Slovenia logs 1,627 new coronavirus cases, 66 deaths

NEWS 08.12.2020 12:35
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Source: TOBIAS SCHWARZ / AFP

Slovenia confirmed 1,627 new coronavirus cases after 6,158 tests performed in the last 24 hours and a record number of 66 infection-related deaths, the government said on Tuesday morning.

Currently, 1,304 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals, three more than on Monday, and 193 are intensive care, three fewer than the day before, government spokesman Jelko Kacin told a press conference.

He said that the situation with the coronavirus pandemic was concerning because the number of new infections was not decreasing. He said that there was again an increase in new cases in Ljubljana and other major hotspots.

The share of positive tests fell slightly from Monday to 26.42 percent, and the number of new infections grew compared with the situation of seven days ago. The death toll has reached 1,861.

Despite tight restrictions that have been in place for a month and half and have been extended to include this week, the numbers are still high, which has resulted in disagreements within the government and between its COVID-19 experts. Epidemiologist Mario Fafangel has recently resigned as chief adviser at the Health Ministry after criticising government measures in the media.