Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Returning Strict Measures in Croatia by End of Month? Here's What Could Happen

July 21, 2021 - Will strict measures in Croatia return by the end of the month? High-risk gatherings are in question. 

Less than two months after most measures were eased, new, stricter measures are increasingly likely to await us in Croatia. As Jutarnji List unofficially learned from a source close to the National Civil Protection Headquarters, new measures are being prepared, which should enter into force before the current measures expire and which have been announced to last until July 31.

Although it is not strictly said what the measures would refer to, it is most likely related to gatherings considered the riskiest for transmitting the virus. After the entire Croatian coast was marked orange a few days ago, which is a kind of warning, the Headquarters seems to have decided to move in the direction of tightening measures to ensure the season lasts as long as possible.

Namely, Jutarnji List reports that it is almost impossible to avoid a larger increase in numbers, and they also do not want to stop the season. Therefore, they are trying to find the best possible balance between the pandemic and the season, in fact, two incompatible poles.

They expect that more tourists will enter Croatia than the local population, so it is unrealistic to expect that some will not be infected. The plan is to prevent large hotspots because this would almost automatically lead to putting Croatia "in the red," and thus, we would become an epidemiologically undesirable destination.

An additional problem is created by the new Delta strain, which has become dominant and spreads rapidly. Although the numbers in Croatia are still stable, on Tuesday, it was about three percent positive compared to those tested, so the epidemic is considered to be under control. However, we are still seeing an increase in those infected.

An additional fear is the complete opening of Great Britain, which, despite the high percentage of vaccinated, is recording a significant increase in the number of patients. Therefore, it can be expected that this number will also increase with the abolition of epidemiological measures.

Some European countries have already tightened the conditions for Brits crossing the border, and Croatia is expected to do the same.

In particular, British tourists will no longer cross the border if they have not been tested. Unlike the current practice of testing only those who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered from Covid, a mandatory test should also be introduced for the vaccinated.

Although the most desirable tourists are vaccinated, the fact is that they can be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, which is a problem in Croatia where vaccination is still insufficient, especially in Dalmatian tourist hotspots.

Experts believe that it would be good for Britons who have not recovered from Covid or have not been tested to spend 14 days in self-isolation in addition to taking the test. But, as Jutarnji learned from a source close to the Headquarters, this is not considered because Croatia would be left without guests. Namely, there is almost certainly no one who can afford two weeks of self-isolation in addition to their holiday. 

Bernard Kaić, head of the Epidemiology Service of Infectious Diseases at the CNIPH, was asked if British tourists were a threat.

"Of course, they are, like anyone else who comes to the country. Many guests enter Croatia, and, logically, the virus is transmitted in a pandemic," says Kaić.

According to data from Tuesday, there were 146 newly diagnosed cases, of which almost 60 percent were in Split-Dalmatia County (34), Zadar County (26), Šibenik-Knin County (11), and Dubrovnik County (15).

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Monday, 19 July 2021

Croatia Reports 18 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Deaths

ZAGREB, 19 July 2021 - Croatia has registered 18 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus crisis management team said on Monday.

The number of active cases in the country currently stands at 685. Among them are 125 people who are receiving hospital treatment and 14 of them are on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, a total of 361,613 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,240 have died and 352,688 have recovered, including 75 in the last 24 hours. Currently, 4,029 people are in self-isolation.

To date, 2,218,712 people have been tested for COVID-19, including 1,543 in the last 24 hours.

By 18 July, 2,917,001 vaccine doses had been administered, with 39.2 percent of the total population or 47.1 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated.  A total of 1,589,579 people have received at least one dose, of whom 1,364,798 have been fully inoculated (1,327,422 have been vaccinated with both doses and 37,376 have received the single-dose Jannsen vaccine), which makes up 40.54 percent of the adult population.

