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Slovenia's Covid death toll passes 5,000

Ljubljana, 20 October - Slovenia's death toll from Covid-19 has passed 5,000 with the national public health chief warning that many of the fatalities in recent months have been unnecessary as there have been enough vaccines.

The Department of Infectious Diseases at the Ljubljana University Medical Centre (UKC) treating Covid-19 patients .
Photo: UKC Ljubljana

Data from the Health Ministry put the death total since the beginning of the pandemic over a year and a half ago at 5,004. The figure does not yet include potential Wednesday's fatalities, which will be reported on Thursday.

Addressing reporters, Milan Krek, the head of the National Institute of Public Health, noted that 239 people had died since 26 June, many of whom he said were unnecessary deaths as there had been enough vaccine for everyone. He thus repeated his appeal for vaccination.

Currently 56% of Slovenia's entire population has had one shot and 52% has been fully inoculated, while the rates among adults are 66% and 62%, respectively. Among the over 50 year-olds 77% have had one dose and 73% have been fully vaccinated.

This is as Slovenia has been seeing an exponential growth in coronavirus transmissions. The daily count hit a nine-month high of 2,145 yesterday.

Krek also warned of a potential new variant of the virus which could be even more infectious than the current one. He said information was still scarce but indications from the UK suggest a new variant could be responsible for an increase in hospitalisations.

In Slovenia the virus is currently spreading fastest among 15-24-year-olds and 35-44s, that is among students and working population.

© STA, 2021