Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Croatia Registers 141 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths in Past 24 Hours

ZAGREB, 7 July, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 141 new cases of coronavirus, while three people have died as a consequence of the infection, the national COVID response team reported on Wednesday.

Currently, there are 596 active cases in the country, including 120 hospitalised patients, 6 of whom are on ventilators, and 3,673 people are in self-isolation.

A total of 2,176,865 tests have been conducted today, including 4,982 in the past 24 hours.

As of 6 July, 2,714,126 doses of vaccines have been administered, with 1,518,820 people having received at least one dose and 1,195,306 having received both shots.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of the contagion was detected in Croatia, there have been 360,483 positive cases of coronavirus, 8,224 people have died and 351,663 have recovered from the infection, including 70 in the last 24 hours.

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

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 96 New Cases, Two Deaths, 65 Recoveries

ZAGREB, 6 July, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, of 5,103 tests performed for coronavirus in Croatia,  1.9%, that is 96, have turned out to be positive, the national COVID-19 crisis management team stated on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 528 active cases, including 132 hospitalised patients, of whom 10 are placed on ventilators.

In the last 24 hours, the COVID-related death toll has risen by two to 8,221.

Since the first registered case of the infection with this novel virus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, as many as 2,171,883 tests have been performed showing that 360,342 people have contracted the virus. Of them, 351,593 have recovered so far, including 65 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

The Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) reported on Tuesday that 37.3% of the total population or 45% of the adult population had been vaccinated to date.

A total of 2,687,515 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to date.

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

Monday, 5 July 2021

Only 35% of Croatian Population Vaccinated as Delta Strain Spreads

July the 5th, 2021 - The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is on the road to becoming the dominant strain currently in circulation in Croatia, and with a mere 35 percent of the Croatian population fully vaccinated, questions are being asked.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, following ten more than impressive weeks of a steady decline in the number of new infections, Croatia unfortunately now has growth of 22 percent when compared to the week before, owing to the presence of the Delta variant of the virus. The Croatian Institute of Public Health is not satisfied with the number of vaccinated people.

"Unfortunately, we aren't satisfied with the percentage of vaccinated people we hoped to have. We all wanted to vaccinate more than 50 percent of the total Croatian population during June, but sadly our numbers in that regard are much lower. Only about 35 percent of the total Croatian population has been vaccinated, which isn't enough for them to be calm and to be able to live according to the old normal,'' said epidemiologist Dijana Mayer.

The highly contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly across Europe and will almost certainly become dominant in Croatia as well, as it has in the likes of the United Kingdom which has rightly been hailed for its enviable vaccination rollout. As a precaution, many countries are stepping up their now extremely boring epidemiological measures once again. All returnees from high-risk countries, of which neighbouring Slovenia, for example, considers about 40 to be, must once again enter a ten day self-isolation period.

The European Centre for Disease Control estimates that by the end of August, the Delta strain will account for 90 percent of all new cases of infection across the European Union. Those who haven't been vaccinated yet, as well as younger people who perhaps are still waiting, have been warned to be careful.

According to the World Health Organisation, the Delta strain has already spread to 100 countries, HRT reports.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and choose your preferred language.

Friday, 2 July 2021

Dubrovnik Mayor Cites Vaccinations as Crucial in Current Situation

2 July 2021 - Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic appeared on the N1 network’s central news show Dnevnik. In his interview, he was mostly focused on the current situation in Dubrovnik's tourism.

Dubrovnik is a world-famous destination and has been for quite some time. But, the city also lacks other notable industries contributing to the local economy. With the current situation on the city’s most important travel market, that of the UK, it is clear things are not looking great for Dubrovnik.

Frankovic reflected on the difficulties of getting guests from the UK at the moment. He did emphasize concerns over the Delta strain of the COVID19 virus that seems to be dominant in Britain. In his words, opening towards the British market this year needs to be slow and careful. In a couple of days the first British Airways flight of the season is coming to Dubrovnik from the UK. British Airways has been one of the most important airlines for Dubrovnik’s post-Homeland War tourism boom. This year, many in Dubrovnik are eager to see the company back at the local airport.

