Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 9 August 2020

By , 09 Aug 2020, 04:23 AM News
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This summary is provided by the STA:

Friday's testing confirms 14 Sars-CoV-2 infections, one person dies

LJUBLJANA - In what preserves a flat line of daily Covid-19 cases at a level established at the end of June, 14 cases were confirmed in Slovenia in 829 tests on Friday. One person died, raising the death toll to 126. There are currently 22 Covid-19 patients in hospital, three of which in intensive care. One of the newly discovered cases involves an employee of the Novo Mesto care home, where the protection protocol has been activated as a result. There are presently 181 confirmed active cases in the country.

Chief Covid-19 advisor says multiple scenarios possible for schools in autumn

LJUBLJANA - Bojana Beović, the government's chief Covid-19 advisor, has told the STA that future developments are uncertain and that the government is preparing for various scenarios as regards the regime at schools in the the autumn. Beović said the epidemiological situation in Slovenia was presently fairly calm. A few new cases are recorded each day but in a scope that can be controlled. There is however concern that the virus could be spreading around the country unnoticed. She noted the winter-related epidemic trends presently seen in Australia were not inspiring optimism.

Pivec sees "putsch" developments in DeSUS, rejects misconduct allegations

MARIBOR - Agriculture Minister and Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) head Aleksandra Pivec has again rejected in an interview for Večer conflict of interest and corruption allegations raised against her, while she also spoke of "putsch" developments within DeSUS and her belief the party's former president Karl Erjavec is indeed attempting a comeback. She categorically rejected the possibility of joining the senior coalition Democrats (SDS) if she gets replaced. "I never identified with right-wing politics. However, I'm very pragmatic when it comes to executing matters of content and a loyal partner on top of that," she said.

Hojs reportedly doubts NBI findings in central bank, stent and cardiology cases

LJUBLJANA - Further details have come to light about Interior Minister Aleš Hojs's alleged order to acting Police Commissioner Andrej Jurič to secure a revision of certain already closed cases handled by the National Bureau of Investigation. TV Slovenija reported unofficially that Hojs wants a revision of the investigations involving Banka Slovenije in connection to the state of the Slovenian banking system in 2012, into the public procurement of stents, and into the responsibility of public office holders for the situation in paediatric cardiology. "If everything was conducted properly, this will be confirmed, but looking into this is the right thing to do," Hojs has commented for POP TV. Reactions by experts meanwhile suggest the minister has overstepped his powers.

Apostolic nuncio to Iraq Leskovar receives episcopal consecration

LJUBLJANA - Mitja Leskovar, the titular archbishop of Beneventum and apostolic nuncio to Iraq, received his episcopal consecration at the Ljubljana Cathedral. Leskovar, a Slovenian priest who has been with the Vatican's diplomatic service for nearly two decades, was appointed the apostolic nuncio to Iraq two months ago. At the same time, Pope Francis raised Leskovar to the titular See of Beneventum, conferring upon him the dignity of archbishop. The consecration was administered by Cardinal Franc Rode, who said the Holy Father was entrusting Leskovar with a demanding mission - he is sending him to become his "representatives with a nation that is very dear to his heart".

Italian string trio opening early music festival in Brežice

BREŽICE - An internationally renowned festival of early music got under way at Brežice Castle in the east of the country with a concert by the Italian string trio Guerra Amorosa. The Seviqc Festival will feature a total of five concerts in Brežice, Dolenjske Toplice and Slovenska Bistrica until 22 August.

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