Tuesday, 31 August 2021

These Five Zagreb Hospitals Will Accept Covid Positive Patients

August the 31st, 2021 - As autumn approaches and despite the good epidemiological picture, preparations in the healthcare system are occurring. Five Zagreb hospitals will be accepting coronavirus positive patients, while two hospitals in the capital will be solely for negative patients.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a meeting was held between the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, and the directors of Croatian hospitals and an expert group from the Ministry of Health. They discussed the current situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus and the redistribution of care for coronavirus positive patients, HRT has learned.

Five Zagreb hospitals will be ready and waiting to accept coronavirus positive patients, while two will be off limits for all except lab proven negative ones.

The hospital in Dubrava, known as the ''covid hospital'' last year, will continue to take care of all patients regardless of what result they return on a covid test, and capacities in other Zagreb hospitals, as well as other hospitals across the country, are being prepared for people suffering from coronavirus, HRT reports.

The vaccination of healthcare professionals with a third dose, which should begin soon, was also discussed.

Jutarnji list has found out that an agreement has been reached on which Zagreb hospitals will receive coronavirus positive people, and which will remain only for negative patients.

KB Dubrava will no longer be exclusively a covid hospital, but will be joined by KBC Zagreb, KBC Sestre milosrdnice, the Fran Mihaljevic Clinic for Infectious Diseases, and the Lung Clinic on Rockefellerova. Two Zagreb hospitals, namely KB Sveti Duh and KB Merkur, currently remain only for the treatment of coronavirus negative patients, Jutarnji has learned.

All Zagreb hospital directors agreed with this ''schedule'' at a recently held meeting of the expert group for the organisation of the hospital system of the Ministry of Health. This would provide about 400 covid beds across all Zagreb hospitals, which should be enough to cope with any new wave of infection, with the provison that in case the number of hospitalised people with coronavirus grows significantly, KB Sveti Duh and KB Merkur would be ready to step in, reports Jutarnji.

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Monday, 30 August 2021

Croatian Covid Strategy for Autumn: More Freedom, Less Financial Support

August the 30th, 2021 - The Croatian covid strategy for autumn 2021 appears as if it's going to be, at least at this stage, very different to what we witnessed back during the terrible autumn of 2020. More freedom for people is in the works, as is less financial help for businesses.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, ahould we fear the large number of covid cases in September? Many people are ready to take risks just to see their ''old'' everyday life return, but it seems that many still aren't ready to be vaccinated for some reasom, according to a report from N1.

Parts of the catering and hospitality sector which have been closed or limited until now will be opening. This is a decision that will take effect on the first of September, and those who work in this sector will be able to breathe a little more easily, finally. There is, however, always another side of the coin to take into consideration, and that is that the Government is already announcing the possibility of abolishing the financial aid measures introduced last year in an attempt to preserve jobs. This comes with an exception for the most vulnerable enterprises, as further explained here.

There will still be a need for entry with a mask, the proper ventilation of the space and the maintaining of social distancing, but people will hopefully still be satisfied because for the first time in nine months, the closed spaces of coffee bars and cafes are finally set to open.

Especially now that the colder weather is coming, many people will prefer to sit inside as opposed to outside on terraces. Covid certificates will not be required. Those in the industry are already busy preparing for the opening, satisfied with the decision of the National Civil Protection Directorate.

"Finally, they've made a good decision, we're really satisfied, it will mean a lot to many people," said Drazen Biljan from the National Association of Caterers.

The National Civil Protection Directorate has made its decision on the Croatian covid strategy for autumn, and its former member, Maja Grba Bujevic, says that as long as the anti-epidemic measures are properly adhered to, this favourable epidemiological situation will continue.

"If we adhere to all of the measures, nothing will change significantly, as I've already said, it will all depend on us, no one else. I'm not here to discuss economic measures, I'm only interested in getting as few people infected as possible and for as few people as possible to end up needing hospital treatment,'' said the HDZ MP of the Croatian covid approach for the colder months.

A good tourist season and the opening of indoor premises also means the scrapping of Government support for preserving jobs. The Croatian Government claims they are no longer needed, except for those who didn't have terraces or outdoor spaces on which to continue operating, employees in the event industry or travel agencies.

