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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Thursday, 26 August 2021

ECDC Corona Map on August 26, 2021: Croatia Remains Orange!

August 26, 2021 - Good news - Croatia remains orange on the latest ECDC corona map on August 26, 2021. 

The latest European Center for Disease Prevention and Control corona map, which has been published around noon in recent weeks, was finally released on Thursday at 3:30 pm. The map revealed that Croatia remains orange, even though many media reports worried the country would turn red with the recent jump in cases. 

Health Minister Vili Beroš said at a press conference today before the map was released that Croatia remained orange and that there were no red zones.

"We contacted our sources in Stockholm and they had some difficulties in publishing the map, and those same sources told us that the whole of Croatia is still orange. So there are no red zones," Beroš said.

In the past 24 hours, 638 new cases were recorded, bringing the number of active cases in Croatia today to 3253, the Headquarters reported.

Among them, 358 patients are in hospital, of which 43 patients are on respirators. Six people died.

To date, a total of 371,623 people have been reported to be infected with the coronavirus, of whom 8,316 have died and 360,054 have recovered (330 in the past 24 hours).

There are currently 7058 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 2,501,327 people have been tested, of which 10,428 in the last 24 hours.

The ECDC Epidemiological Map for Europe is published each week based on the 14-day incidence and the share of positive tests in the total number tested.

Green on the ECDC map are regions where the 14-day COVID-19 infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is less than 50, and the share of COVID-19 positives tested is less than four percent, or the 14-day incidence was less than 75 percent, and the share of positives was less than one percent.

Orange means that the incidence of confirmed COVID-19 cases is less than 50, but the share of positives is more than 4 percent, or the 14-day rate is between 75 and 200, and the share of positives among those tested is less than four percent.

Red means a 14-day incidence rate of 75-200, with a COVID-19 positive rate greater than 4 percent and a 14-day incidence rate of 200 to 500, and dark red encompasses areas where the 14-day rate is greater than 500.

ECDC assesses the COVID-19 risk by major statistical regions within the country (NUTS 2). NUTS 2 statistical regions must have a minimum population of 800 thousand and a maximum of three million. There are only four NUTS 2 regions in Croatia - Pannonian Croatia, Adriatic Croatia, Northern Croatia, and the City of Zagreb.

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Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Croatia Logs 677 New Coronavirus Cases, Four Deaths

ZAGREB, 25 Aug, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 677 coronavirus cases and four COVID-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Wednesday.

The number of active cases is 2,951 and there are 356 hospitalised patients, including 46 on ventilators, while 6,858 persons are self-isolating.

To date, 2,490,899 tests for the virus have been conducted, including 10,453 in the last 24 hours when the share of positive tests was 6.5%.

To date, 3,227,814 vaccine doses have been administered, with 41.99% of the population having been vaccinated, including 50.45% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,703,929 persons while 1,589,077 persons have been fully vaccinated -- 1,523,885 have received both doses and 65,192 have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine -- which is 47.1% of the adult population.

To date, Croatia has registered 370,985 coronavirus cases and 8,310 deaths, while 359,724 persons have recovered from COVID-19, including 282 in the past 24 hours.

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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Croatia Logs 470 New Coronavirus Cases, Three Deaths

ZAGREB, 24 Aug, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 470 coronavirus cases and three related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

The number of active cases is 2,560 and there are 330 hospitalised patients, including 44 on ventilators, while 6,961 persons are self-isolating.

To date, Croatia has registered 370,308 coronavirus cases and 8,306 deaths, while 359,442 persons have recovered from COVID-19, including 343 in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,480,446 persons have been tested for the virus, including 9,989 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 3,219,595 vaccine doses have been administered, with 41.9% of the population having been vaccinated, including 50.35% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,700,378 persons while 1,583,703 persons have been fully vaccinated -- 1,519,217 have received both doses and 64,486 have received the single-dose Janssen vaccine -- which is 46.95% of the adult population.

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Monday, 23 August 2021

Croatia Logs 73 New Cases, Two COVID-19 Related Deaths

ZAGREB, 23 Aug 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 73 coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Monday.

The number of active cases is 2,436 and there are 307 hospitalized patients, including 42 on ventilators, while 6,992 persons are self-isolating.

To date, Croatia has registered 369,838 coronavirus cases and 8,303 deaths, while 359,099 persons have recovered from COVID-19, including 330 in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,470,457 persons have been tested for the virus, including 3,884 in the last 24 hours.

To date, 3,212,783 vaccine doses have been administered, with 41.83% of the population vaccinated, including 50.26% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 41.83% of the total population or to 50.26% of the adult population while 1,579,035 persons have been fully vaccinated, which is 46.81% of the adult population.

