Monday, 21 February 2022

Covid Measures in Slovenia Dropped from Today: Should Croatia Follow Suit?

February 21, 2022 -  As Covid measures in Slovenia become a thing of the past, should its neighbor Croatia follow suit?

"The measures introduced by the headquarters have proved ineffective and should be considered to be removed because if they are not effective, then it is unnecessary to have them."

Today, Slovenia takes a step towards the life we once knew. COVID certificates will generally no longer be needed anywhere, travelers will no longer have to qualify to be vaccinated, recovered, or get tested, and the same is true for employees, reports Novi List

There are no more restrictions on the number of guests in restaurants and cafes, and nightclubs are starting to operate. The self-testing of students, which Croatia is only beginning to implement, is being abolished, but the basic measures remain in force - masks, disinfection, and distance.

There are no such announcements in Croatia yet. 

Although the number of newly infected people in Croatia decreases, there are no announcements of lifting the measures currently in place. 

"Each state, according to the epidemiological situation, assesses when it is time to repeal or strengthen a measure. We have seen a decline in the number of the newly infected in recent days, but these are still high numbers. As a result, we have high numbers of patients in hospitals and many deaths," said Vesna Višekruna Vučina, epidemiologist of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, for RTL.

Scientist Ivan Đikić said that measures in Croatia had not yielded results, many were introduced too late, and people do not adhere to them.

"The measures we have, such as COVID certificates and other measures introduced by the headquarters, have proved ineffective and should be considered to be removed because if they are not effective, then it is unnecessary to have them," said Djikic.

So, should Croatia abolish all remaining epidemiological measures?

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Saturday, 19 February 2022

Croatia Logs 3,525 New COVID Cases, 44 Deaths

ZAGREB, 19 Feb 2022 - Croatia reported 3,525 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, while 44 people have died as a consequence of the disease, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Saturday.

Currently, there are 27,432 active cases in the country, including 1,707 hospitalised patients, 125 of whom are on ventilators while 16,387 are self-isolating.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Croatia, a total of 1,039,157 people have become infected, of whom 14,773 have died while 996,952 have recovered. 

As of 17 February, a total of 5,178,043 doses of a vaccine have been administered and 56.78% of the total population or 67.54% of the adult population has been vaccinated. 

A total of 2,304,151 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine while 2,224,390 people have been fully vaccinated, which is 65.35% of the adult population.

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Friday, 18 February 2022

Croatia Registers 5,164 New COVID Cases, 50 Deaths

ZAGREB, 18 Feb 2022 - Croatia reported 5,164 new coronavirus cases on Friday, of the 9,052 tests taken in the past 24 hours, while 50 people have died as a consequence of the disease, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said. 

Currently, there are 28,982 active cases in the country, including 1,837 hospitalized patients, 128 of whom are on ventilators while 16,535 are self-isolating.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Croatia, a total of 1,035,632 people have become infected, of whom 14,729 have died while 991,921 have recovered. 

As of 17 February, a total of 5,174,701 doses of a vaccine have been administered and 56.77% of the total population or 67.53% of the adult population has been vaccinated. 

A total of 2,303,772 people have received at least one dose of a vaccine while 2,223,417 people have been fully vaccinated, which is 65.32% of the adult population.

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Thursday, 17 February 2022

Croatia Reports 6,359 New Coronavirus Cases, 47 Deaths

ZAGREB, 17 Feb 2022 - Croatia reported 6,359 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, out of 11,152 tests, and 47 related deaths, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said.

There are 31,059 active cases, including 1,933 hospitalised patients, of whom 132 are hooked to ventilators, while 15,772 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 1,032,033 coronavirus cases and 14,679 related deaths to date. So far, 985,845 recoveries have been registered, including 5,075 in the last 24 hours.

Also, 56.76% of the total population and 67.52% of adults have been vaccinated, including 65.29% of adults who are fully vaccinated.

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Croatia Logs 8,266 New COVID Cases, 48 Deaths

ZAGREB, 16 Feb 2022 - There have been 8,266 new coronavirus cases in Croatia in the last 24 hours, and 48 more COVID patients have died, bringing the COVID-related death toll to 14,632, the country's COVID crisis management team reported on Wednesday.