Fight for Tourism Numbers

The main goal for this season, according to Frankovic, is getting the number of fully vaccinated people up as soon as possible. In his words, we might be facing another abrupt end to the tourism season if the vaccination numbers don’t improve. The mayor also said over 47% of the general population has had vaccinations and around 30% of people have antibodies already. This will not suffice, according to him.

As reported on N1’s official website, Frankovic ultimately stated: “By vaccinating we are keeping the economy alive and putting bread on the table of each Croatian family. I am calling upon the moral responsibility of all those involved in the business.”

Quite dramatic from Dubrovnik's mayor as the city enters July and sees the beginning of direct flights from USA. Still, considering the city streets, beaches and restaurants are still half-empty, it comes as no surprise he is getting anxious about Dubrovnik’s tourism and hospitality numbers.

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and choose your preferred language.

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

 

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Croatia Registers 70 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths

ZAGREB, 29 June, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, 70 coronavirus cases and three deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 crisis management team said on Tuesday.

There are 418 active cases, including 181 hospitalised patients, 11 of whom are on ventilators, while 3,679 persons are self-isolating.

Croatia has registered 359,736 coronavirus cases to date, including 8,205 deaths and 351,113 recoveries, 74 of which in the past 24 hours.

To date, 2,143,600 persons have been tested for the virus, including 5,506 in the past 24 hours, and 2,545,040 vaccines have been administered, with 1,482,581 persons having received one and 1,062,459 both doses.

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

 

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Croatia Reports 43 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Deaths

ZAGREB, 23 June, 2021 - Croatia has registered 43 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus crisis management team reported on Wednesday.

Currently, there are 517 active cases in the country, including 251 people who are receiving hospital treatment, with 18 of them placed on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, 359,302 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,190 have died and 350,595 have recovered, including 56 in the last 24 hours. Currently, 3,916 people are self-isolating.

A total of 2,119,459 people have been tested for COVID-19 to date, including 1,992 in the last 24 hours.

As of 22 June, 2,389,633 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, with 1,456,750 people receiving at least one dose and 932,833 receiving both doses. A total of 9,975 doses were administered on 22 June, the coronavirus crisis management team said.

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

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Croatia Registers 75 New Coronavirus Cases, 6 Deaths

ZAGREB, 22 June, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, Croatia registered 75 new cases of SARS-CoV-2, and there are currently 532 active cases in the country, while six people died as a consequence, the national COVID response team reported on Tuesday.

There are 253 hospitalised COVID patients and 16 of them are on ventilators.

Since the first case of the novel coronavirus was registered in Croatia in February last year there have been a total of 359,259 people infected with the contagion and 8,188 have died as a consequence while 350,539 have recovered.

There are currently 3,792 people in self-isolation.

To date a total of 2,117,467 tests have been conducted and 5,308 of those were conducted in the past 24 hours.

As of 21 June, 2,379,658 doses of vaccines have been administered and so far 1,455,647 people have received at least one dose and 924,011 have received both shots, a press release said.

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

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Croatia Logs 96 New COVID Cases, 8 Deaths

ZAGREB, 15 June (Hina) - In the past 24 hours, Croatia has logged 96 new COVID cases after conducting 5,924 tests, and eight infected persons have died, the national COVID response team reported on Tuesday.

Currently, there are 767 active cases in the country, including 372 hospitalised patients, of whom 28 are on ventilators, and 5,352 people are in self-isolation.

To date, there have been a total of 358,677 registered cases of the contagion, 8,160 people have died as a consequence while 349,750 have recovered.

A total of 2,086,716 people have been tested for the virus to date, including 5,924 in the past 24 hours.

As of 14 June, a total of 2,164,874 doses of vaccines have been administered, with 1,419,924 people receiving at least one dose and 744,950 people receiving both vaccine doses.

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

Monday, 14 June 2021

Marija Bubas Discusses Vaccination Rollout, AstraZeneca, EURO 2020

June the 14th, 2021 - Marija Bubas, Krunoslav Capak's assistant at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, has spoken out about the current vaccination process and even discussed the controversial topic of rewarding vaccinated people and punishing those who refuse it.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Capak's assistant Marija Bubas was a recent guest on N1 televizija/television, during which she commented on fan zones where people can sit and watch the ongoing EURO 2020 matches en masse.

