Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 26 July 2021

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This summary is provided by the STA

Week-on-week rise in coronavirus cases continues on Saturday

LJUBLJANA - A total of 740 PCR tests were performed in Slovenia on Saturday, resulting in 32 new infections, in what is a week-on-week increase of 11 cases. The rolling seven-day average was also up by two to 65, shows the website of the National Institute for Public Health (NIJZ). The positivity rate for Saturday is meanwhile down by 0.6 of a percentage points compared to Friday to 4.3%. The number of Covid-19 patients in hospitals remained at 29, and the number of patients in intensive care units stayed at eight. One person died of Covid-19 on Saturday, the government meanwhile said on Twitter.

Slovenian police to get another multi-purpose helicopter

LJUBLJANA - The Slovenian police force will get another AW169 soon after Slovenia purchased the first multi-purpose helicopter, manufactured by Italy's Leonardo Helicopters, in early 2020. The EUR 15 million contract on the purchase, delivery and maintenance of the AgustaWestland AW169, a twin-engine, 10-seat multi-purpose transport helicopter, was signed on Saturday by Slovenian Interior Minister Aleš Hojs with representatives of Leonardo. Hojs said on the occasion that he was happy that the helicopter fleet of the Slovenian police was being expanded, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Olympics: Judoka Gomboc finishes 7th in men's 66kg category

TOKYO, Japan - Slovenian judoka Adrian Gomboc finished 7th in the men's 66kg category at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo after dropping to Baruch Shmailov of Israel in the repechage. The 26-year-old fought a tactical and cautious fight against the Israeli, who is ranked 8th on the global judo rankings. After the four minutes of regulation time, the pair fought for the golden point in extra time, with Shmailov concluding the duel with an ippon in only 34 seconds.

Yummy wins main award at Grossmann horror festival

ORMOŽ - Yummy, a 2019 Belgian comedy horror by Belgian director Lars Damoiseaux, won the Vicious Cat award as the 17th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a close last night. The judging panel said that that the film about a zombie outbreak that occurs after a Belgian couple goes to a hospital in the Eastern Europe to have plastic surgery was "an "exuberant treat" that merges two genres in the wish to make the audience both laugh and be scared. In addition to the award for the best feature film, Yummy has also received the audience's award, the organisers said on Saturday.

Slovenia's population decline in 2020 highest since 1945

LJUBLJANA - The Covid-19 epidemic has left an indelible mark on Slovenia's demographics, with the negative natural change recorded in Slovenia last year being the highest since 1945 due to high mortality as the number of deaths exceeded the number of births by almost 5,250. The Statistics Office said that the 2020 natural population decrease is mostly a result of above-average high mortality in November and December during the second Covid-19 wave. More than 24,000 residents died last year, an increase of nearly 3,800 on the average figure recorded in 2015-2019.


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