Morning Headlines for Slovenia: Sunday December 5, 2021
This summary is provided by the STA:
1,908 new cases of coronavirus recorded on Friday
LJUBLJANA – Another 1,908 cases of coronavirus were discovered in Slovenia on Friday, as 34.6% of PCR tests came back positive, according to data provided by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). The new daily cases are thus decreasing from one week to another but increasing in daily comparison. 18 other deaths have been reported. A total of 1,029 Covid-19 patients are treated in hospitals today, down 30 from Friday, of which 259 are in need of intensive care, down 10 from the previous day.
Italian army medical teams visit Slovenian hospitals
LJUBLJANA – Fifteen Italian military healthcare 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 welcomed by Defense Minister Matej Tonin and Health Minister Janez Poklukar in Kranj, the defense ministry said in a statement. The arrival of the Italian team was agreed during a meeting between Tonin and his Italian counterpart Lorenzo Guerini in Rome on November 17.
Demonstration against new Covid legislation held in Ljubljana
LJUBLJANA – A group of protesters against the government measures Covid-19 and the new bill on additional measures to curb the epidemic and its consequences have gathered in downtown Ljubljana. There were clashes with the police and some demonstrators were arrested. Protesters suddenly gathered in Republic Square in Ljubljana at the invitation of the Resni.ca (Truth) party and civil initiatives. Party leader Zoran Stevanović addressed the protesters, none of whom wore face masks or obeyed distancing rules.
GAS and SMC parties merge into Concretely
CELJE – The Modern Center Party (SMC) coalition and the non-parliamentary economically active party (GAS) merged at a congress into a new party called Concretely which will focus on the social and economic development of Slovenia. The new party promises a policy of cooperation and inclusion. Concretely will be a political partner of companies, and economic and social development will be its key priority, heard the merging congress. The leader of the new party, Zdravko Počivalšek, said after the congress that Concretely offered a break with the old policy which focuses on the past.
Police Commissioner issues dismissal warnings to trade unionists
LJUBLJANA – Police commissioner Anton Olaj has reportedly signed dismissal warnings for the heads of the two police unions, Kristjan Mlekuš of the SPS union and Rok Cvetko of the PSS, Dnevnik newspaper reported. Mlekuš is said to have received the warning because of statements he made in an interview with the newspaper Svet24, which, according to Olaj, caused serious moral damage to the police force and constitute a violation of his employment contract. According to unofficial information from Dnevnik, Olaj also signed the dismissal warning of Cvetko, who gave an interview in mid-October.
Parliamentary body approves changes in education
LJUBLJANA – The parliamentary committee on education approved on Friday evening amendments to the law on the organization and financing of education, which would change the composition of school and kindergarten councils to increase the influence of the founder – government or municipality, while members of the opposition obstructed the vote.
Small demonstration organized in Maribor targeting Mayor Arsenovič
MARIBOR – A small rally took place in the central square of Maribor targeting Mayor Saša Aresnovoč. About a hundred people gathered near the town hall to demand his resignation. The demonstrators also burned some posters bearing the image of the mayor. The rally was addressed by its initiator Roman Križnjak, known as a founding member of Viole, the ultras of the local Maribor football club. He said Arsenovič’s government was arrogant, lacked care for vulnerable groups and put its own interests first.
Fitch confirms Slovenia’s rating, outlook stable
FRANKFURT, Germany – Rating agency Fitch confirmed Slovenia’s credit rating to 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 investments and continued exports.
Slovenian ski jumping team third in Wisla
WISLA, Poland – The Slovenian ski jumping team of Cene Prevc, Peter Prevc, Timi Zajc and Anže Lanišek finished third in the first World Cup team event in Wisla, Poland. Victory went to the Austrians, while the German team was second. The Slovenian team scored 834.4 points in this high wind event, with Cene Prevc with the longest jump of 135 meters in the final.