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Saturday, 17 July 2021

Croatia Reports 139 New COVID Cases, 2 in 5 Adults Fully Vaccinated

ZAGREB, 17 July 2021 - In the last 24 hours, out of 3,834 tests performed for coronavirus, 139, that is 3.6%, have returned positive, Croatia's national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Saturday.

There are now 723 active cases, and 112 of them are hospitalized patients, including 12 placed on ventilators.

The COVID-related death toll has increased by two to 8,236 in the last 24 hours.

Since the first registered case of the infection with this novel virus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, more than 2.2 million tests have been conducted, showing that 361,488 have caught the virus, and of them, 352,529 have recovered to date, including 99 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

Vaccine rollout: Two in five adults fully vaccinated

To date, more than 2.9 million vaccines against this infection have been administered, and 47% of the adult population have been inoculated.

Until 16 July, 1,584,407 were vaccinated, and 1,357,261 of them were fully vaccinated (1,321,943 people were double-jabbed plus 35,318 who received the single-dose Jannsen vaccine).  Thus every two in five Croatians (40.32%) have fully been vaccinated.

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Thursday, 15 July 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 139 New Cases, No Deaths, 81 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 15 July 2021 - In the last 24 hours, of 3,909  tests performed for coronavirus, 3.5%, that is 139, have turned out to be positive, Croatia's national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Thursday.

The daily death toll was zero. To date, there have been 8,233 COVID-related deaths in the country

Currently, there are 653 active cases, including 110 hospitalized patients and of the nine are placed on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when Croatia reported its first registered case of the infection with coronavirus, more than 2.2 million tests have been conducted, showing that 361,218 people have caught this novel virus. Of them, 352,332 have recovered to date, including 81 in the last 24 hours.

As many as 2,870,866 COVID vaccine doses have been administered. Thus, 1,569,371 Croatians have received at least one dose, and of them, 1,301,495 have been double-jabbed plus 32,509 people who have been inoculated with the single-dose Jannsen vaccine, (nearly 40% of the adult population).

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Are Mandatory Covid Certificates in Croatia the Way Forward?

July 13, 2021 - Are mandatory Covid certificates in Croatia the way forward? A look at what could be introduced from mid-September. 

France has introduced strict restrictions for those without Covid certificates. This was announced by French President Emmanuel Macron, which resulted in 900,000 people applying for vaccinations, twice as many as the last record set on July 11, reports Index.hr.

Macron said vaccination will not be mandatory for the general public for now but stressed that the restrictions would affect those who have not been vaccinated.

As for Croatia, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković eliminated the possibility of compulsory vaccination yesterday. "There is no theoretical chance that vaccination will be mandatory," Plenković said.

Since it is becoming increasingly clear that the fourth wave of coronavirus is already spreading in parts of Europe and that vaccination has been slowed down in Croatia for some time, Plenković's resolute removal of compulsory vaccination as an option could mean that in Croatia, almost as in France, some kind of restriction will be introduced for those without Covid certificates. This, the government and the headquarters expect, would achieve two goals. On the one hand, a new wave of the coronavirus could be controlled much better, and on the other hand, restrictions would encourage many to be vaccinated.

Although real restrictions are expected in the autumn, strict measures affecting the unvaccinated have already begun.

As of yesterday, new rules for gatherings apply in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, according to which more than 20 people cannot gather without a Covid certificate.

"These are measures that at first glance show that the approach is proactive; we cannot wait with folded arms for an unwanted scenario to happen to us. We have experience of how unwanted events occur, the Delta Variant is present, and we have a certain problem, we want to be proactive and prevent the spread of the virus in the population, especially in events known as super-spreaders, and these are all forms of the gathering of people," said Vladimir Mićović, director of the Teaching Institute for Public Health of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. He added that the measure was adopted for a period of 14 days with the possibility of extension.

By introducing these restrictions, several public events in Rijeka and the surrounding area were canceled yesterday.

It should also be reminded that last week in Zadar County, concerts and similar outdoor events were banned, where it is not checked whether visitors have a Covid certificate.