''That's a discriminatory decision, our sector is devastated! Many businesses haven't been able to work for months, we ca't recover so easily and just like that because there has indeed been pure devastation, the economic measures must remain in place and we're appealing for that,'' warned Biljan.

The Government believes that the time for those measures has passed, and the time for job creation has begun. That said, the effects of the global coronavirus epidemic have not yet disappeared.

"Last year, the economy was completely paralysed. Economic circumstances were blocked by the pandemic and the Croatian economy fell by 8 percent, with only Spain, Greece and similar countries which rely heavily on tourism like us experiencing a stronger decline. Montenegro, for example, had a drop of 15 percent. This was followed by the opening up of the economy,'' warned Croatian economic analyst Damir Novotny.

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Saturday, 28 August 2021

Croatia Logs 595 New COVID-19 Cases, Six Deaths

ZAGREB, 28 Aug, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 595 new coronavirus cases and six COVID-19-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Saturday, noting that 10,173 tests were conducted in that period.

There are currently 3,434 active cases, including 374 hospitalised patients, of whom 43 are on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of the disease was reported in Croatia, 372,814 people have been infected, of whom 8,324 have died.

A total of 361,056 people have recovered, including 508 in the last 24 hours.

Currently 8,061 people are self-isolating.

To date, 2,521,032 people have been tested.

To date, 3,253,119 vaccine doses have been administered, with 42.30% of the population having been vaccinated, including 50.81% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,716,520 persons while 1,604,377 persons have been fully vaccinated -- 1,536,599 have received both doses and 67,778 have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine -- which is 47.55% of the adult population.

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Saturday, 28 August 2021

Krunoslav Capak Talks Measures, Covid Certificates, Third Dose

August the 28th, 2021 - The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, has discussed the epidemiological situation, the fact that Croatia continues to be a safe tourist destination, anti-epidemic measures and the idea of a third dose of the vaccine.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Krunoslav Capak stated on Thursday that Croatia currently has the most favourable epidemiological situation of all tourist countries in Europe, as well as of many other tourist countries globally. This has been reaffirmed by Croatia remaining orange on the ECDC's latest corona map update.

“It’s very good news; no additional measures are being introduced for tourists leaving Croatia to return home, and if we do turn red, then additional measures can be introduced, including quarantine,'' Krunoslav Capak told Dnevnik Nova TV.

He reported that no additional measures are being planned so far, and the existing ones will be extended until September the 15th, 2021.

“Now we have a slightly worse situation than we did at the same time last year, and the fourth wave started earlier than last year. Our expectations are that, given that we have more than 50 percent of the population vaccinated, it won't be such big growth and it won't last long," he added.

He noted that covid certificates have been introduced for gatherings of more than fifty people in Dalmatian and coastal counties and for a hundred people in continental counties, adding that they haven't yet considered introducing them for shopping centres, restaurants and cafes, although this option remains open and all is applicable in some European countries.

Consideration is also being given to using the certificates for the healthcare system and the social security system. Because, as Krunoslav Capak stated, it is important that when it comes to healthcare system, both patients and staff should try to avoid potentially infecting each other if possible.

“The use of covid certificates is tremendously important here, and we'd prefer everyone to be vaccinated,'' he pointed out.

"In some EU countries where covid certificates have been introduced, testing restrictions for asymptomatic people are being considered, so this will be one of the mechanisms in Croatia. We didn't definitely agree on when that would put put into practice,'' he said.

When asked about the vaccination of children, Krunoslav Capak noted that they support the vaccination of children aged 12 to 18, especially those with chronic underlying diseases where the risk of a severe form of the disease should it be contracted be higher.

"Now we're talking about it and stimulating the vaccination of children in their final grades of high school, and then high schools in which, due to the nature of the type of education they conduct, there is contact with more people,'' he added. He also invited every other child who wanted to, to come to receive the vaccination together with their parents.

Krunoslav Capak says the idea of a third dose of the vaccine is being discussed intensively, and Europe's position is rather conservative on the issue - most EU countries believe there is still a long way to go before we should need to start talking about that.

