Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 21 December 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA

NGOs warn newest corona package abolishes their state funding

LJUBLJANA - The Centre for Information, Cooperation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS) warned the the most recent corona crisis package, adopted by the government on Saturday, envisaged the abolishment of the state's fund for NGOs, the only systemic source of state funding for NGOs in Slovenia. Without state funding, there will be no more independent work in human rights, transparency, fight against corruption, fake news, hate speech, as well as a number of social projects designed to help vulnerable groups, CNVOS said. Economist Matej Lahovik, who is advising the government on corona crisis measures meanwhile told Radio Slovenija that NGO received between EUR 300 million and EUR 400 million from various ministries.

884 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, positivity rate over 33%

LJUBLJANA - 884 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in 2,646 tests on Saturday, pushing the positivity to 33.4%, the government said on Sunday. 39 people died, while 41 were discharged from hospital. Out of a total of 1,214 Covid-19 patients in hospital, 201 were in intensive care. The Health Ministry's data show that 2,358 people have died so far and the number of infections climbed to 105,897. Meanwhile, PM Janez Janša called on Slovenians to keep their contacts with others to a minimum in the coming weeks and advised Slovenians not to leave the country because entry into Slovenia and many other EU members will be very restricted.

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Health Ministry postpones start of trial mass testing by a day

LJUBLJANA - The Health Ministry decided to postpone the start of voluntary trial mass testing from Monday to Tuesday. Expert consultations are taking place, including about additional sites, the ministry told the STA. Details are to be presented tomorrow. The four-day trial testing was to start tomorrow morning in Congress Square in Ljubljana.

Woman rescued after giving birth in woods in the night

KOPER - Police officers, paramedics and soldiers provided help this morning to a migrant woman who had just given birth in the woods near the village of Rakitovec on the border with Croatia. Both mother and her newborn daughter are healthy, the Koper Police Administration said in a press release. They were a part of a group of abut ten people, four Iranians and six Afghanistanis, two families who had requested international protection in Slovenia, the press release said. A few hours later the Koper police, accompanied by soldiers, also found a citizen of Morocco with a seven-month old child near the Socerb castle. She also requested asylum for herself and her child.

Import of PPE and medical equipment in Jan-Sept six times higher than in 2019

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia imported six times more personal protective and medical equipment in the first nine months of 2020 than in the whole of 2019, the Statistics Office said. Slovenia imported EUR 175 million worth of protective and medical equipment between January and September, which was also seven times more than in the entire 2018. 67.4% all products imported are in the group of other finished textile products, which includes protective face masks. Gloves accounted for 15.4% of imported products and ventilators for 8.9%, while other wearable items, which includes surgery gowns accounted for 8.3%.

Slovenians third in women's Cross Country World Cup team sprint

DRESDEN, Germany - Slovenians Anamarija Lampič and Eva Urevc finished third in the women's team sprint finals at the FIS Cross Country World Cup in Dresden. The Swiss Nadine Fähndrich and Laurien van der Graaff won the race, while Russian Yulia Stupak and Natalia Nepryaeva were second. The Slovenian team finished the race 1.12 seconds behind the winners who crossed the finish line in 16:38.34, while the Russians came in 0.32 seconds after the Swiss.

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