Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Croatia Logs 271 New Coronavirus Cases, No Deaths

ZAGREB, 4 Aug, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 271 coronavirus cases have been registered in Croatia and there have been no deaths, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases is 1,147, including 153 hospitalised patients, 12 of whom are on ventilators, while 3,925 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 364,244 coronavirus cases to date, including 8,267 deaths and 354,830 recoveries, of which 135 in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,324,297 persons have been tested for the virus, including 7,996 in the past 24 hours.

Croatia has vaccinated 40.7% of its population, including 49% of adults, 44.48% of whom have completed vaccination.

For more about COVID-19 in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Croatia Logs 186 New COVID-19 Cases, One Death

ZAGREB, 3 Aug, 2021 - Croatia has registered 186 new coronavirus cases and one COVID-19-related death in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team said on Tuesday.

The number of active cases currently stands at 1011. Of them, 149 people are receiving hospital treatment, including 11 on ventilators.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in the country in late February 2020, a total of 363,973 people have been registered as having contracted the virus, of whom 8,267 have died and 354,695 have recovered, including 127 in the last 24 hours.

Currently 4,114 people are self-isolating.

A total of 2,316,301 people have been tested to date, including 7,341 in the last 24 hours. 

By 2 August, 3,091,467 doses of vaccine had been administered, with 40.7 percent of the total population and 48.9 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated.

A total of 1,650,326 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, while 1,493,859 people, or 44.33 percent of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Croatian Pharmacies Want to Vaccinate People, But There's a Problem...

August the 3rd, 2021 - Croatian pharmacies would like to step in and ramp up the vaccination process, aiding all those who haven't yet managed to get to a mass vaccination point in getting their first and second doses, but there is of course, in typical Croatian fashion, an issue.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, numerous Croatian residents have readily taken the opportunity to get their digital COVID-certificates issued in Croatian pharmacies, but imagine how much better things might be if you could go there for vaccination, too?

To obtain a digital COVID certificate, you just need to show either your health insurance card or your identity card, on the basis of which the pharmacist enters you into the database of the Ministry of Health by entering your OIB and issuing you with your certificate. People can get it printed out in paper form if they so wish, or the pharmacist can send it to their e-mail address.

According to Ana Soldo, President of the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists, despite the initial crowding, the issuance of COVID certificates went mostly smoothly, and people rarely waited for more than a few minutes to receive them. There were technical problems in some Croatian pharmacies, which is expected, and they were effectively eliminated.

It took a lot of time for pharmacists to be able to issue these certificates, but the Chamber expects that such a situation will not last long, reports Novi list.

''It has now become available to people, so people did start going to Croatian pharmacies to get them issued. I believe that then the interest will slowly subside,'' Soldo said.

Regarding the start of vaccination in Croatian pharmacies, which is expected in a few weeks, the pharmacy chamber says that there will be no more mass vaccination rollouts, but the vaccines will be introduced only where there's a need for them.

Coronavirus vaccination will not be performed by the pharmacists themselves, but by doctors who will visit various Croatian pharmacies in mobile teams.

''There aren't many doctors with the time to come out and do this, so this will take place only in those Croatian pharmacies in areas where there are no vaccination points, so that it will make it easier for people to come and get vaccinated. We're going to try to solve this problem by the end of the year by vaccinating people in Croatian pharmacies on our own, without a doctor coming to do it. All countries that have such a model also have much better vaccination coverage,'' added Soldo.

As an example, she pointed out the fantastic results of the United Kingdom, where people are regularly vaccinated by pharmacists, and the vaccination level against influenza in elderly people and those with chronic illnesses is higher than 70 percent, while in Croatia, it is rather shamefully under 20 percent.

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Monday, 2 August 2021

Croatia Logs 29 New COVID-19 Cases, Three Deaths

ZAGREB, 2 Aug 2021 - Croatia has registered 29 new coronavirus cases and three COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team said on Monday.

The number of active cases currently stands at 953. Of them, 156 people are receiving hospital treatment, including 13 on ventilators.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in the country in late February 2020, a total of 363,787 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,266 have died and 354,568 have recovered, including 175 in the last 24 hours.

Currently, 4,326 people are self-isolating.

A total of 2,308,960 people have been tested to date, including 3,243 in the last 24 hours. 

