Coronavirus and lockdown in Slovenia: Daily updates

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Slovenia has conducted over 2,888,000 COVID-19 tests since the global pandemic started last year. There have been over 4,429 deaths recorded due to Coronavirus in Slovenia, while over 229,000 people have been infected with Coronavirus. in Slovenian hospitals there are currently 624 people being treated for Coronavirus.

Constitutional Court stays ban on public gatherings

LJUBLJANA – The Constitutional Court has stayed the implementation of a government decree that temporarily bans public gatherings and events arguing that a new decree should be adopted with due consideration of the right to gatherings being a fundamental human right. It said any new ban must take into account not only the human rights aspect but also the fact that gatherings are an important means of expressing political positions. The stay does not enter into force until 18 April, when the current decree expires.

Sputnik and Johnson & Johnson jabs added to quarantine-free border pass

LJUBLJANA – The government has made several changes to border restrictions, including to expand the exceptions for quarantine-free entry into Slovenia to people vaccinated with the Russian Sputnik V and the US Johnson & Johnson jabs against Covid-19, provided they have received the first dose at least 21 days ago. Quarantine- or test-free entry is already possible for those producing certificates proving they have been inoculated with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines.

Number of new coronavirus infections drops on Wednesday

LJUBLJANA – The number of new infections dropped both in daily and weekly comparison in Slovenia on Wednesday. A total of 891 new cases were confirmed in 4,278 PCR and 24,242 rapid tests, while a week ago the figure was 1,527. Seven patients died. The rolling 7-day daily average dropped from 1,021 to 931 yesterday, which means the countr

Trade union calls for full reopening of hospitality sector

LJUBLJANA – Although the hospitality sector has been eagerly awaiting at least a partial reopening, it is not happy with the government’s decision to reopen only outdoor facilities in eight of Slovenia’s 12 regions with the best epidemiological situation. If restaurants and hotels can be open for politicians, business meetings and sport events, they should open for all so that hospitality workers can work and live off their pay, the union said.

Govt secures one-off allowance for the unemployed

LJUBLJANA – More than 10,000 unemployed who have lost their job since the coronavirus epidemic was first declared in the country over a year ago will receive a one-off solidarity allowance of EUR 150 under a decision taken by the government on Wednesday. According to a press release issued after the session, the government secured EUR 1.51 million for the first payment of the allowance by relocating funds within the financial plan of the Ministry of Labour.

February pay down on monthly level, up annually

LJUBLJANA – The average gross pay in Slovenia in February stood at EUR 1,946, down 1.6% nominally and 1.9% in real terms on January. Totalling EUR 1,254, the average net pay was also down – by 1.2% in nominal terms and 1.5% in real terms, the Statistics Office said on Thursday. Those working in healthcare and social care received the highest pay.

Slovenia says Covid certificate must not lead to more restrictions

LJUBLJANA – The EU member states reached an agreement at the ambassadorial level on a joint position on Covid certificates, with Slovenia emphasising that such a certificate must not lead to additional restrictions and that it must be available to all citizens. The joint position will serve as a basis for the member states to negotiate with the European Parliament, and the goal is that the certificate that would make it easier to Europeans to travel is to be ready by summer.

Outdoor hospitality to open in eight regions Monday

BRDO PRI KRANJU – Conducting its weekly review of coronavirus restrictions, the government allowed hospitality establishments in eight of Slovenia’s twelve statistical regions to serve guests at outdoor tables from 7am to 7pm for a week starting from Monday. Beer gardens and restaurant and cafe terraces will be allowed to reopen in the Goriška, Gorenjska, Obalno-Kraška, Pomurska, Posavska, Podravska, Koroška and Zasavska regions between 19 and 25 April.

Self-testing at secondary schools postponed

LJUBLJANA – The Health Ministry postponed the launch of voluntary self-testing for secondary school pupils for coronavirus planned for Friday due to a delay in the supply of test kits. Slovenia has ordered 300,000 rapid antigen test kits as part of an EU bulk buy. It is not clear yet when self-testing cold start. Meanwhile, several civil initiatives have collected over 21,000 signatures in support of a petition against self-testing.

