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Slovenia records 184 new cases of coronavirus as share of positive tests climbs

Ljubljana, 26 September - Slovenia recorded 184 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, the second highest daily increase since the start of the epidemic, as the share of tests that came back positive rose above 6% for the first time.

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Drive-through testing for coronavirus at UKC Ljubljana.
Photo: Anže malovrh/STA

The new infections were confirmed in 2,775 tests, meaning that 6.6% of all tests were positive. Yesterday, when a record 192 positive cases were confirmed, there were far more tests conducted and the positive rate was 5.3%.

Of the new cases, two were in nursing homes and twelve in health staff, according to the tracker Covid-19 Sledilnik.

The number of hospital admissions has surged. There are now 72 people in hospital, up from 60 yesterday. The number of patients in intensive care rose by one to 17, of whom 13 were on ventilators.

One fatality was recorded, bringing the death toll to 146.

New cases were recorded in 79 municipalities across the country, with the region around Ljubljana, Notranjska and Koroška standing out in terms of pace of growth.

The bulk of the new cases were in the age group 25-44, but there were also eleven in those under 14 and 13 in those over 65.

Slovenia has so far recorded 5,191 confirmed cases in over 215,000 tests. There are nearly 1,600 active cases at present, according to Covid-19 Sledilnik.

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