Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, April 5 2021

By , 05 Apr 2021, 04:43 AM News
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This summary is provided by the STA

720 new coronavirus infections, 7 deaths on Saturday

LJUBLJANA - Out of 2,797 PCR tests, 720 came back positive on Saturday for a 25.7% positivity rate, down 0.2 of a point from the day before, the government said on Twitter. The rolling seven-day average rose further to 1,058, after it exceeded 1,000 on Wednesday for the first time since mid-February. One of the thresholds for entering the red tier of restrictions is a seven-day average of new daily cases of over 1,000, but the colour-coded strategy is expected to enter into force again after the 1-11 April lockdown.

Advisory group proposes suspension of AstraZeneca vaccine for young

LJUBLJANA - The head of Slovenia's vaccination advisory group, Bojana Beović, told POP TV on Saturday evening that the group had proposed suspending vaccination of younger people with the AstraZeneca vaccine until all dilemmas about serious undesired side effects were clarified. Since some younger people have already received the first jab, Beović said a 12-week window until the second jab should provide enough time to take the final decision on the AstraZeneca vaccine. The European Medicines Agency is expected to issue a new recommendation on Wednesday.

Easter celebrated with empty churces

LJUBLJANA/MARIBOR - Slovenian Christians celebrated Easter without in-person Masses for the second year in a row as a sever lockdown was imposed for 1-11 April. Maribor Archbishop Alojzij Cvikl celebrated Mass at the Maribor cathedral, which was broadcast by TV Slovenija. He said Easter inspires joy, hope and love and urged people to spread this message. PM Janez Janša said in his Easter message the coronavirus pandemic had fully exposed our vulnerability and weaknesses, but he is confident Slovenia would also overcome this trial.

Health resorts suffer signifiant revenue drops during pandemic

LAŠKO/PODČETRTEK/ZREČE/BLED - Slovenian health resorts were closed during the first lockdown in spring 2020 and have now been closed a second time since October, admitting only patients sent there for rehabilitation. They have suffered a significant drop in revenue and hope legislation being drafted by the government will help the sector get back on its feet. Thermana Laško told the STA its net revenue dropped 31% in 2020 over 2019, while 9% of the revenue was generated by tourism vouchers.

Number of accidents at work down

LJUBLJANA - Statistics show that the number of accidents at work in Slovenia has been decreasing. While 3.8% of workers aged 15 to 64 had an accident at work in 2007, the figure dropped to 2.6% in 2013 and 1% last year. Around a third of those who had an accident at work last year, had only a minor accident, which left them absent from work for less than a day. 18% were meanwhile absent between four and 13 days. The share of workers experiencing health issues related to work is also falling.

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