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1,908 new coronavirus cases recorded on Friday
LJUBLJANA - Another 1,908 coronavirus cases were discovered in Slovenia on Friday, as 34.6% of PCR tests came back positive, data provided by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) show. The new daily cases are thus down week-on-week but up in daily comparison. Another 18 deaths have been reported. A total of 1,029 Covid-19 patients are being treated in hospitals today, down 30 from Friday, of whom 259 need intensive care, down 10 from the day before.
Italian army medical teams coming to Slovenian hospitals
LJUBLJANA - Fifteen Italian military health professionals will come to Slovenia on Sunday to join the medical teams of the Slovenian Armed Forces helping in Covid-19 hospitals. The Italian team will be greeted by Defence Minister Matej Tonin and Health Minister Janez Poklukar in Kranj, the Defence Ministry said in a press release. The arrival of the Italian team had been agreed at a meeting between Tonin and his Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini in Rome on 17 November.
Protest against new Covid legislation held in Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA - A group of protesters against government Covid-19 measures and the new bill on additional measures for curbing the epidemic and its consequences gathered in the Ljubljana city centre. There were some clashes with police and a few protesters have been detained. The protesters gathered unannounced in Ljubljana's Republic square at the invitation of the Resni.ca (Truth) party and civil initiatives. The party head, Zoran Stevanović, addressed the protesters, none of whom wore face masks or adhered to the rules on distancing.
GAS and SMC parties merge into Concretely
CELJE - The coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) and the non-parliamentary Economically Active Party (GAS) merged at a congress into a new party called Concretely that will focus on the social and economic development of Slovenia. The new party promises a policy of cooperation and inclusion. Concretely will be a political partner of business, and the economic and social development will be its key priority, heard the merging congress. The head of the new party, Zdravko Počivalšek, said after the congress that Concretely offered a breakaway from the old politics that focusses on the past.
Police commissioner issues dismissal warnings to trade unionists
LJUBLJANA - Police Commissioner Anton Olaj has allegedly signed dismissal warnings for the heads of the two police trade unions, Kristjan Mlekuš from the SPS trade union and Rok Cvetko from the PSS, the newspaper Dnevnik reported. Mlekuš reportedly received the warning because of statements he made in an interview with the newspaper Svet24, which Olaj believes have caused big moral damage to the police force and were a violation of his employment contract. According to Dnevnik's unofficial information, Olaj also signed the dismissal warning for Cvetko, who gave an interview in mid-October.
Parliamentary body endorsees changes in education
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Education Committee endorsed late on Friday amendments to the organisation and financing of education act, which would change the composition of school and kindergarten councils to increase the influence of the founder - government or municipality, as members of the opposition obstructed the vote.
Small protest staged in Maribor targeting Mayor Arsenovič
MARIBOR - A small rally was held in Maribor's central square targeting Mayor Saša Aresnovoč. About a hundred people gathered near the Town Hall calling for his resignation. The protesters also burnt a few posters with the mayor's image. The rally was addressed by its initiator Roman Križnjak, known as a founding member of Viole, the ultras of the local football club Maribor. He said Arsenovič's rule was arrogant, lacked care for the vulnerable groups and that he was putting his own interests first.
Fitch affirms Slovenia rating, outlook stable
FRANKFURT, Germany - Rating agency Fitch has affirmed Slovenia's credit rating at A with a stable outlook, Fitch said on its website on Friday, adding that this reflected the agency's expectations of a permanent recovery of the Slovenian economy thanks to the expected increase in investment and continued exports.
Slovenian ski jumping team third in Wisla
WISLA, Poland - The Slovenian ski jumping team featuring Cene Prevc, Peter Prevc, Timi Zajc and Anže Lanišek finished third in the first World Cup team event in Wisla, Poland. The victory went to Austrians, while the German team was second. The Slovenian team scored 834.4 points in the event marked by strong winds, with Cene Prevc boasting the longest jump of 135 metres in the finals.