images of Paradise, displays depictions of the lake, Bled Island, the castle towering above the lake and surrounding mountains. It features captions in the Slovenian and English languages.

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