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Sunday, 22 August 2021

Will European Countries Decide Fate of Rest of Croatian Tourist Season?

August the 22nd, 2021 - Will powerful European countries such as Germany, France and the United Kingdom be the ones to decide the fate of the rest of the Croatian tourist season, which has been going remarkably well so far? Maybe, but with people far more relaxed now than last year - maybe not.

With the memory of the dire 2020 Croatian tourist season still fresh in the memories of many, especially those who work within the sector, few could have imagined that the Croatian tourist season of 2021 would yield such impressive numbers of arrivals and overnight stays realised primarily by foreign tourists. Still leaning on the various coronavirus maps and traffic light systems of European countries, things could still take a turn yet.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, might we expect the mass exodus of tourists and serial accommodation reservation cancellations, like we did last year? Do guests rely on these measurements at all, and do they also surf the ECDC website as often as their hopeful Croatian hosts do?

The methodology itself has been the subject of serious debate for weeks now, but with the vaccination rollout across the continent going more or less well, European tourists seem much more relaxed than they were last year, when there was no such vaccine to speak of.

The public is beginning to realise that the mere addition of positive test results may not be the best criterion for introducing new anti-epidemic measures, especially now the vaccine is here and hospitalisations and deaths can be greatly reduced despite positive tests being returned. Dissonant tones can even be heard among country leaders.

When it comes to the tone being set by Croatian leaders, if we put President Zoran Milanovic and PM Andrej Plenkovic in that category, they managed to agree in principle that ''after the summer'', epidemiological measures can be abolished freely, according to a report from tportal.

The situation in family accommodation for tportal was described by the president of the Family Tourism Association at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Martina Nimac Kalcina.

"The potential transition of Croatia in the red zone would definitely affect the course of the Croatian tourist season, but it wouldn't be as drastic as last year. Most of our guests are vaccinated, and there are a number of countries that aren't guided solely by ECDC data, but have their own criteria, such as Norway, the Netherlands or Denmark. On their maps, Croatia is generally in a much better position,'' stated Nimac Kalcina.

"This year, we have an extremely large number of younger guests, and they're completely relaxed and simply want a more chilled atmosphere. The fact that Croatia had milder measures than most of Europe definitely influenced their decision and is definitely responsible for the success of the Croatian tourist season. But now the reversal follows: middle-aged and elderly guests keep their eye on the situation with the pandemic much more closely, they're much more cautious and are obviously less inclined to come. And they're the key for the post-season, meaning September and possibly October,'' explained Nimac Kalcina.

The president of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Josko Stella, says that the reaction of tourists to a possible change in the colour of Croatia on the ECDC map, which is realistic to expect next Thursday, is actually the question mark above all other question marks.

"It's possible that they'll just completely ignore this information and just go on the holiday they booked, but there's also a chance that they'll urgently pick up their belongings and leave Croatia, while those who intended to come will give up on taking the trip. The truth seems to be somewhere in the middle, and I'm optimistic,'' said Stella.

"The answer isn't unequivocal - in the end, European countries like the Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom have their own criteria. The most important thing is certainly the behaviour of large countries and the Croatian tourist season could be abruptly interrupted only if some of them decide to impose isolation upon return, even for vaccinated people, which in my opinion is unlikely,'' added the president of this Tourist Board.

He warned that the German Robert Koch Institute is preparing for a strategically important move, on the basis of which the largest European economy defines its epidemic measures, including the conditions for the return of its residents from their summer holidays.

"Over recent days, new criteria has been being proposed that will no longer take into account only the number of cases and the percentage of positive tests, but also parameters such as the number of critically unwell patients, the percentage of occupied respirators or the emergence of new strains of the virus. The incidence of coronavirus itself may have been relevant half a year ago, but that will hardly be the case for a long time to come,'' added Stella.

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

Croatia Logs 505 New Cases, Three COVID-19 Related Deaths

ZAGREB, 21 Aug, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 505 coronavirus cases and three COVID-related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Saturday

The number of active cases is 2,644 and there are 258 hospitalised patients, including 34 on ventilators, while 6,810 persons are self-isolating.

To date, Croatia has registered 369,392 coronavirus cases and 8,298 deaths, while 358,430 persons have recovered from COVID-19, including 347 in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,457,176 persons have been tested for the virus.

3,208,101 vaccine doses administered so far

To date, 3,208,101 vaccine doses have been administered, with 41.76% of the population vaccinated, including 50.19% of adults.

One dose has been administered to 1,694,827 persons, while 1,576,504 persons have been fully vaccinated - 1,513,274 who have received both doses and 63,230 who have received a single-dose of the Janssen vaccine -- which is 46.74% of the adult population.