By 1 August, 3,080,719 doses of vaccine had been administered, with 40.6 percent of the total population and 48.8 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated. A total of 1,647,156 people have been inoculated with at least one dose, while 1,485,510 people, or 44.08 percent of the adult population, have been fully inoculated.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, including travel, border, and quarantine rules, as well as the locations of vaccination points and testing centers across the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

Monday, 2 August 2021

Croatia Doing Well on New German Coronavirus Map, So Far

August the 2nd, 2021 - The Croatian summer tourist season is now in full swing, with many more tourists in the country than could even be thought of this time last year, the country has been managing to keep hold of its favourable epidemiological picture. The German coronavirus map, now updated with a few new rules, has showcased Croatia's safety for travellers.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Germany introduced new rules for its travellers returning from foreign holidays on the 1st of August. There are now some stricter rules for Germans returning to their country from being abroad and a new way of categorising risk areas on the German coronavirus map, writes Index.

Who should have a negative test when returning to Germany?

According to the new rules, all passengers entering Germany who haven't yet been vaccinated, as well as those who cannot prove they have contracted and since recovered from the disease must have a negative coronavirus test (and it has been that way since yesterday).

This has so far only applied to air passengers, and has now been extended to all others.

The measure took effect yesterday and will remain in force until the end of the year, with the exception of children under the age of 12 and those who need to cross the German border every day due to work. Road traffic controls will not be carried out systematically, but sporadically, German officials added.

"All unvaccinated people entering Germany will have to show proof of a negative test, whether they come by air, road or rail," said German Health Minister Jens Spahn.

"In this way, we'll manage to reduce the risk of additional imports of the infection," he added.

Currently, just over 50 percent of German citizens are fully vaccinated and the government is appeals daily for people to be immunised.

On Friday, the State Epidemiological Institute Robert Koch published a list of countries from which most newly infected people bringing coronavirus into Germany arrive, on which Croatia is behind Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The new German coronavirus map

At midnight on the first of August, the change related to the marking of risk areas took full effect. There will be classifications into only two categories, and not three as it was before. The category of a epidemiologically low-risk area, in which Zadar County was, is no being longer used. This doesn't mean, according to the Robert Koch Institute, that there is no risk in the areas that did belong to that now shelved German coronavirus map category.

They added that the risk areas will be classified into high-risk areas and areas with virus variants. Croatia isn't in any of the categories, but both Portugal and Spain are in the high risk category.

A high-risk area is an area that has a seven-day incidence greater than 100. People who come from such areas must enter into a ten-day quarantine if they haven't yet been vaccinated, or if they can't show proof of their recovery from the infection. They can exit quarantine after five days, if they take and produce another negative test.

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Saturday, 31 July 2021

Croatia Logs 218 New COVID-19 Cases, Five Deaths

ZAGREB, 31 July, 2021 - Croatia has registered 218 new coronavirus cases and five COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team said on Saturday.

The number of active cases currently stands at 1,118. This includes 150 people who are receiving hospital treatment, 11 of whom are on ventilators. A total of 3,920 people are in self-isolation.

Since late February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, 363,615 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,259 have died and 354,238 have recovered, including 183 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 2,299,700 people have been tested for coronavirus to date, including 6,881 in the last 24 hours.

By 30 July, 3,068,657 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 had been administered, with 40.5 percent of the total population and 48.7 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated. A total of 1,643,402 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose and 1,476,402 of them have been fully vaccinated, which makes up 43.81 percent of the adult population. 

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Friday, 30 July 2021

Croatia Reports 170 New Coronavirus Cases, 4 Deaths

ZAGREB, 30 July 2021 - Croatia has registered 170 new coronavirus cases and four COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, and currently there are 1,088 active cases in the country, Health Minister Vili Beroš said at a press conference of the national coronavirus response team on Friday.

This is a slight decrease in the number of new cases compared with 176 cases registered seven days ago. "What the future trends will be like depends on ourselves alone," Beroš said.

In the last 14 days, 2,009 new cases have been recorded, which puts the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population at 49.1.

A total of 5,397 persons have been tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours and 3.15 percent of the tests have returned positive.

Currently, 154 people are receiving hospital treatment, five more than on Thursday, and 12 of them are on ventilators. In the last 24 hours, 25 new COVID patients have been admitted to hospitals and 15 have been discharged.

The four persons who have died were at an advanced age and were not vaccinated, Beroš warned.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic in Croatia in late February last year, 8,254 people have died from COVID-19.

By 29 July, 3,057,321 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 had been administered, with 1,639,095 people having been vaccinated, which is 40.4 percent of the total population and 48.6 percent of the adult population. 36.18 percent of the total population and 43.57 percent of the adult population have been fully inoculated.

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Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Croatia Logs 198 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Fatalities

ZAGREB, 28 July, 2021 - In the past 24 hours Croatia has registered 198 new cases of coronavirus and two people have died as a consequence amid 1,042 active cases, the national COVID response team reported on Wednesday.

