Almost 500 coronavirus cases logged anew as hospitalisations drop below 400

Ljubljana – A further 497 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Monday and six patients with Covid-19 died as hospitalisations dropped below 400 for the first time in nearly seven months, official data show.

Data released on the government web site show 4,232 PCR tests were performed on Monday, for a positivity rate of 11.7%. A total of 43,281 people were screened with rapid antigen tests.

The latest daily case count marks a slight increase (1.4%) from Monday a week ago, but data from the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) show the 7-day average of new cases remains flat at 444.

Meanwhile, the cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents dropped further to 331, from 350 the day before.

The situation at hospitals keeps improving after 52 Covid-19 patients were discharged yesterday, reducing hospitalisations to 383, the lowest figure since 21 October.

113 patients were in intensive care this morning, eight fewer than the day before.

According to NIJZ, there are now an estimated 7,054 active coronavirus cases in the country, out of 249,921 confirmed since the start of the pandemic.

Health Ministry data show that a total of 4,658 patients with Covid-19 have died.

According to NIJZ, 560,106 people have received the first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 and 294,282 have been fully vaccinated, the latter figure representing 14% of the population.