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

More Than 50% of Croatian Adult Population Vaccinated Against Coronavirus

August the 21st, 2021 - More than 50 percent of the Croatian adult population is now finally vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which is a target the country had hoped in vain to reach before the tourist season began. Still, it's better late than never.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian Institute of Public Health director Krunoslav Capak stated that every second adult living in Croatia has made a positive step forward and been vaccinated against the virus. The fact that more than 50 percent of the Croatian adult population is now vaccinated is cause for celebration in the eyes of Capak.

''In order to preserve their personal health and life as well as the health and lives of their fellow citizens, every second adult in Croatia has now received at least one dose of vaccine. Everyone who was vaccinated, with this selfless gesture, has contributed to health, safety, preservation of life, the preservation of the hospital system, and the preservation of jobs as well as the tourist season.

I'd like to thank everyone who responded to the vaccination invitation as well as the healthcare professionals who did a great job. We're moving on,'' said the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, epidemiologist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sc. Krunoslav Capak.

The highest coverage of vaccinated with the first dose was achieved in the City of Zagreb (48.0 percent of the total population, ie 58.0 percent of the adult population), and the best level of those fully vaccinated was also achieved in the City of Zagreb (44.2 percent of the total population, ie 53.5 percent of the capital's adult population).

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

First Croatian Damage Claim in Coronavirus Death Case Rejected

August the 21st, 2021 - The very first Croatian damage claim against a death listed as having been caused by coronavirus has been submitted, and subsequently rejected by the hospital in question.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the director of KBC Zagreb, Dr. Ante Corusic, stated that the hospital rejected the settlement because there is no evidence that the woman became infected with the novel coronavirus during her stay at the hospital.

''We took all possible measures to provide protection against coronavirus that were possible at the time," he added.

Whether or not the family of the individual in question will file a lawsuit isn't yet known. But regardless of this case involving the very first Croatian damage claim, there is a possibility that lawsuits related to coronavirus will be significantly more frequent given that the pandemic is not yet over.

During the last year in healthcare institutions across the country, there were guidelines in place that provided a certain level of protection against the infection of healthcare workers, and then patients, but with them the possibility of transmission remained significant, and the reasons for lawsuits are, owing to that, rather limited. However, from the moment the vaccine was made available, safety was significantly increased, but only if healthcare professionals chose to get vaccinated first.

This is the reason why in some EU countries vaccination is mandatory for them, such as in Italy, France, Greece and Hungary. Unfortunately, the situation with vaccination of healthcare professionals here in Croatia is still bad. It is true that doctors in Croatia have been vaccinated, at least more than 80 percent of them have, but nurses and technicians have only just reached half.

Namely, this case from KBC Zagreb actually has no basis on "gross negligence or intent to infect" if it happened in the hospital. It was a patient who came to the hospital as they had sustained a rib injury caused by a fall. She was tested and was negative for the virus at the time. Sadly, as it often happens, just a few days later, she returned a positive test. She was then transferred to KB Dubrava, where she unfortunately died on December the 6th. KBC Zagreb pointed out that all protocols in regard to coronavirus were respected.

"It's very important when deciding whether a patient is entitled to compensation or not to determine whether everything based on the guidelines of the profession has been taken into account in order to protect against infection," explained lawyer Ana Gruber of this Croatian damage claim case.

''It's precisely because of coronavirus that over in the United States, where the submitting of claims is an almost daily occurrence, changes to the laws governing compensation in most states have been made since the beginning of the pandemic, ensuring "civil immunity to claims related to the spread of coronavirus except in limited situations involving gross negligence, willful and reckless conduct of reckless harm or intentional harm,'' she noted.

In other words, hardly anyone could get compensation associated with coronavirus until the vaccine appeared and was made available.

The answer from the Ministry of Health as to how we might proceed with the continued vaccination of healthcare professionals, ie whether or not mandatory vaccination will be introduced, is somewhat pitiful.

"The possibility of introducing new health protection measures within the healthcare system will depend on the epidemiological situation in the future, as well as the joint measures adopted by the competent authorities. On this track, a document is being harmonised at the professional level that will take into account the current epidemiological situation related to safety in health care institutions.''

Although there is no definite answer "yes" or "no" to the mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers, it is clearly stated by the Ministry that compensation should be paid by the hospital to either the infected patient or the infected employee in successful damage claims.

Can the hospital then be protected from having to pay out compensation in a Croatian damage claim case caused by an employee who simply doesn't want to be vaccinated? Hospital directors believe that institutions should have an additional "tool" with which they could hold employees accountable for their non-vaccination, Jutarnji list writes.

