1,250 new infections recorded on Friday, twelve patients die
LJUBLJANA - Another 1,250 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Friday in a total of 4,730 PCR tests for a positivity rate of 26.5%, an increase of two percentage points compared to the day before. Hospitalisations were meanwhile down by 13 to 605, while 12 Covid-19 patients died, the highest daily number since 29 March. The number of new cases is slightly down compared to a week ago, while the rolling 7-day average is down by 5 from the day before to 927. 141 persons required intensive care, up by two compared to the day before. A total of 67 persons were discharged from hospital.
Partial wage subsidy for furloughed workers extended into May
LJUBLJANA - Partial wage subsidy for furloughed workers has been extended into May. as a measure to reduce the risk of companies deciding to lay off workers as they face a reduced demand or negative shocks in productivity related to the Covid-19 epidemic, the government said after Friday's session. The extension is expected to cost the state around EUR 31.5 million, and an estimated 45,000 employees are to be included. The average monthly subsidy per employee is EUR 700.
More exceptions added for entering Slovenia without quarantine
LJUBLJANA - The government has expanded the list of exceptions for entry in Slovenia without quarantine or the need to produce a negative PCR test, to include accredited journalists and persons who enter the country for emergency reasons. Coronavirus tests performed in the US and UK have meanwhile been added to the list of valid tests at border crossings, in addition to those from the EU member states or the Schengen Area. There are also some changes related to red-listed countries, as the entire Austria is now in the red, as well as Denmark.
Govt establishes strategic council for digitalisation
LJUBLJANA - The government has established a strategic council for digitalisation as an advisory body to the prime minister, whose primary task will be proposing concrete measures and legal acts in the field of digitalisation. The first task for the body, headed by Mark Boris Andrijanič of Uber, is to draft for Prime Minister Janez Janša in five months a framework proposal for the necessary systemic changes to facilitate digitalisation of the economy, public sector and state administration.
Aleš Vaupotič appointed new director of Moderna Galerija
LJUBLJANA - Comparative literature expert Aleš Vaupotič has been appointed the new director of Moderna Galerija, the national museum of modern art, for a five-year term starting on 6 April, the Culture Ministry confirmed for the STA following media reports. Vaupotič, who teaches comparative literature at the School of Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica, is also a multimedia artist, curator and art critic. The ministry said that the "candidate knows what he is interested in and what he wants" and that Vaupotič was communicative and able to connect various stakeholders.
Roglič wins his second Tour of the Basque Country, Pogačar 3rd
BILBAO, Spain - Slovenian cyclist Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) put up an excellent effort in the last stage of the Tour of the Basque Country to win the six-stage race for the second time in his career. The 112-km stage from Ondarroa to Arrate featured seven separate climbs and saw Roglič start it 23 seconds behind the race-leading Brandon McNulty of the US (UAE Team Emirates). His younger compatriot Tadej Pogačar was third overall after taking the 5th place in today's stage.
Around 400 people protest anti-epidemic measures in Maribor
MARIBOR - Around 400 people gathered in Freedom Square to protest the government's measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The event was monitored by police officers, who were calling on the protesters on loudspeakers to respect the measures, only to be booed. Some of them were holding signs or Slovenian flags, and some addressed the crowd by mobile speakers or microphones, and were cheered. Criticism could be heard of the announced self-testing for the novel coronavirus in schools, continued closure of bars and restaurants and wearing of face masks, with only a few of them wearing masks.