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Epidemiological analysis of the case of the South African strain has been completed

At the press conference, Sanja Vuzem of the Maribor regional unit of the National Institute of Public Health spoke about the current confirmed case of the South African coronavirus strain in Slovenia.

Spokeswoman Maja Bratuša med novinarsko konferenco

Spokeswoman Maja Bratuša | Author Ukom

Some 1,451 PCR tests were performed on Sunday, of which 243 were positive, which is 16.7 per cent, and 9,256 rapid antigen tests were also carried out. The 7-day average incidence rate of positive cases amounted to 768 in accordance with the data of the National Institute of Public Health published today. For several days now, the number has been oscillating above 750. The current number of people who have tested positive with coronavirus totals 10,650 and has been decreasing in recent days. The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants is 504 cases at the national level. The Coastal–Karst region stands out with 829 cases and the Posavje region has the best outlook with 529 cases. A total of 543 patients are in hospitals, of whom 91 require intensive care. Eleven people have died in hospitals.

According to Vuzem, the Maribor regional unit of the National Institute of Public Health carried out the epidemiological analysis of the confirmed case of the South African strain. The infected person had travelled around Africa with three other persons and was tested upon their return on Monday, 22 February. Based on a negative test, the person went to work the following day and became ill later in the day. They were tested again, and the test was positive despite the person having been vaccinated. Of the remaining three persons that were on the holiday, two tested positive and the effects of vaccination prevented the infection of the third person.

The epidemiologists defined four high-risk contacts and between ten to twelve low-risk contacts. They all tested negative. The patients who came into contact with the infected health professional also tested negative. Three family contacts were established, of whom it was determined that one person was positive. Irrespective of all additionally established positive cases, there is still only one officially confirmed case of the South African strain in the country.

Posnetek novinarske konference