36 new Sars-CoV-2 infections confirmed in ramped-up testing
There were 20 persons in hospitals yesterday for Covid-19, but none required intensive care. One person was discharged from hospital.
According to the national tracker covid-19.sledilnik, there are currently 419 active cases, out of the total of 2,722 cases recorded so far in Slovenia.
The biggest number of infections, nine, was recorded in the 45-54 age group, followed by the 25-34 age group (seven) and the 15-24 age group (six).
The data from covid-19.sledilnik also shows that two infections were confirmed among health workers and one in a resident of a nursing home.
The nursing home in Črneče in northern Slovenia could possible become a new hotspot as infection has been detected in another resident after the first one was detected recently. The first one was admitted to the nursing home last Friday.
Several employees of the nursing home are currently in isolation and the institution has stopped accepting new residents and prohibited all visits and contacts between residents.
Nuška Čakš Jager of the National Public Health Institute (NIJZ) meanwhile told the press that an exceptionally high rise in the number of infections developed in persons in quarantine had recently been recorded in Slovenia.
Infections develop in 10% of persons who have been ordered to quarantine, which means that it is an important measure for managing the spread of infection, added the head of the infectious diseases centre at the NIJZ.
According to her, the number of new confirmed cases among health workers is not increasing drastically, while a high rate of infections among young people could be detected.
Out of the 36 cases confirmed yesterday, seven were imported, of which two each from Croatia and Germany, said Čakš Jager, adding that there were a total of 323 such imports in recent weeks, mostly from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo.
Considering the latest statistics on infections, it cannot be concluded that the number of new infections will drop in near future, she said.
Government spokesman Jelko Kacin added that the government would get acquainted with the current epidemiological situation in the afternoon and continue the discussion on the preparation of institutions for the expected expansion of infections in the autumn.