Milan Krek

Epidemiological situation is deteriorating: "If it continues, lockdown threatens"

As Milan Krek, director of the National Institute of Public Health, said in a statement for the media, the trend of calming the epidemic has reversed, more daily infections are being recorded and growth is expected, followed by the pressure on hospitals.

Ministry proposes self-testing for teachers in new school year

Ljubljana – Education officials would like to see in-person learning in the new academic year, said the Education Ministry after Wednesday’s meeting with head teachers, who lament a lack of concrete guidelines. The ministry has urged the government to green-light self-testing for teachers.

Experts warn about exponential spread of Delta, urge vaccination

Ljubljana – Exponential growth in coronavirus infections presages a new Covid-19 wave that could continue into autumn, said the head of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Milan Krek. He and infectious disease specialist Mateja Logar warned about imported cases, especially in light of the highly-contagious Delta strain, calling for vaccination.

Ways to improve vaccine uptake discussed as govt meets local officials

Brdo pri Kranju – Government officials and health professionals called on mayors on Wednesday to help convince the people to get vaccinated. Health professionals, including minister Janez Poklukar, warned that the situation is serious, with infections on the rise again.

Coronavirus figures keep gradually improving

Ljubljana – Slovenia recorded 273 coronavirus cases for Wednesday as the rolling 7-day average daily case count further dropped by 13 to 260. Three patients with Covid-19 died, the government said on Thursday.

The latest cases were confirmed from 3,837 PCR tests, for a positivity rate of 7.1%, down from 9% for Tuesday.

Govt to change colour-coded strategy with tier red kicking in Monday

Ljubljana – The government will overhaul the coronavirus exit strategy today to somewhat relax restrictions applying to each of the five-coloured stages. Stage red would kick in on Monday lifting night curfew, keeping schools and kindergartens open like before 1 April while not allowing public assembly.

Hoteliers barely able to keep their heads above water

Ljubljana – The head of the Slovenian Hoteliers’ Association, Gregor Jamnik, has described the situation in the industry as disastrous, warning that the bulk of businesses are not generating any revenue and even though most are still able to keep their heads above water, they will need long-term state aid as the industry will not fully recover in a decade.