There are 32,170  active cases, including 1,966 hospitalised patients, 140 of whom are on ventilators, while 15,012  people are self-isolating, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Croatia has registered 1,027,572 cases of coronavirus, while 980,770 cases of recovery have been registered, including 2,885 in the past 24 hours.

To date, a total of 4,432,211 tests have been conducted, including 13,052 in the past 24 hours.

A total of 5,166,325 doses of a vaccine have been administered and 56.74% of the total population has been vaccinated, representing 67.51% of the adult population.

A total of 2,302,752 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose while 2,221,069 are fully inoculated, or 65.26% of the adult population.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Record Summer Season is Possible, But It's Too Early to Be Certain

February 15, 2022 - It is reasonable to believe in a possible record summer season in 2022 due to the number of reservations. However, low vaccination rates, rising energy prices, and other factors may still interfere, warns Tomislav Fain, head of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies.

All EU countries are still on the map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in dark red, but most of them with higher vaccination rates are expected to drop more over time than expected in Croatia. Our tourism workers hope that despite low vaccination, rising energy prices and other things, all previous efforts to invest in the season will not "melt", but due to many open questions they do not dare to predict whether we'll have a good start to this season, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

Booking is better than for 2019, but there is no guarantee that part of these reservations will not be canceled.

''From the current perspective, the view of this year's tourist season seems quite optimistic, especially when it comes to peak season, July and August. Demand is high, reservations are constantly arriving, but we must be very careful because they are all made with the possibility of cancellation and no advance payment'', says Tomislav Fain, owner of the Zadar travel agency "Terra Travel" and president of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies.

He reminds that the situation with COVID has greatly changed the previous way of doing business and everyone must be flexible, so reservations are accepted without payment.

''We had to adapt to this pandemic. We don’t know what could happen tomorrow, whether there will be an increase in contagion and some new measures again and we had to allow people to cancel their reservations. So we still have to be careful with optimistic announcements, but I say that if everything remains as it is now, there could be a record summer season'', Fain says.

The pre-season is filling up a bit less but he emphasizes that it is a good signal that most airlines left their flights at the beginning of April, which is an indicator that their seats are filling up.

''Our guests are accustomed to having enough capacity and there will probably be a lot of "last minute" reservations'', said the president of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies.

Vaccination is holding us back

Along with COVID, the rattling of weapons on the border between Russia and Ukraine is not in favor of more frequent trips.

''At the moment, we do not know how the situation will unfold there by the summer or how and how much it can affect the arrivals. We, like everyone else, follow what is happening there'', Fain points out.

The interest of the population in vaccination in Croatia is miserable; those who wanted to get vaccinated did so a long time ago, and in the persuasion of those who do not want to do so, the announcement of the ECDC, which will include the parameters of vaccination of the population in the map of European countries, does not help.

''In terms of vaccination, we are the worst of all countries that are our strongest tourist competition. These are "landmines" that can reduce the possibility of a record summer season because even if we do not have a lot of infected people, data on poor vaccination can significantly affect the arrival of guests. If we stay in the red because of that, we will close the door to some markets for ourselves. It is enough for Germany to mark us as undesirable, and here we are in trouble'', concluded Fain.

For more on travel in Croatia, follow TCN's dedicated page.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Croatia Logs 6,538 New Coronavirus Cases, 47 Deaths

ZAGREB, 15 Feb 2022 - Croatia reported 6,538 new coronavirus cases, out of 9,694 tests, and 47 related deaths on Tuesday.

There are 29,308 active cases, including 2,026 hospitalised patients, of whom 138 on ventilators, while 14,630 persons are self-isolating, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said.

To date Croatia has registered 1,021,777 coronavirus cases and 14,584 related deaths, and 56.73% of the total population has been vaccinated, or 67.49% of adults, of whom 65.23% fully.

Monday, 14 February 2022

Croatia Reports 1,061 New Coronavirus Cases, 64 Deaths

14 February, 2022 - Croatia has registered 1,061 new coronavirus cases and 64 COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours.