"The moment a vaccine arrives, the situation changes because there's an additional possibility of protection. If doctors or nurses aren't vaccinated and a patient becomes infected with coronavirus, then it can be demonstrated that not all protection measures available to the hospital have been taken.

Whether the compensation should be paid out by the hospital itself or by an unvaccinated worker must be decided by the competent authorities. A possible solution is, for example, for the hospital to ask its employees for a statement confirming that they don't want to be vaccinated, but that they also accept compensation for possible damage,'' concluded Gruber.

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Saturday, 21 August 2021

Zrce Beach in Public Health Institute's Study on Coronavirus and Clubbing

August the 21st, 2021 - The world famous Croatian Zrce beach has been involved in a study carried out by the Croatian Institute of Public Health on the effects of clubbing in regard to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, vaccination against the novel coronavirus, a liberal approach in the form of anti-epidemic measures against the spread of the pandemic and an indestructible desire for fun, with the good organisation of testing points, all saw Zrce beach get some significantly better results this season than expected.

Moreover, due to extremely good epidemiological results despite high traffic, the Croatian Institute of Public Health selected Zrce beach in their preparation of a study of the relationship between clubbing and the spread of the infection, which should provide many answers about this segment in the coming period.

The traffic at the end of the summer on Zrce beach will be taken care of by the closing festival brought to Croatia by Amnesia, one of the most famous clubs in the world from Ibiza. Clubs on Zrce beach entered the summer season ready for another year of improvisations, organising smaller festivals, and understanding that every day the risk of infection posed the potential closure of the beach.

Club Noa on Zrce beach had even better traffic in July and the previous part of August than in the same period in pre-pandemic, record 2019.

"Of course, we weren't allowed to work in June and this will be reflected in the annual results, as will the fact that there were no big festivals, but the rest of the summer was very successful, thanks to our guests who acted very responsibly and respected the order of things, I have every praise for them. Zrce beach was chosen as the location for testing because it is the location that has the largest sample of the population of at least 1500 to 2000 people a day, or between 500 and 700 people per club,'' revealed Zlatko Balasko, the owner of Club Noa.

Namely, Club Noa has become a partner of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, which, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health Zadar, will prepare a study that should provide answers on the connection between clubbing and the spread of this particular infection, as well as the safety aspects of the industry, given all of the measures conducted on site.

Despite tension between the clubbing industry and  thedecision-makers on measures to protect the population from infection on the eve of the summer, Zrce beach praised the good cooperation with national and local civil protection directorates.

"Apart from proving that our industry is resilient, as well as the natural desire of young people to have fun, it has been shown that the liberal model of managing this crisis is justified, to which the state agreed and enabled us to work as much as possible. It's true, this year there were no big festivals such as Hideout, Sonus, Fresh Island, but, the traffic has been much better than we expected.

We put a lot of effort into it, the festivals were transformed into lower budget ones to reduce the overall risk, we developed new brands, several old brands used vouchers for tickets that couldn't be used last year, it's all part of the flexible business model we had to adopt,'' explained Boris Suljic, the owner of the Kalypso club, who this year brought the new brand Tattva to Zrce beach, a combination of a beach club and a restaurant whose development he expects to continue over the coming years.

By the end of the year, Kalypso is preparing three more smaller festivals, and the final “Ibiza Takeover Croatia”, which will be the result of the very important cooperation of all Zrce beach clubs with the Amnesia club from Ibiza and the company BSH Events.

We're told that this cooperation is really a big deal in this business, and a great recognition for the strongest Croatian party destination, although it must be admitted that this happened due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic kept all clubs in Ibiza closed this summer.

Amnesia from Ibiza is one of the world's most famous clubs, which has been named the best global club four times at the IDMA Awards in Miami. Amnesia opened back in 1976 as a gathering place for hippie culture and bands. Numerous world-famous programmes were held at the club, and almost all the world's leading DJs have performed there.

The arrival of Amnesia in Croatia and the Ibiza Takeover Croatia festival is therefore a great recognition for Zrce beach, as well as an opportunity to promote Croatia and the island of Pag at the global level. Balasko pointed out that this could be the basis for future cooperation of these locations and with clubs from Ibiza.

"It's great that the world's strongest club from Ibiza has included us in its programme. These closing parties are very popular in Ibiza and it's great that we'll be able to end this season like that. The season has so far been a pleasant surprise, compared to what we expected at the beginning of the summer, with daily traffic of between 500 and 1000 people. We can also thank the National Civil Protection Directorate for that, as they've enabled us to reach the end of the season with strict controls and without incidents,'' said Ivan Busljeta, the owner of the Papaya and Nomad clubs.

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