Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 18 January 2021

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PM thinks hard lockdown may not be necessary

LJUBLJANA - Prime Minister Janez Janša thinks a hard lockdown that would involve limiting people's movement to within a certain radius around their home may not be necessary. "Due in particular to the introduction of rapid testing, it will be possible to weather the January-February wave without the most drastic measures," he told Planet TV on Saturday evening. Janša stressed that the effects of vaccination were starting to show as well.

569 infections confirmed in 3,067 tests on Saturday, 40 died

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia recorded 569 new coronavirus cases on Saturday out of 3,067 PCR and rapid tests combined, and 40 further Covid-related deaths, fresh government data showed. Compared with a week ago, the daily case count continued to improve. 1,220 persons were in hospital, down by four on Friday, including 188 patients in intensive care, a drop of five. The positivity rate for PCR tests was roughly 21%, an improvement from 24% on Friday. The 7-day average of new daily cases continued to decline, falling to 1,366 from 1,392 the day before. The figure is nearing the 7-day average of 1,350 that is set as the limit below which easing of restrictions can begin.

Slovenian triggers Frankfurt Airport evacuation

FRANKFURT, Germany - The German Federal Police reported it had evacuated and closed off sections of Frankfurt Airport due to a security threat posed by a Slovenian citizen on Saturday. The 38-year-old, who was not wearing a face mask, threatened police officers and resisted arrest. His abandoned luggage was deemed harmless. He was detained and taken to a psychiatric hospital, according to police spokesperson, who also said the Slovenian was considered the main suspect. His motive has not yet been established. The Slovenian police has been notified of the incident.

Potential staying of school closure would be health risk, govt says

LJUBLJANA - After a group of parents recently filed a constitutional review proposal of the closure of primary schools and kindergartens, the government said that if the Constitutional Court stayed the implementation of the decree, that would be contrary to all the prevention measures and would mean direct harm to public health. The parents meanwhile believe remote schooling is neither an appropriate nor a proportional measure.

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