Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Wednesday, 29 July 2020

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This summary is provided by the STA:

Slovenian and Croatian FMs see no need for stricter border measures

LJUBLJANA - Foreign minister Anže Logar received his Croatian counterpart Gordan Grlić Radman in Ljubljana during what was the Croatian minister's first visit abroad since he resumed office. The pair discussed measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and the EU Council presidency, agreeing that there was no need for stepping up border restrictions. Logar said though that a stop should be put to the practice of people attempting to avoid mandatory self-isolation by making a stop in Croatia on their way from Bosnia and claiming they were coming from Croatia.

14 new coronavirus infections, one fatality for Monday

LJUBLJANA - Slovenia recorded 14 new coronavirus cases from 874 tests on Monday and one more Covid-19 fatality, which takes the official national case count to 2,101 and the death toll to 117. There are now 242 active cases. Government data show the number of Covid-19 hospitalisations has fallen to 17, including three intensive care cases. The latest infections were confirmed in ten municipalities across the country, including one at the Hrastnik care home, where 42 of the 125 residents are now infected. Another resident has died, which means Covid-19 has claimed three lives in the outbreak there. Bojana Beović, the government's chief Covid-19 advisor, said the effective reproductive number by which the virus was spreading was now at around 2 at care homes, while it had fallen below 1 elsewhere.

Social institutions threaten to leave Covid-19 task force

LJUBLJANA - The Association of Social Institutions decided to leave the government task force for Covid-19 over what it perceives as a lack of strategy for care homes when it comes to coronavirus infections. The head of the task force has called for dialogue and the relevant ministry still hopes that the association will be cooperative. The association insists that the elderly who get infected need to be isolated from the care home immediately, as this is the only way to effectively prevent infections from spreading further.

Majority of infections in care homes, schools and shops

LJUBLJANA - In the past two months, the majority of coronavirus cases were detected in care homes (80 infections), followed by schools (54), shops (37), health institutions (32) and restaurants, pubs and cafes (13), show the National Public Health Institute (NIJZ) data. A total of 30 infections were confirmed among manufacturing workers, same as among administration workers. Warehouses saw 16 cases, kindergartens 14, universities 13 and the public administration 12. Moreover, ten lorry drivers got infected with the coronavirus as well as eight construction and engineering workers, four people working in banks and three police officers.

Two dozen villages in Austria to get bilingual signposts

KLAGENFURT, Austria - 23 villages in Austria near the border with Slovenia will get bilingual signposts, according to decisions of the town councils of Sankt Jakob im Rosental and Sittersdorf in the province of Carinthia. The Slovenia minority welcomed the move and expressed hope that other municipalities would follow suit. At least signpost will expectedly be erected on 10 October, when the Slovenian and Austrian presidents Borut Pahor and Alexander Van der Bellen will visit Carinthia for the 100th anniversary of a plebiscite following the disintegration of the Habsburg Monarchy that saw the people of Carinthia choose between Austria and Yugoslavia.

Slovenian army member involved in fatal car accident in Naples

LJUBLJANA - The Defence Ministry announced last night that a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) serving at the Allied Joint Force Command Naples had been involved in a car accident in which one person died. It said the accident happened in his free time and involved a private car. As the investigation is ongoing, the ministry would not comment on Italian media reports suggesting that the SAF member had caused the accident under the influence of alcohol and even attempted to flee the scene but was prevented by members of the public. He allegedly hit a motorbike driven by a carabiniere that also carried his wife, who later died of her injuries in hospital.

Spurned constitutional judge nominee seeks vote annulment

LJUBLJANA - The newspaper Dnevnik reported that jurist Andraž Teršek, who failed to get elected a Constitutional Court judge by parliament June, had turned to the Constitutional Court asking it to annul the vote and order a new vote on his bid. Teršek won 42 votes in the secret ballot at the National Assembly on 16 June, four votes short of an outright majority, despite more than 50 members of the 90-strong legislature having pledged their support for him. Considering that eight ballots were invalid, Teršek is challenging the MPs' right to cast such ballot and the parliamentary rules of procedure on secret ballot, which he believes are unconstitutional.

PM's office warns against online scam featuring Janša's photos

LJUBLJANA - The prime minister's office issued a warning against internet fraud after a website featuring Prime Minister Janez Janša started making rounds on social media. The website redirects the users onto a site featuring a number of criptocurrency trade websites. The website appeared under the headline Special report: Latest investment by Janez Janša scares govt and big banks and features statements never uttered or written by Janša, the PM's office said in a press release. The office said it had already lodged a demand for withdrawal of the website but the final decision about this lies in the hands of the services provider.

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