LJUBLJANA, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- Slovenia reported 12,286 new COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour span, a new daily record for the second day in a row, the National Institute of Public Health said on Wednesday.
According to the Health Ministry, starting from Tuesday, only patients with chronic diseases, immune deficiency, pregnant women and children would be able to take a free polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test directly. Others would only be able to take a PCR test if they tested positive after an antigen rapid test or if their symptoms persisted in spite of a negative rapid test.
The ministry also expected the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care to rise from 155 on Tuesday to up to 250 by Feb. 7.
The government has been calling on the citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as only 57.3 percent of Slovenia's population has so far been fully vaccinated.