"I didn't hear anyone ask these people if they were vaccinated or not. I think this is a great opportunity to introduce covid-certificates or any other acceptable evidence for participation in an event. Among the unvaccinated population, we have those who cannot receive the vaccine because they're under the age of 12, those who cannot receive the vaccine for their own individual health reasons and those who don't want to be vaccinated. Although I don’t know what they're waiting for, as there are enough vaccines. We get vaccinated to protect our health first, but also the health of those who aren't vaccinated. These fan zones are proof that people are eager to socialise and live the way they remember before the pandemic struck. But they must be aware that one of the basic tools for this is the vaccine,'' said Marija Bubas.

Marija Bubas hopes that as soon as possible, covid-certificates will be introduced at events where a larger number of people gather together.

"Everyone who isn't vaccinated is a reservoir for the spread of this disease. If you're vaccinated, in some way you prevent the spread of the disease, and of course it's guaranteed that you will not have a more severe form of the disease if you manage to catch is, you're guaranteed life because a more severe form of the disease can often be followed by death,'' said Bubas.

She stressed that there are enough vaccines in Croatia, but that we cannot yet say that we're satisfied with the number of people vaccinated.

"There really are more than enough vaccines, over 2.6 million doses have arrived in Croatia, and over 2.1 million doses have been utilised, but still not enough for us to be satisfied. 42 percent of the adult population is now vaccinated. I think we should hurry up a bit with vaccinations in all age groups. The Pfizer vaccine is registered for age 12 plus. That would be my message to parents, teenagers from 16 to 18 are also eager for a normal summer, high school graduates are eager to pass their high school graduation and then take their entrance exams, instead of taking the entrance exam in autumn because then they probably won't have access to all of the universities they might want to attend. My message to them is to get vaccinated, and don't be in two minds about it,'' said Marija Bubas.

Has a country-level decision been made about the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine?

“I'd like to answer this question because I think it was miscommunicated all the time and led to fear among the population of AstraZeneca. It's the second most used vaccine in Croatia. Fortunately, people have recognised the value of vaccination, and I hope that AstraZeneca will continue to be used as an equally valuable vaccine as any other. We want to have a normal summer, we want to have tourists on the streets, in restaurants, we want to hold cultural events… Vaccination is a prerequisite for all this,'' answered Marija Bubas.

How can we speed up the vaccination rollout? Should Croatia reward those who get vaccinated or punish those who don't?

"No. I think we just have to raise security in public spaces to an even higher level, especially because of the spread of new variants/strains in our surroundings, which are present in low numbers in our country. We can raise this level by asking for a certificate of vaccination for people to be able to participate in certain things. For what we expect from the summer, from the season, for socialising, I think that the guarantee of safety is a certificate of vaccination,'' concluded Marija Bubas.

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 centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Croatian Covid Bus to Mark Country's New Vaccine Rollout Process

June the 14th, 2021 - The Croatian covid bus doesn't quite sound like a vehicle you'd be too quick to board from the name alone, but this new way of continuing the vaccination rollout across the country is likely to do very well indeed.

The administrative processes around getting vaccinated against the novel coronavirus have caused general levels of interest to drop. In typical Croatian fashion, the registration process was mired in problems, with the cijepise platform infamously collapsing and having many question marks hanging over its head. Now people who don't have HZZO or a GP, of which there are a great many, are struggling to register to get vaccinated.

The Croatian covid bus will work to get as many people vaccinated as possible by travelling to numerous areas across the nation carrying vaccine doses and administering them there and then.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, vaccination from the Croatian covid bus is set to begin today in the continental Virovitica-Podravina County, and the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, and the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, were present at the promotion of this brand new method of vaccination.

This new method of vaccination via the Croatian covid bus in Virovitica-Podravina County will be implemented from the 14th to the 18th of June. On Monday, the June 14th, the vaccination process will be carried out in six places in that particular continental Croatian county: Stari Gradac, Otrovanec, Velika Cresnjevica, Turnasica, Spisic Bukovica and Busetina, N1 reports.

The Croatian covid bus will, as has been previously agreed, tour the areas of the counties it will remain in for a while and stay for a certain amount of time in smaller places, some of which don't have any health facilities in their area at all.

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 centres up and down the country, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

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