New coronavirus cases up 53% week-on-week, hospitalisations down
LJUBLJANA - A total of 1,661 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported in Slovenia for Friday, an increase of 53% on the week before, show the data by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). The positivity rate of PCR tests was 39%, up by 13 percentage points week-on-week. Hospitalisations were meanwhile down, and there were six Covid-19 deaths. The 14-day case notification rate per 100,000 people was up by 17 to 844 and the rolling seven-day average of new daily cases increased by 81 to 1,458. The estimated number of active cases has been increasing as well, rising by 374 to 17,884 today, NIJZ said.
Slovenia passing baton of EU presidency to France
BRUSSELS, Belgium/PARIS, France - Slovenia is handing the baton of the rotating EU presidency to France today, the first day of 2022, as its six-month stint at the helm of the Council of the EU came to an end. The French presidency will focus on efforts to reform the European asylum system and Schengen, as well as climate change. Prime Minister Janez Janša considers the Slovenian presidency a success. He said that the six-month stint had been both a great challenge and tremendous opportunity, and a number of important steps have been achieved.
Lovro Kos with first career World Cup podium finish
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Slovenia's Lovro Kos finished third in the second event of the Four Hills Tournament as part of the men's Ski Jumping World Cup, finishing behind Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan and Markus Eisenbichler of Germany. This is the first career podium finish for the 22-year-old in the World Cup and the eight podium finish for Slovenians in Garmisch-Partenkirchen as part of the Four Hills Tournament.
Takanashi wins second Ljubno event, Kramer grabs Golden Owl
LJUBNO OB SAVINJI - Sara Takanashi of Japan won the second event of the New Year's tournament in Slovenia's Ljubno ob Savinji as part of the women's Ski Jumping World Cup, followed by Urša Bogataj of Slovenia and Marita Kramer of Austria, who won the Golden Owl Award for the overall winner. Slovenia's Nika Križnar (251.5 points) finished fifth to concede the overall win to Kramer (259.5 points), who earned 4.2 points more than Križnar, who is followed by Takanashi in the third overall place.
First newborn in Slovenia in 2022 is baby girl named Lila
LJUBLJANA - The first newborn in Slovenia in the new year was a baby girl named Lila, who was delivered a minute after midnight in the Ljubljana maternity ward, weighing 2,710 grammes and measuring 50 centimetres. Delivered about the same time was a baby girl in Maribor named Lina, who weighed 3,360 grammes and measured 51 centimetres. President Borut Pahor congratulated the mothers of both baby girls, and wished the newborns to be "happy, healthy and curious". The first baby boy this year was born at 2:40am in Izola, named Lan, weighing 2,890 grammes and measuring 52 centimetres.
New Year's Eve in emergency ward less busy than usual
LJUBLJANA - The New Year's Eve in the Ljubljana emergency ward was less busy this year than usual. There was one case of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and one severe stab wound in the stomach and a wound caused by pyrotechnics were treated, Matej Cimerman of the UKC Ljubljana hospital told the press. A total of 124 injured people were examined over the night, which is a "relatively low number" for the emergency ward in the capital for the New Year's Eve, Cimerman said. total of five major surgeries were performed, one of which involved plastic surgeons due to injuries by firecrackers.