The number of active cases in the country currently stands at 31,000, and 2,097 of them are being treated in hospitals, including 146 who are on ventilators, while 16,642 persons are self-isolating, the national coronavirus response team said on Monday.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 virus was confirmed in Croatia, 1,018,367 people have been registered as having contracted the virus, of whom 14,537 have died and 972,830 have recovered, including 6,477 in the last 24 hours.

So far, 4,409,465 people have been tested for the virus, including 2.081 in the last 24 hours.

By 13 February, 5,159,918 COVID vaccine doses had been administered, with 56.72 per cent of the total population, or 67.48 per cent of adults, having been vaccinated. A total of 2,301,799 persons have received at least one dose and 2,219,165 of them have been fully vaccinated, which is 65.21 per cent of the adult population.

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Infectious Disease Specialist Goran Tesovic: Covid Passes No Longer Make Sense

February the 13th, 2022 - Goran Tesovic, an infectious disease specialist at the Dr. Fran Mihaljevic Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb told N1 that he doubted that any new vaccination strategy would help those who have already made their choices, for whatever reason.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Dr. Goran Tesovic said that he doesn't know what the strategy will be. He says he has now been claiming for a long time that whoever wanted to be vaccinated, has already been vaccinated, and that there are a lot of anti-vaxxers around.

“How much we medical professionals, or some of us, have contributed to that is hard to say, but we probably have. The media has played a role, and the basis of everything is that people's decisions about vaccination have shown that at least 30 percent of people are either anti-vaxxers or are suspicious about coronavirus vaccines. With a well-developed strategy, proper promotional measures, and consistent behaviour by healthcare authorities, perhaps someone who is hesitant would be persuaded to get vaccinated. You won't succeed with those who have a clearly defined attitude, no strategy can help an anti-vaxxer. 30 percent of people in this country have this anti-vaxx attitude even when it comes to mandatory vaccines in Croatia, and the coronavirus vaccine isn't mandatory, so it's only logical that this percentage will increase,'' he said.

Asked what could have been done in the beginning of the vaccine rollout, or what we missed, he said: "I'm not saying that much more could have been done because it is clear that there was a strong anti-vaxx mood from the very beginning, look at Bulgaria, Romania and other Eastern European countries. I think that this is, for the most part, a reflection of the overall situation in society and the lack of trust in the authorities. Whatever strategy may turn out to be wrong in the end, I'm afraid that there's no right advice,'' said Goran Tesovic.

He also spoke about compulsory vaccination in Croatia: “I think making vaccination mandatory wouldn't significantly solve this problem. Perhaps one could try to be more active towards older groups and emphasise how devastating this disease can be for these people more. Unfortunately, some of these people were initially afraid of the vaccine's side effects, which are exaggerated, and no one told them that if they get covid with their comorbidities, they're more likely to develop a severe clinical picture. I don’t think the introduction of compulsory vaccination would change much, it might encourage further incitement of the anti-vaxx atmosphere too. If introduced, it couldn't be for the entire population, and then the question arises as to whether it's mandatory vaccination at all in such a case. I'd stick to what's recommended and insisting that the elderly and those with comorbidities be vaccinated.''

Finally, he commented on the emergence of the Omicron variant: “I'm not in favour of removing the rule about masks, at least until we see what will happen when Omicron subsides completely. Covid certificates probably no longer make any sense given the variant that has unfolded in this way. This isn't a virus that will naturally provide immunity to us. The fact that most people get over Omicron without many issues doesn't mean that they're immune and can't be reinfected with another new variant,'' Goran Tesovic concluded.

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Saturday, 12 February 2022

Croatia Logs 5,212 New COVID-19 Cases, 51 Fatalities

ZAGREB, 12 Feb 2022 - In the last 24 hours 5,212 coronavirus cases, out of 11,947 tests, and 51 related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Saturday.

There are 41,261 active cases, including 2,092 hospitalised patients, of whom 168 are hooked up to ventilators, while 21,275 persons are self-isolating.

To date 56.71% of the total population, or 67.47% of adults have been vaccinated, with 65.18% of adults fully.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Croatia, 1,015,185 people have contracted the disease, of whom 14,424 have died.

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