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Slovenia to receive 25% less Pfizer vaccine next week
CELJE - Slovenia will receive 20-25% less Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine than planned on Monday due to production adjustments at Pfizer, Health Ministry State Secretary Marija Magajne told the press. This means the first-dosage vaccination will be delayed, and the whole vaccination plan will need to be adjusted.
Report: SOVA head infected with coronavirus
LJUBLJANA - The head of the SOVA intelligence agency, Janez Stušek, is infected with the new coronavirus, web portal 24ur.com reported. Since he attended a session of the Commission for Oversight of Intelligence and Security Services on Friday, all nine members of the commission will be tested. This means, the secret ballot on the no-confidence motion in the Janez Janša government, which was to be held on Wednesday, will most likely be postponed.
1,523 new coronavirus infections confirmed on Friday, 19 people died
LJUBLJANA - A total of 10,553 PCR and rapid testes were conducted in Slovenia on Friday with 1,523 of them returning positive, a slight increase on the day before but a notable drop in weekly comparison. Another 19 Covid-19 patients died, brining the death toll to 3,140, fresh government data show. 1,224 Covid-19 patients were in hospital, which is 42 fewer than the day before, and four fewer needed intensive care (193). A total of 128 people were discharged from hospital.
Janša congratulates new CDU head
LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša congratulated Armin Laschet on his election as the leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Janša congratulated Laschet on Tiwtter in German, adding he was looking forward to future cooperation between his Democrats (SDS) and the CDU. Laschet, the centrist premier of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, was elected CDU head at today's digital congress of the party.
Agency DBRS Morningstar confirms Slovenia's credit ratings
LJUBLJANA - The Toronto-based rating agency DBRS Morningstar has confirmed Slovenia's credit rating at A (high), noting that the trend on all ratings was stable. "The confirmation of the A (high) ratings and stable trends reflect DBRS Morningstar's assessment of Slovenia's credible macroeconomic policy framework, even when confronted with the current health and economic crisis," the agency said. The Finance Ministry said this was another proof that Slovenia remained a trustworthy country despite the difficult situation.
Consular service chief says vaccination brings hope for revival of travel
LJUBLJANA - Andrej Šter, the head of the Foreign Ministry's consular service, told the STA in an interview that vaccination brought hope that coronavirus restrictions to travelling could be gradually eased. He believes a unified vaccination certificate will be required to restore travelling within the EU. He is upbeat about the fast process of vaccination, noting that vaccination provided much greater certainty that a person is not infected than tests.
Smart bird feeder becomes most successful Slovenian project on Kickstarter
LJUBLJANA - Bird Buddy, a project of a smart bird feeder created by a predominately Slovenian team, has raised a total of EUR 4.19 million on Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform, thus becoming the most successful Slovenian project ever. So far the most successful Slovenian campaign on Kickstarter was for electric bike Flykly, which collected around US$700,000 (EUR 570,000).
Italy's Marta Bassino wins World Cup giant slalom race in Kranjska Gora
KRANJSKA GORA - Italy's Marta Bassino is the winner of the first Women's World Cup giant slalom race of the 57th Golden Fox in Kranjska Gora. France's Tessa Worley was second, and Michelle Gisin from Switzerland third. The best ranking Slovenians were Meta Hrovatin in ninth and Neja Dvornik in 23rd place. Another giant slalom race will take place on Sunday.
Slovenia lose to Russia but advance at handball worlds
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - Slovenia lost to Russia in their second match in Group H of the preliminary round at the World Men's Handball Championship. They have nevertheless already qualified for the main round as South Korea eliminated themselves from contention with a loss to Belarus. Slovenia will wrap up the preliminary stage on Monday against Belarus.
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