Tomorrow’s headlines for Slovenia: Monday 26 October 2020

Tomorrow’s headlines for Slovenia: Monday 26 October 2020
Tomorrow’s headlines for Slovenia: Monday 26 October 2020
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Almost 1,700 new coronavirus cases have a record positivity rate

LJUBLJANA – 1,675 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Slovenia on Saturday. 29% of all tests gave positive results. Hospital admissions exceeded 500 and another six patients with Covid-19 died. The country’s total number of cases has now approached 23,000 at 22,952 as the number of active cases climbed to 14,288, according to data from the government and the national Covid-19 tracker site. The rolling 14-day average per 100,000 population rose to 682 and the death toll to 241. The Jožef Stefan Institute estimates that the number of reproductions has risen to 2.20, as the daily number of cases doubles within 6.2 days .

Prohibition of movements between parishes

LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša announced that as of Tuesday, in response to the surge in coronavirus, a ban on inter-community movements will be imposed across the country. “The restriction will initially apply to the whole country for 7 days and will gradually be relaxed by regions that will contain the epidemic first,” Janša said on his Twitter profile. A similar ban in the spring caused much controversy but was approved by the Constitutional Court.

Non-essential medical services suspended

LJUBLJANA – Most non-essential medical services have been suspended due to a decree by Health Minister Tomaž Gantar to focus health resources on the fight against Covid-19. After some hospitals, including UKC Ljubljana, began shutting down non-essential services in recent days, the new decree will apply to health care providers across the country. Oncology, pregnant and newborn services, vaccinations, and occupational medicine are exempt from the suspension.

President calls for bipartisan efforts to overcome the crisis

LJUBLJANA – President Borut Pahor spoke to the nation on Sovereignty Day, 29 years after the last Yugoslav troops left Slovenian soil, appealing to parliamentary parties to look to their predecessors at the time and work together to defeat the coronavirus crisis. Pahor said that Slovenia is now facing a situation again in which political and all-national cooperation is essential. In separate messages, similar appeals evoking the courage, determination and unity of the nation of the time were also made to Prime Minister Janez Janša and Speaker of the National Assembly Igor Zorčič.

Janša’s approval triggers an exchange with Biden aides

NEW YORK, USA / LJUBLJANA – Prime Minister Janez Janša’s endorsement of U.S. President Donald Trump for a second term sparked a heated Twitter exchange with Michael Carpenter, foreign affairs adviser to Trump’s Democratic challenger Joseph Biden. “Lol, Trump is accepting confirmation from the Slovenian Prime Minister, who had previously been charged and convicted of corruption charges,” Carpenter tweeted on Friday, while Janša denounced the tweet on Saturday as a blatant lie on Twitter.

The closing of the Sunday shop takes effect

LJUBLJANA – Today was the first Sunday that almost all stores are required to be closed according to an amendment to the Retail Act passed by the National Assembly in late September. The exceptions to the general ban include shops under 200 m2 at petrol stations, border crossings, ports, airports, train stations and bus stops as well as hospitals. Outside these facilities, stores less than 200 square meters may be open, but only shopkeepers, students, and retirees are allowed to work on Sundays, regular employees may not.

Roglič loses the red jersey in the Vuelta

LJUBLJANA – Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz won the Vuelta a Espana overall leader’s red jersey for defending champion Primož Roglič after Spaniard Ion Izagirre won the sixth stage in the Pyrenees. The Slovenian Jumbo Visma rider, who finished 20th today, fell back to fourth place overall, but is fighting for the overall lead 30 seconds behind Carapaz. This will be the case if the race continues on Tuesday after a state of emergency has been declared for all of Spain due to the coronavirus.

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