There are currently 143 hospitalised patients and 11 of them are on ventilators.

A total of 146 people have recovered over the past 24 hours and 3,267 people are currently self-isolating.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of the contagion was identified in Croatia, there have been a total of 363,039 people infected with the novel coronavirus, of whom 8,249 people have died and 353,748 have recovered, 125 of them in the past 24 hours.

To date, a total of 2,281,574 tests have been conducted, including 6,141 taken in the past 24 hours.

By 27 July, a total of 3,031,563  doses of vaccines had been administered, with 40.1% of the total population or 48.2% of the adult population having been inoculated.

Altogether, 1,628,084 people have received at least one vaccine dose, of whom 1,450,537 have been fully inoculated (1,403,476 persons have received two doses and 47,058 have received the single-dose Jannsen vaccine), which makes up 43.05% of the adult population.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Croatia Logs 193 New Coronavirus Cases, no Deaths

ZAGREB, 27 July, 2021 - Croatia has registered 193 new coronavirus cases and no COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team said on Tuesday.

The number of active cases currently stands at 971. This includes 143 people who are receiving hospital treatment, 13 of whom are on ventilators. A total of 3,267 people are in self-isolation.

Since late February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, 362,841 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,247 have died and 353,623 have recovered, including 146 in the last 24 hours.

A total of 2,275,433 people have been tested for coronavirus to date, including 7,393 in the last 24 hours.

By 26 July, 3,018,451 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 had been administered, with 40 percent of the total population and 48.1 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated. A total of 1,623,475 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose and 1,440,370 of them have been fully vaccinated (1,394,976 have received two doses and 45,394 have been inoculated with the single-dose Jannsen vaccine), which makes up 42.76 percent of the adult population.

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Pandemic Induced Uncertainty Leading to Many Croatian Zombie Companies

July the 27th, 2021 - Although the title might sound rather funny, Croatian zombie companies are not only no laughing matter but are only increasing in their numbers as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Jadranka Dozan writes, despite a certain degree of domestic economic recovery and a better macroeconomic outlook, which also reduces short-term risks in the corporate sector, structural vulnerabilities in Croatia and overall exposure to systemic risks remain elevated, according to the Croatian National Bank (CNB).

The risks to the resolvability of companies whose operations were disrupted during the pandemic are especially emphasised, and that same magnifying glass also includes high and rising real estate prices and their, as they said from the CNB, "further separation from the foundations".

The combination of the vaccination progress and the mitigation of epidemiological measures should support the continuation of economic recovery throughout 2021, the new edition of Macroprudential Diagnostics points out, although the risk of increasing Croatian zombie companies remains.

Epidemiological variables such as new strains/mutations of the novel coronavirus, a slower vaccination rollout, or potential vaccine ineffectiveness are also a source of uncertainty for the further course of economic recovery. This is especially true for tourism and other activities more exposed to the effects of such a public health crisis.

Despite the overall better performance of entrepreneurship, risks and vulnerabilities remain elevated as a result of the ongoing situation, which while better, is less than favourable.

Among other things, things all depend on the effectiveness and duration (expiration) of the measures to mitigate the effects of the ongoing global pandemic on liquidity and solvency. In the acute phase of the coronavirus crisis, these risks were mitigated by very generous public sector assistance packages and the adjustment of supervisory rules to try to treat banks' exposure to affected clients.

Due to the still present uncertainties, the risk of the so-called zombification that may adversely affect the operations of banks, but also economic growth in the long run.

"As long as the support measures last, credit losses related to the corporate sector will remain low, but after their expiration, and especially due to the reduction of the capital of companies operating within sectors most exposed to the effects of the pandemic, there could be an increase in risk," warns the CNB .

Data on the fiscalisation of accounts clearly shows the recovery of revenues, but compared to pre-crisis 2019, they are still lagging behind, primarily in the activities most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

These companies, primarily those in tourism and transport (to a lesser extent also from the manufacturing industry), continue to rely on their own accumulated liquidity, the CNB notes. As of the end of May this year, these activities were in the lead with a percentage drop in deposits at the beginning of this year. At the same time, credit data shows that part of the liquidity deficit is being compensated for by additional borrowing.

The share of loans under the moratorium, on the other hand, is gradually declining, and at the same time, exposure to corporate loans in the so-called phase two, which is estimated to increase credit risk at the end of March rose to 22.7 percent.

With the gradual expiration of the moratorium, and especially if the recovery of the economy weakens, the CNB notes that the materialisation of credit risk in this segment could further burden the operations of banks and do nothing to help the increasing number of Croatian zombie companies across heavily affected sectors.

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