Slovenia's COVID-19 cases exceed 70,000

LJUBLJANA, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Slovenia on Thursday reported 1,767 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of confirmed cases to 70,911, according to official figures.

The country conducted 7,391 coronavirus tests on Wednesday, with 23.9 percent returning positive. A total of 1,302 patients are being treated in hospitals, including 215 in intensive care units, 13 more than the day before. With 46 new deaths, the country's total death toll from the coronavirus-caused disease has risen to 1,245.

According to the official COVID-19 tracker site, there are currently 20,174 active cases in the country. The average 14-day incidence rate is now 963 per 100,000 population.

The Slovenian government on Thursday decided to extend all of the restrictive measures related to the COVID-19 epidemic. The ban on gatherings, in-class schooling, movement among municipalities and the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain for one more week.

Public transport suspension, the restrictions concerning sport activities and the current mask wearing regime will stay in place for at least two more weeks.

Kindergartens, shops selling non-essential goods, cultural institutions, and bars and restaurants remain closed for at least one more week, while the border regime remains unchanged.

Government spokesperson Jelko Kacin told the press that the government would adopt a plan on the easing of the measures next week, on Thursday at the latest.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, countries including Germany, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States are racing to find a vaccine.

According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Nov. 12, 212 COVID-19 candidate vaccines were being developed worldwide, 48 of them in clinical trials.

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