This summary is provided by the STA:
1,296 new coronavirus infections, five deaths on Friday
LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,296 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in 4,998 PCR tests in Slovenia on Friday for a positivity rate of 25.9%. The rolling seven-day average thus increased by four to 1,047, the government said on Twitter. Hospitalisations rose by 16 to 531, including 123 patients in intensive care, up five form the day before. 50 people were discharged from hospital and five patients died.
Rally against anti-corona measures held in Maribor
MARIBOR - Some 150 protesters gathered in the Maribor city centre on Saturday to protest against anti-coronavirus measures. The rally was organised through social networks. The protesters did not wear face masks and did not keep a safety distance. "Enjoy while you can", "Today we have classes in a furniture store", and "We are wearing a smile at schools not masks" were some of the banners the protesters carried. One of the banners urged teachers to wear masks and get tested so that schools could be open.
Minister orders oversight over paying out of epidemic bonuses
LJUBLJANA - Health Minister Janez Poklukar has ordered an emergency oversight over the paying out of epidemic bonuses. He said the costs of the oversight should be included in the financial plan of health institutes for 2021. After the financial plan is adopted, the oversight over the paying out of the bonuses for 2020 and 2021 should be carried out and the findings reported to the institution's council and the ministry, Poklukar said in a letter to the heads of health institutions obtained by the STA.
Minority director Mario Uršič dies
TRIESTE, Italy - The Trieste-born director Mario Uršič, who left a strong mark on the Slovenian theatre in Trieste, died on Thursday aged 81. He directed more than 70 plays for the Trieste theatre, and 80 radio plays for Radio Trieste, and worked with several other Slovenian theatres. Uršič was praised for shaping the Slovenian theatre in Trieste and enriching the theatre on both sides of the Slovenian-Italian border.
NEK building dry cask storage
KRŠKO - The Krško Nuclear Power Station (NEK) started building a long-planned dry cask storage on 1 March as part of its security upgrade. The construction of the storage is under way despite the scheduled one-month maintenance that started on Thursday. The project is to be concluded next year, said NEK CEO Stane Rožman.
Technical Museum celebrating 70 years
BISTRA - The Technical Museum of Slovenia was established 70 years ago today. To celebrate the occasion, a series of events were planned at its main location in Bistra and at the Postal and Telecommunications Museum in Polhov Gradec, but the lockdown forced the museum to celebrate online today. Founded in 1951, the museum opened its doors to visitors on 25 October 1953. Today, it boasts a number of permanent exhibitions on more than 6,000 square metres of surface area.
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