Average daily coronavirus count down as hospitalisations fall below 500

Ljubljana – Slovenia confirmed 952 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a drop of 21% from the same day a week ago, to push the 7-day average to 728 from 764 the day before. Covid-19 hospitalisations dropped below 500 again, but four patients died, data released by the government show.

Of the 6,017 PCR tests performed yesterday, 15.8% came back positive. In addition, 25,046 rapid antigen tests were also performed with all the positives there re-examined with PCR tests.

The number of patients hospitalised with Covid-19 dropped by 21 from yesterday to 485, 14 fewer than Saturday morning when hospitalisations fell below the 500 mark for the first time since late October.

Noting that development, Maja Bratuša, the government’s Covid-19 spokesperson, said that 38 patients with Covid-19 had been admitted to hospitals and 55 discharged yesterday. The number of intensive care cases rose by two to 92.

With hospitalisations falling below 500, one of the two conditions for the country to move to a lower, yellow tier of restrictions at the national level has been met, but the 7-day average of new cases is still far from falling below 600.

Bratuša noted that the government was meeting today to re-examine the situation and potentially adjust measures.

Considering the situation in South-East Slovenia, one of the yellow-tiered regions, is deteriorating, while the situation in the red-tiered south-western region of Obalno-Kraška has been improving, there may be changes in the colour codes of the regions.

The national cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents is at 496. Obalno-Kraška still has the highest incidence, at 754.

Deputy chief epidemiologist with the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Nuška Čakš Jager said Slovenia’s 14-day incidence was still high in international comparison, with only the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Malta having a higher one in the EU.

She noted that only 15 infections had been detected in care homes over the past fortnight, most of those in newly admitted residents. She also noted a decline in fatalities.

A weekly analysis of transmissions among children, youth and teachers in education institutions shows the share of transmissions among kindergarten children remains constant at 1.72%.

The share is increasing somewhat at schools, which Čakš Jager described as a normal trend.

Slovenia has so far reported 197,374 coronavirus cases, with 10,446 still estimated to be active, according to the NIJZ.

Data from the tracker site covid-19.sledilnik.org show that a total of 3,908 Covid-19 patients have died.

However, NIJZ data released on Monday show that 4,156 patients with Covid-19 had died by Sunday, 7 March. Adding Monday’s seven fatalities and Tuesday’s four to that figure, brings the death toll to 4,167.

NIJZ data as of 9 March show that a total of 150,144 people have received the first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 and 63,908 have received two.