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More positive cases yesterday than on the same day last week

Today’s press conference on the current situation with regard to COVID-19 was held by Deana Potza of the Health Inspectorate and Deputy Director General of the Police Tomaž Pečjak.

Tomaž Pečjak

Tomaž Pečjak | Author Nebojša Tejić/STA

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26,270 tests were conducted on Wednesday, with 992 positive PCR tests and 393 positive rapid tests. This means a total of 1,385 confirmed positive Covid cases. 5,482 PCR tests were performed, with a positivity rate of 18.1%, and 20,788 rapid antigen tests, with a positivity rate of 1.9%.

A total of 828 patients were in hospital yesterday, of whom 157 were in intensive care. 50 patients were admitted to hospitals yesterday, the lowest number in several months. There were 10 deaths, all in hospitals.

The 14-day incidence per 100,000 inhabitants at the national level stood at 662 yesterday, while today it fell to 653. According to data released today by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), the seven-day average of positive tests is 837, up slightly on yesterday’s level of 827.

The following municipalities have significant numbers of new Covid cases: Ajdovščina (22), Brežice (20), Celje (40), Koper (78), Kranj (33), Medvode and Nova Gorica (23), Novo mesto (29), Ptuj (30), Ljubljana (134) and Maribor (37).

Deana Potza presented the weekly report on inspections related to the control of COVID-19 for the period from 1 to 7 February. A total of 3,762 inspections were carried out. Inspection bodies issued 29 minor offence sanctions, 352 warnings under the Minor Offences Act and 128 administrative measures.

166 inspections were carried out in the hospitality sector, resulting in 14 minor offence sanctions and 15 warnings. 447 inspections were conducted in the services sector. 2 minor offence sanctions, a total of 39 warnings, and 1 decision prohibiting trade were issued. The Health Inspectorate conducted 365 inspections in outdoor public areas and issued 57 warnings, and a total of 6 warnings were issued following 106 inspections in multi-apartment buildings. 

On Saturday, Sunday and the national holiday on Monday, health inspectors were present at 13 tourism spots and ski areas, as part of a joint monitoring campaign with the Inspectorate for Infrastructure and Police. Only minor infringements were found, including individual cases of gathering and incorrect wearing of masks, which were immediately corrected after warnings were issued.

The Health Inspectorate conducts systematic monitoring of testing in education institutions. The initial monitoring was conducted in cooperation with the Inspectorate for Education and Sport at four locations at Waldorf primary schools and kindergartens in Celje, Žalec and Ljubljana. Staff testing was conducted by an authorised test provider, and no significant irregularities were detected in the organisation of the testing itself or the notification of the staff. The inspectorate found that certain individuals did not wish to participate. Based on those findings, if infringements of the Communicable Diseases Act are established, minor offence proceedings will be initiated against those individuals.

The Health Inspectorate has so far conducted 112 inspections at COVID-19 vaccination sites, 17 in the past week. On the basis of the data received from vaccination providers, it was established that 14 of the providers were performing vaccinations in accordance with the national strategy, while one provider was found to be providing vaccinations to individuals who are not classed among priority groups according to the national strategy. Two proceedings are still in progress. The findings indicate that more than 99% of vaccinations have been administered in accordance with the strategy.

With regard to all inspections performed to date, regulatory decisions have been issued to 15 providers, who were thereby ordered to perform vaccinations in accordance with the national strategy. Vaccination providers to which decisions have been issued: General hospitals in Novo mesto, Nova Gorica, Jesenice and Golnik Psychiatric hospitals in Ormož and Begunje Health centres in Velenje, Domžale, Grosuplje, Nova Gorica, Ilirska Bistrica and Tolmin, and the Sajovic Roglič Private Family Medicine Clinic The Ljubljana Institute of Oncology and the Valdoltra Orthopaedic Hospital

Tomaž Pečjak reported that in the last seven days (i.e. from Thursday, 4 February to Wednesday, 10 February), in addition to their regular duties, police officers carried out inspections in 15,331 locations with regard to the implementation of the provisions of Government ordinances. This amounts to an average of more than 2,190 inspections a day. Some inspections were carried out on the basis of 110 reports received from citizens of alleged violations of the ordinances.

The police issued a total of 1,608 measures, including 1,065 warnings, and 532 payment orders were issued and expedited procedures conducted. The police instituted minor offence procedures in 10 cases in connection with infringements of Article 22 of the Protection of Public Order Act (failure to obey a lawful order from a police officer).

In the period in question, the police issued a total of 9,813 home quarantine orders at border crossings and checkpoints. Of these orders, 45 were cancelled when it emerged that the individuals involved were in possession of suitable evidence that they were entitled to enter the country without going into quarantine. The police thus issued quarantine orders to 9,768 people (8,726 adults and 1,042 minors).

The largest number of quarantine orders were issued to individuals travelling from Bosnia and Herzegovina (6,912), Croatia (978), Kosovo (476), Serbia (405), Austria (272), North Macedonia (228) and Germany (200). Home quarantine orders were issued to individuals travelling to Slovenia from a total of 34 different countries.

The police imposed stricter controls over the holiday weekend at ski areas in red statistical regions, with an emphasis on maintaining order at the ski areas and following the recommendations of the NIJZ. In the majority of cases, the ski areas were found to be operating responsibly and adhering to the prescribed rules of conduct, the limitations and recommendations of the NIJZ, and Government ordinances. During these inspections, the police issued 66 measures due to breaches of ordinances under the Communicable Diseases Act and 13 measures due to infringements of other laws. The police issued a total of 57 warnings and 9 payment orders. The majority of the cases involved crossing the borders of statistical regions. Pečjak mentioned a case where out of 40 vehicles stopped on the road from Cerklje to the Krvavec gondola station, a full 22 were found to be from other statistical regions. The drivers turned around after receiving warnings and returned to their home statistical regions.