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1,908 new coronavirus cases recorded on Friday

Ljubljana – Another 1,908 coronavirus cases were discovered in Slovenia on Friday, as 34.6% of PCR tests came back positive, data provided by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) show. The new daily cases are thus down week-on-week but up in daily comparison. Another 18 deaths have been reported.

Italian army medical teams coming to Slovenian hospitals

Ljubljana – Fifteen Italian military health professionals will come to Slovenia on Sunday to join the medical teams of the Slovenian Armed Forces helping in Covid-19 hospitals. The Italian team will be greeted by Defence Minister Matej Tonin and Health Minister Janez Poklukar in Kranj, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

GAS and SMC parties merge into Concretely

Celje – The coalition Modern Centre Party (SMC) and the non-parliamentary Economically Active Party (GAS) merged at a congress on Saturday into a new party called Concretely that will focus on the social and economic development of Slovenia.

Slovenian ski jumping team third in Wisla

Wisla – The Slovenian ski jumping team featuring Cene Prevc, Peter Prevc, Timi Zajc and Anže Lanišek finished third in the first World Cup team event in Wisla, Poland on Saturday. The victory went to Austrians, while the German team was second.

Fitch affirms Slovenia rating, outlook stable

Frankfurt – Rating agency Fitch has affirmed Slovenia’s credit rating at A with a stable outlook, Fitch said on its website on Friday, adding that this reflected the agency’s expectations of a permanent recovery of the Slovenian economy thanks to the expected increase in investment and continued exports.

New rules enter into force for arrivals from southern Africa

Ljubljana – Due to the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the government decreed that from today, passengers arriving in Slovenia from seven countries in southern Africa are required to take three PCR tests during their mandatory 10-day quarantine, which was imposed already on Saturday.

2,125 Covid infections confirmed Wednesday amid downward trend

Ljubljana – Slovenia logged another 2,125 coronavirus infections on Wednesday, a figure down by over 130 from Tuesday and by over 540 from a week ago, show the latest figures released by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) on Thursday. Government data meanwhile shows that 14 people died of Covid-19 yesterday, one fewer than a day earlier.

Water bottling company Costella up for sale

Ljubljana – The Swiss company Agrokor, which is in liquidation, is soliciting interest in the purchase of the Costella water bottling company, whose most valuable asset is a water extraction concession valid until 2035. The first non-binding bids for the company are expected in the coming days, the newspaper Finance reported on Thursday.

Slovenia’s Expo pavilion and partners to launch new sustainable initiative

Ljubljana – An initiative in which the company Knauf Insulation and its partners Riko and Sophia Academy focus on a comprehensive approach to sustainable development and living will be launched in Dubai in January as part of Slovenia’s Expo showcase under an agreement signed on Thursday.

Gazprom Increases Gas Supplies to Bulgaria by Nearly 44%

Gazprom increased its gas exports to Bulgaria by 43.8%.

The company's deliveries to foreign countries have increased to 171.5 billion cubic meters, which is 6.6% (10.6 billion cubic meters) more than in the same period in 2020.

Economy minister calls for work from home

Ljubljana – Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek has called on businesses to organise work from home wherever possible and to stick strictly to the Covid pass rule and other precautionary measures in what he says is the only way to avoid potential new restrictions.

Only one MP in favour of SAF development referendum on committee

Ljubljana – An initiative by the opposition Left to call a consultative referendum on a long-term programme for the development of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) was voted down by eight votes to one on the Defence Committee on Tuesday. The vote is not binding on the plenary.

President warns against politicisation of police

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor addressed a ceremony on Tuesday remembering the 1989 Operation North, a police campaign which prevented a Serbian nationalist rally in Ljubljana and is thus seen as one of the first steps in Slovenia towards the country eventually declaring independence. In his speech, Pahor warned against politicisation of police today.

Testing guidelines issued for arrivals from southern Africa

Ljubljana – The Health Ministry has issued guidelines on testing for persons who receive mandatory quarantine orders following their return to Slovenia from areas and countries with the new coronavirus variant Omicron – currently South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Annual inflation accelerates to 4.6% in November

Ljubljana – Slovenia’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 4.6% in November from 3% in the month before, the highest it has been since late 2008, on the back of higher prices of oil derivatives, show the latest Statistics Office data. At the monthly level prices were up by 0.7%.