Fewer than 500 patients in hospitals, number of positive cases increasing slightly across EU
The epidemiological situation in Slovenia and abroad was presented by the deputy head of the Centre for Infectious Diseases at NIJZ, Nuška Čakš Jager.
A total of 6,017 people were given a PCR test on Wednesday, with 952 or 15.8% testing positive. In addition, 25,046 rapid antigen tests were performed. The number of patients in hospital was 485, which is 21 fewer than the day before. Of these 92 were in intensive care. Four people died, all in hospitals.
According to NIJZ data released today, the seven-day average number of positive cases is 728 (compared to 764 yesterday). Over the past two days, the epidemic curve has remained at the same level on average. The total of active covid-19 cases is currently 10,446, and this is slowly decreasing.
The municipalities with the highest number of positive cases confirmed yesterday include: Celje (30), Šentjur (15), Velenje (17), Kočevje (16), Novo mesto (11), Domžale (13), Kamnik (15), Jesenice (11), Tržič (13), Kranj (26), Radovljica (23), Nova Gorica (18), Sežana (12), Piran (16), Izola (11), Koper (33), Ljubljana (121) and Maribor (50).
Comparing weeks 7 and 8, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the EU has increased by 3.3 %, while it decreased by 3.6% in Slovenia, reported Čakš Jager. The highest percentage rises have been recorded in Finland (62), Hungary (51), Austria (40), the Czech Republic (24), Belgium (21) and Sweden (11). In turn, significant percentage decreases have been reported in Portugal (45), Spain (30) and Malta (16). The 14-day COVID-19 case notification rate per 100,000 as of 4 March ranks the Czech Republic the highest among the EU countries (1,395 cases), followed by Estonia (1,038), Slovakia (562), Malta (527), and Slovenia (517). Based on the data confirmed yesterday, the 14-day rate for Slovenia has dropped below 500, specifically to 469.
Monitoring positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 among children, teens and teachers is based on the data obtained from the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), the Slovenian Statistical Office (SURS) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ). The data for the past week analysed by age group shows there are seven positive cases among babies up to the age of one, 77 among toddlers between the ages of one and five, 466 among children between six and fourteen, 250 among teens between fifteen and eighteen, and 4,558 among those older than nineteen. The epidemiological situation in schools and preschools is stable, with no significant increase in the number of positive cases.