Even more serious restrictions for those without Covid certificates are announced for the fall.

Tomorrow is a new round of government talks with unions and employers on a new support scheme for the economy that will be paid only to those employees with a Covid certificate, but also on the possibility of introducing a Covid certificate as an obligation for all public sector activities and employees in contact with a larger number of people. As the Minister of Health Vili Beroš confirmed ten days ago, these are drivers in public transport, teachers, professors, educators, health workers, people who work at the counters or are otherwise in daily contact with a larger number of people.

A similar Covid certification regime is being considered for healthcare facilities. As he said, serious consideration is being given to introducing testing on entering the hospital, but also that healthcare professionals work as long as the Covid confirmation lasts, i.e., that they are tested every 48 hours if they have not been vaccinated or have not had coronavirus in the last six months.

But the plan of the government and the Headquarters is much broader.

Covid certificates should become a means of entry to almost all events and shopping malls, which is a very realistic option for autumn. Such an obligation should be introduced through the Headquarters decision, i.e., it is not necessary to change any law. If necessary, the places for which a Covid certificate is required would be further expanded.

Since the shopping centers would be entered only with Covid certificates, everyone inside would be without masks. Shopping centers will, most figuratively speaking, look like in 2019, that is, before the epidemic. In addition to not wearing masks, there will be no restrictions on the number of people in the shops, restaurants in the centers will work as before, and playrooms will work as before the pandemic. Wardens will control Covid certificates at the entrances to the shopping centers. The Headquarters is convinced that the owners of these centers will be much more profitable than the measures because people will stay longer in the centers, go to cafes, restaurants, and children's playrooms.

"Those who have not been vaccinated will also be able to enter but will have to be tested as prescribed for Covid certificates. We have two goals: one is to extend the season as much as possible, and the other is to enter the fall with a new regime based on Covid certificates. Depending on how the epidemiological situation develops, it is possible to apply Covid certificates even more widely, i.e., to make them an obligation in even more places," said Index's source close to the Headquarters about ten days ago.

One of these places could be office buildings, and Covid certificates could be checked at the entrance to the building. All places where masks are now mandatory are potential places where a Covid certificate obligation could be introduced. This applies to various institutions, public and private, and in the broadest case, to all stores.

The new regime could be introduced as early as the second half of September.

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Thursday, 8 July 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 110 New Cases, Two Deaths, 80 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 8 July 2021 - Of 4,105 tests performed for coronavirus in Croatia in the last 24 hours, 110 or 2.7% have turned out to be positive, the national COVID-19 crisis management team stated on Thursday.

Currently, there are 624 active cases, including 121 hospitalized patients, of whom three are placed on ventilators.

In the last 24 hours, the COVID-related death toll has risen by two to 8,226.

Since the first registered case of the infection with this novel virus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, as many as 2,180,970 tests have been performed showing that 360,593 people have contracted the virus. Of them, 351,743 have recovered so far, including 80 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 2,741,251 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date.

More than 1.52 million Croatians have been given at least one shot while 1,214,375 have fully been immunized.

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Monday, 5 July 2021

Croatia Registers 9 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death

ZAGREB, 5 July 2021 - In the past 24 hours, nine coronavirus cases and one death have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Monday.

There are 499 active cases, including 140 hospitalized patients, 11 of whom are on ventilators, while 3,817 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 360,246 coronavirus cases to date, 8,219 COVID deaths, and 351,528 recoveries, including 67 in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,166,780 persons have been tested for the virus, including 1,618 in the past 24 hours, and 2,669,307 COVID vaccines have been administered, with 1,508,083 persons having received at least one dose and 1,161,224 both.

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Friday, 2 July 2021

New Decision on Masks in Croatia: Digital Covid Certificate Areas are Mask Free

July 2, 2021 - Chief of the Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Božinović announced a new decision on masks in Croatia for people in digital Covid certificate areas. 