"So far, we don't have the infrastructure in place for that, nor the possibility to record the third dose, and we're also working on that. We epidemiologists will agree on which vulnerable groups we'll start giving the third dose too first,'' he stressed.

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Friday, 27 August 2021

Authorities Thinking of Introducing COVID Certificates in School and Health Sectors

ZAGREB, 27 Aug 2021 - Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović, who heads the national COVID-19 crisis management team, said on Friday that there were still no plans for the introduction of COVID certificates in the educational and health sectors, but the authorities were considering such a move.

He announced the extension of the validity of the current COVID certificate, whose current validity is nine months.

Božinović called for compliance with anti-epidemic rules such as social distancing, room airing and mask wearing.

Croatia's 14-day incidence 143.4 per 100,000

The head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ), Krunoslav Capak, said that this week, the number of new coronavirus cases increased by 31.6% as against last week.

He added that currently, Croatia's 14-day incidence was 143.4 per 100,000 population, and that broken down by county, Istria had the lowest incidence and Split-Dalmatia County the highest.

Of the 27 EU member-states, Croatia ranks 11th while Poland and Hungary have the lowest incidence. The current ranking is topped by France and Ireland.

As for the COVID-related mortality rate per million citizens, Croatia ranks 20th in the European Union. Capak said that Croatia would soon start providing booster doses to the most vulnerable groups.

He added that when it comes to children aged between 12 and 18, 10% of this age cohort has so far been vaccinated against coronavirus.

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Friday, 27 August 2021

Croatia Logs 596 COVID-19 Cases, Two Deaths

ZAGREB, 27 Aug 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 596 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-19-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Friday, noting that 9,532 tests were conducted in that period.

There are 372 hospitalised patients, including 47 on ventilators.

The number of active cases stands at 3,353 and 7,295 persons are self-isolating.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of the disease was reported in Croatia, 372,219 people have been infected, of whom 8,318 have died.

A total of 360,548 people have recovered, including 494 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 2,510,859 people have been tested, including 9,532 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 3,244,822 vaccine doses have been administered, with 42.20% of the population having been vaccinated, including 50.69% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,712,434 persons while 1,599,278 persons have been fully vaccinated -- 1,532,388 have received both doses and 66,890 have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine -- which is 47.40% of the adult population.

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Friday, 27 August 2021

Croatian Vaccine Rollout Poor, Only Bulgaria and Romania Worse Off

August the 27th, 2021 - The Croatian vaccine rollout is going rather poorly, with only Romania and Bulgaria behind us in terms of the number of fully vaccinated people in the country.

The pandemic is continuing despite the vaccination rollout happening more or less all over the world to some degree or another. Some European countries, such as the United Kingdom, have dropped the majority or all of their epidemiological measures as the vaccine rollout is excellent and hospitalisations and deaths drop.

Not all European countries, however, can boast of the same vaccination success. Croatia, despite relying heavily on tourism, gatherings and events in which the virus would easily spread and cause havoc, is unfortunately one of them.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian vaccine rollout has been at its lowest level since back in mid-February this year, when the vaccine had arrived in the country, been made available to all, and the campaign had only just actually begun.

About 0.15 people per 100 inhabitants have been vaccinated in the last few days, which puts the Republic of Croatia at the bottom of the European Union, writes Index.

It is important to know that Croatia is one of the weakest vaccinated countries in the entire European Union. Only Romania and Bulgaria are worse than us. So far, only 41 percent of the population has received a single dose, and only 38 percent have been fully vaccinated, which speaks volumes about the Croatian vaccine rollout and of attitudes towards it in general.

The poor Croatian vaccine rollout means that the chances of reaching the needed vaccination levels in the foreseeable future, which could ensure a return to relatively normal life, are very low.

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Friday, 27 August 2021

Croatian Health Ministry Supports Unvaccinated Hospital Staff Paying Compensation

August the 27th, 2021 - The Croatian Health Ministry has, in principle, expressed its support for the idea of unvaccinated healthcare workers employed in Croatian hospitals paying monetary compensation to patients who become infected with the novel coronavirus while in hospital.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian Health Ministry recently welcomed the move of the management of KBC Osijek, which warned its unvaccinated employees in a letter about the possibility of paying compensation to patients who become infected during their hospital stay.