Many turning down AstraZeneca jab

MARIBOR/LJUBLJANA – Slovenia’s largest two vaccination centres witnessed massive cancellations by those due to get an AstraZeneca jab last week. Half of those invited turned down the jab in Maribor and a third in Ljubljana, the local community health centres said. Bojana Beović, the head of the national immunisation advisory commission, expressed surprise considering the vaccine involves no risk for the age group in principle. She said GPs should talk to their patients to better explain the risks and benefits involved. Under the valid national vaccination strategy, AstraZeneca is currently administered to over 60-year-olds. Beović said that as far as she knew everyone over 60 who had wished so had been vaccinated, so the rollout could move down to the next priority tier.

Nearly 1,050 test positive for coronavirus on Monday, four people die

LJUBLJANA – The coronavirus test positivity rate for Slovenia rose again, reaching 22.9%, as 1,049 people tested positive for the coronavirus in 4,588 PCR tests performed on Monday. The rolling seven-day average of new daily cases rose from 903 on Sunday to 1,014, while the 14-day incidence per 100,000 people dropped slightly from 653.8 to 652.5. The number of people requiring hospital care dropped from 636 the day before to 617, while 146 people, four more, required intensive therapy. 79 people were discharged from hospital. Four people died of Covid-19.

Self-testing to begin at secondary schools on Friday

LJUBLJANA – Voluntary self-testing of secondary school pupils for coronavirus will be launched on Friday, while year six to nine primary school pupils will start to self test after May Day holidays, Health Ministry State Secretary Franc Vindišar announced. He added that self-testing would be preformed in schools ahead of classes and will take about 15 minutes. After Friday, it will be repeated every Monday.

After lockdown, Slovenia in red tier of restrictions

LJUBLJANA – Slovenia entered the red tier of coronavirus restrictions under an overhauled traffic light system after an eleven-day circuit breaker lockdown ended. The night curfew was lifted after nearly six months, most shops and services reopened and pupils are back to school. Primary schools and the final year of secondary school returned to full in-person instruction and the rest of secondary students are split in half to alternate between classroom and remote learning every week.

Vaccination task force decides AstraZeneca to be used for everyone over 18 years old

LJUBLJANA – The Covid-19 vaccination task force at the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) has decided the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered to everyone over 18 years old without any restrictions, a member of the group Alojz Ihan told commercial broadcaster POP TV given that EMA had found no connection with side effects to either age or gender. This was confirmed by the head of the group, Bojana Beović.

Vaccination coordinator blames info commissioner for vaccination problems

LJUBLJANA – National vaccination coordinator Jelko Kacin pointed the finger at Information Commissioner Mojca Prelesnik last night when asked about problems in vaccination organisation on a current affairs show broadcast by RTV Slovenija. Prelesnik denied the accusation, saying the responsibility for delays lay solely with the government. Kacin was asked on air Sunday night why Slovenia had not set up an effective nation-wide IT system allowing those who want to get vaccinated to register for a jab. The moderator also noted that some had gotten vaccinated simply by turning up at a vaccination site, while others could not get vaccinated despite having applied.

Slovenia urges launch of Covid passport by June along with some EU members

BRUSSELS, Belgium – A group of 13 EU countries, including Slovenia, intends to address a letter to chief EU institutions listing seven priorities in preparations for Covid-status certificates that are expected to facilitate travel amid the pandemic. The countries call for launching the system as soon as possible, preferably by June.

Confusion Reigns Over How to Get Vaccinated for COVID in Slovenia

National vaccination coordinator Jelko Kacin pointed the finger at Information Commissioner Mojca Prelesnik last night when asked about problems in vaccination organisation on a current affairs show broadcast by RTV Slovenija. Prelesnik denied the accusation, saying the responsibility for delays lay solely with the government.

Kacin was asked on air Sunday night why Slovenia had not set up an effective nation-wide IT system allowing those who want to get vaccinated to register for a jab. The moderator also noted that some had gotten vaccinated simply by turning up at a vaccination site, while others could not get vaccinated despite having applied.

Source: STA

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