In the last 24 hours, 92 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 544, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia announced on Friday morning.

Among them, 139 patients are in hospital, of which 13 are on a respirator. Compared to yesterday, there are no new patients on the respirator. Three people died.

The Chief of the Civil Protection Headquarters and Deputy Prime Minister Davor Božinović announced at a press conference that a new decision had been made on the use of masks, reports Index.hr.

"Protective masks, medical masks will not have to be worn in all circumstances when there are people in the area who have a digital Covid certificate. Digital Covid certificates will be a substitute for wearing face masks in more and more situations. Specifically, at our next press conference, with us on one side and you on the other, we will have digital Covid certificates, and we will hold the conference without masks," said Božinović.

The director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic, Alemka Markotić, also called on the citizens to get vaccinated so that our hospitals would not be full again.

“Although there are not many patients in our hospitals, we have seen a lot in the last year and a half, and we do not want to see it again, but we could again. There are two reasons why such images from hospitals could be viewed again. First, the Delta Variant is spreading rapidly, and second, the population has not been vaccinated enough. If we take the United Kingdom and their 48 percent, we will see that it is insufficient. We are faced with a choice of vaccination, or the zimmer frei will remain free, children will be in online classes, the elderly will be closed off, and we will refill hospitals and cemeteries. Let’s not be cowards; let’s lend a shoulder for those two little jabs. If we get vaccinated, we can have a normal life," concluded Markotić.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Croatia Registers 103 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths

ZAGREB, 1 July 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 103 coronavirus cases and three deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Thursday.

There are 525 active cases, including 151 hospitalized patients, 13 of whom are on ventilators, while 3,276 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 359,975 coronavirus cases to date, including 8,209 deaths and 351,241 recoveries, 71 of which in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,153,014 persons have been tested for the virus, including 4,460 in the past 24 hours, and 2,568,877 vaccines have been administered, with 1,488,759 having received at least one dose and 1,080,118 both.

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Delta Variant in Croatia Makes Up 43% of Cases, Capak Warns of New Wave

July 1, 2021 - The Delta Variant in Croatia currently makes up 43% of cases, said HZJZ head Krunoslav Capak, who warned of a new wave and stricter measures in autumn. 

The goal of vaccinating 50 percent of adults with the first dose by July 1 has not been achieved, reports Dnevnik.hr.

"We set ourselves that goal of 55 percent of the population given the vaccines because we calculated how many vaccines we would get, and by that, we would vaccinate. However, interest has dropped, vaccination has slowed. Many people calculate that they do not want to be vaccinated now, but that they will be vaccinated later when they see the situation, which is bad because we cannot have this tourist season if we do not get vaccinated anymore," HZJZ head Krunoslav Capak told Nova TV and added that a new wave would come to us in the fall, and maybe even sooner because we have the Indian strain, which is present in Croatia with 43 percent% of cases since the last sequencing.

He announced stricter measures in the autumn.

"Certainly, there will be more restrictive measures if our numbers start to grow because, given that we have not been vaccinated enough, there is no other way to protect the health of citizens than to introduce stricter measures," Capak said.

Asked how he would encourage people to get vaccinated, Capak said:

"It's a difficult question. We counted on the common sense of our citizens. We thought - enough vaccines have been procured. We have communicated that 70-80 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated to solve this problem we have, which has stopped the global economy which stopped living in the world. The only way to get rid of it is to get vaccinated. We counted on it. However, we obviously miscalculated. Vaccination has slowed down, but I am still counting on being able to reach that level with the measures that we are introducing."

He also commented on problems with Covid certificates. Capak says that there were technical problems due to which some could not get a confirmation immediately, but these problems are continuously solved.

Capak also referred to trips abroad. He says there are no restrictions on Croats traveling across Europe. "We are green at the moment, except for two or three areas that have a high incidence problem," he said, adding that there are no restrictions on EU guests coming to Croatia, but they should have Covid certificates.

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