The letter warns the employees of KBC Osijek about the possibility of paying compensation if a patient becomes infected in the hospital and decides to sue the institution. In the letter, the management states the possibility that, if this happens, the hospital will be able to seek compensation from unvaccinated staff members.

The Croatian Health Ministry estimates that the management of KBC Osijek, as part of its competencies and responsibilities for the work of the hospital, "timely and properly informed its employees about the need to raise the level of individual and collective protection against coronavirus'' and accordingly increase overall patient safety.

“It's clear from the letter that the management of KBC Osijek is transmitting information to all of its employees about the existence of civil lawsuits of persons alleging that their family members were infected with coronavirus when they were receiving hospital treatment (such as in the KBC Zagreb case) and that they consider the hospital responsible for the contaction of the infection, and as such the employees of the institution as a source, ie vectors of the infection,'' stated the Croatian Health Ministry.

It referred to a claim for compensation, more precisely a settlement with the hospital due to the death of an 84-year-old woman from the novel coronavirus, who the family believes was infected while being treated in a medical institution. According to Jutarnji list, the family demanded compensation of 632,000 kuna from KBC Zagreb.

The Croatian Health Ministry considers that lawsuits with high compensation claims, based on the argument that the hospital, ie its employees, didn't take all available measures to protect patients from contracting the infection, prompted the management of KBC Osijek to remind its employees that timely vaccination means taking the available protection from infection and the transmission of that same infection to patients, including adherence to all of the prescribed epidemiological measures.

Over recent days, KBC Osijek has stated that they aren't forcing any of their employees to be vaccinated, emphasising that it is still their duty to warn their employees about responsible behaviour and what may happen should they choose to refuse the vaccine.

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Thursday, 26 August 2021

Milanović Says Current Anti-Epidemic Rules Have No Sense Any More

ZAGREB, 26 Aug 2021 - President Zoran Milanović said on Thursday that the current anti-epidemic rules had no sense any more, and that Croatia should follow the example of Sweden rather than France and Germany considering measures taken to combat the COVID pandemic.

Milanović said this did not mean that Croatia should not copy others, however, he admitted that the country was also a part of a wider community and "it cannot always be the way we believe is the smartest."

"I think now that it would be more prudent to do something different than France and Germany or some other countries are doing," Milanović told the press in the Dalmatian town of Kijevo near Knin where he attended ceremonies commemorating civilian victims of the war who died 30 years ago. "I would follow the suit of Sweden. Sweden can afford it for itself, however it pays a political price, we obviously cannot do that," the president said.

The president explained that many people had got vaccinated against coronavirus which now made the anti-epidemic rules unnecessary unless the healthcare system and intensive care wards were exposed to strain.

 He again called on the Croatians to get vaccinated.

 "Get vaccinated. Trust science, be pragmatic, take care of yourselves," Milanović said.

Commenting on the forthcoming population census, Milanović said that the findings of the census would probably show that the population in Croatia alone was downsized by 10% compared to the situation 10 years ago, and he ascribed that to the emigration of Croatians to Ireland, Great Britain, and other western countries.

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Thursday, 26 August 2021

Croatia Logs 638 New Coronavirus Cases, Six Deaths

ZAGREB, 26 Aug 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 638 coronavirus cases and six COVID-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Thursday.

The number of active cases is 3,253 and there are 358 hospitalized patients, including 43 on ventilators, while 7,058 persons are self-isolating.

To date, 2,501,327 tests for the virus have been conducted, including 10,428 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 3,236,170 vaccine doses have been administered, with 42.09% of the population having been vaccinated, including 50.57% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,708,154 persons while 1,594,019 persons have been fully vaccinated -- 1,528,016 have received both doses and 66,003 have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine -- which is 47.25% of the adult population.

To date, Croatia has registered 371,623 coronavirus cases and 8,316 deaths, while 360,054 persons have recovered from COVID-19, including 330 in the past 24 hours.

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