Slovenia plans to vaccinate all adults in the country by July

NEWS 24.03.2021 11:51
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Source: Marko Lukunic/PIXSELL

Slovenia on Wednesday reported 1,288 new coronavirus infections, a significant increase from 981 cases on Tuesday and 16 percent more compared to last Wednesday. The country's government said that the entire adult population could get vaccinated by the end of June.

Over the past 24 hours, 6,979 tests were done and 1,288 infections were confirmed. Nine people died as a consequence of the disease, the country’s health ministry said.

The government is set to discuss the worsening situation in a meeting later on Wednesday, but for the time being it seems unlikely that any new restrictions are in the works. Schools will continue operating using a combination of online and in-person classes, according to local media reports.

The number of hospitalized patients continues to increase, with 507 people currently in hospital care, which is why hospitals have been instructed to prepare for the reopening of Covid-19 wards and designate 10 percent of available beds for that purpose.

There are currently 11,211 active cases in Slovenia, and with the nine latest fatalities, the death toll has to date has now climbed to 3,985.

So far, 187,288 people or 9 percent of the country’s population of 2.1 million have been vaccinated, including 104,103 who have received both doses. The government is still optimistic about the success of the vaccination campaign.

The state secretary in charge of vaccination, Jelko Kacin, told state television RTV SLO on Tuesday evening that the country had ordered 3.1 million doses which should arrive in the coming months, and that the entire adult population could be vaccinated by the end of June.

Employers in the hospitality industry have sent an open letter to Prime Minister, Janez Jansa, complaining that the government aid and subsidies proved to be insufficient to save jobs in that sector, noting that in the period from March to December 2020 around 3,000 restaurants and bars have folded, forcing some 12,300 people to register with the government’s employment bureau.

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