Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday, 14 March 2021

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Five PMs, including Janša, urge EU summit on vaccines

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Five EU prime ministers, including Slovenia's Janez Janša, addressed on Friday a letter to Brussels calling for a summit on Covid-19 vaccines after Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz strongly criticised the distribution of vaccines among EU member states. He said some EU countries were receiving more vaccines than others. The letter, released on Saturday, was also signed by the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Latvia and Bulgaria. The European Commission issued a statement today saying the most equitable solution is on the basis of a pro rata of population of each member state, a solution it had proposed. However, member states then decided to depart from the proposal by adding a flexibility which allows agreeing on a different distribution of doses, taking into account the epidemiological situation and the vaccination needs of each country. "It would be up to member states to find an agreement if they wished to return to the pro rata basis."

Almost 850 new Covid-19 cases and 3 deaths on Friday

LJUBLJANA - A total of 847 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Slovenia on Friday from 3,800 PCR tests, for a 22.3% positivity share, while three persons died, the government said on Twitter. The 7-day incidence of new infections dropped to 678. Once it is below 600, the country will progress to a milder, yellow tier of restrictions, as Covid hospitalisations have already dropped below 500. Yesterday, they were at 436. The Sledilnik tracker site data shows there are an estimated 10,227 active Covid-19 cases in the country.

Year since Janša govt was appointed

LJUBLJANA - A year to the day, the government of Janez Janša assumed office, just a day after the coronavirus epidemic was declared by its predecessor in office and which has strongly marked its term. The government survived the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) leaving the coalition in December and an opposition-sponsored motion to oust it. The has also been marked by a troubled relationship between the government and many of the country's subsystems, including the media. Janša formed his third government after PM Marjan Šarec of the LMŠ resigned as his minority government had been struggling to secure a majority on some of the bills in parliament.

SD says it is ready for next general election

LJUBLJANA - The leadership of the opposition Social Democrats (SD) closed ranks at a meeting and strongly supported leader Tanja Fajon as the party is preparing for the next general election with the ambition to win. Fajon said they would do everything to give the people back trust in politics and social democracy, adding the party was open to cooperation with other parties. SD chief secretary Dejan Levanič said the party had recently set up its election headquarters, started compiling a list of election candidates and drafted concrete solutions for Slovenia's development.

Marco Odermatt wins Kranjska Gora giant slalom race

KRANJSKA GORA - Swiss skier Marco Odermatt won today's World Cup giant slalom race in Slovenia's Kranjska Gora after he finished the first run fourth. His fellow countryman Loic Meillard placed second (+1.06), followed by Austria's Stefan Brennsteiner (+1,09) in third place. With a total of 625 points, and just one more giant slalom race on the World Cup schedule this season, Odermatt has taken over as the overall giant slalom leader. Štefan Hadalin placed 18th as the best Slovenian.

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