Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Monday, 20 December 2021

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Nation-wide vaccination promotion campaign kicks off

LJUBLJANA/BLED - A campaign aimed at boosting the Covid-19 vaccination rate kicked off. Taking place until Thursday, 62 vaccination centres across the country will work overtime, some open around the clock. Health Minister Janez Poklukar kicked off the campaign in Bled, where he got his booster shot. In view of the highly transmissible omicron variant that is now on the rise across the world, he urged all residents to get vaccinated. "Omicron is a part our lives and it is right to prepare," he said.

New coronavirus cases, at 767, broadly flat on week before

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia reported 767 new cases of coronavirus for Saturday, down two percent on the week before. The inflow of new cases having flattened in recent weeks, hospital numbers continue to decline. There were 701 patients with Covid-19 in hospital, down two from yesterday. The number of ICU cases declined by seven to 216. Thirteen patients died. The 14-day incidence per 100,000 population dropped by 15 to 874.

US Senate confirms new ambassador to Slovenia

WASHINGTON, US - The United States Senate confirmed Jamie Linder Harpootlian as the new ambassador to Slovenia. "I am deeply honoured and grateful for the confidence that President Biden has placed in me. I also want to thank Sen. Lindsey Graham for his support in the confirmation process. I look forward to representing the United States of America in Slovenia," Harpootlian said in a emailed statement to The State, a South Carolina newspaper.

Korean, Finnish dramas win top accolades at LGBT Film Festival

LJUBLJANA - South Korean drama House of Hummingbird by Bora Kim, a coming-of age story about 14-year-old Eunhee, a lonely and awkward teenager struggling to figure out who they are, was declared best film at the LGBT Film Festival. The jury said coming-of-age movies were an important part of LGBTQ+ in that they help youths who are questioning their identity better understand themselves. The Finnish drama Tove, a biography of the children's book author Tove Jansson by Zaida Bergroth won the audience award.

Yaskawa increasing robot production despite supply issues

KOČEVJE - The Kočevje-based factory of Japanese industrial robot producer Yaskawa saw a big drop in revenue last year due to the Covid-19 epidemic, but this year it is seeing production and sales growth. They expect sales to reach EUR 32 million 2021, a 140% increase compared to last year. The company estimates that it will produce and sell 3,400 robots and 2,100 controllers this year, a significant increase on last year, when they only made half as many robots and only 200 controllers.


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