Saturday, 12 June 2021

PM Says There's Sufficient Quantity of Vaccines, Urges Citizens to Get Vaccinated

ZAGREB, 12 June, 2021 - Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Saturday called on citizens via social networks to get vaccinated, noting that there is a sufficient quantity of vaccines and that it only takes a minute to protect one's life with vaccination and move on towards relaxation of epidemiological restrictions.

"More than 1.4 million people have received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 700,000 have been fully vaccinated. There is a sufficient quantity of vaccines and I call on everyone to get vaccinated. It only takes a minute to protect one's life by getting immunised and that is also the way to relax restrictions and have a safe season," Plenković said in a Twitter post.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Vili Beroš was in Zadar, participating in the vaccination of members of a local basketball team as well as other residents.

In the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 125 new COVID-19 cases while nine people have died, the national COVID-19 response team said earlier in the day.

There are currently 1,128 active cases in the country.

By 11 June a total of 2,087,157 doses of vaccines were administered. So far 1,401,647 people have received at least one dose while 685,510 have received both shots.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Croatia Logs 275 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 Fatalities

ZAGREB, 9 June, 2021 - In the past 24 hours Croatia has logged 275 new coronavirus cases and seven people have died as a consequence, the national COVID-19 response team reported on Wednesday.

There are 1,330 active cases in the country, including 520 hospitalised patients, 51 of whom are on ventilators.

Croatia has registered 358,061 cases of the novel coronavirus since it was first identified in the county on 25 February 2020 and 8,103 people have died as a consequence. A total of 348,628 people have recovered from the contagion, including 159 in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 6,819 people in self-isolation.

To date a total of 2,060,002 tests have been conducted and of that number, 5,970 were conducted in the past 24 hours.

By 8 June a total of 1,947,784 doses of vaccines have been administered. So far 1,357,103 people have received at least one dose while 590,681 have received both shots.

On 8 June alone, 27,128 shots were administered, the response team said.

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Croatia Reports 178 New Coronavirus Cases, 5 Deaths

ZAGREB, 8 June, 2021 - In the last 24 hours, 178 new coronavirus cases and five related deaths have been registered in Croatia, the national COVID-19 management team reported on Tuesday. 

Currently, there are 1,221 active cases, including 545 infected people receiving hospital treatment, of whom 51 are on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in the country, 357,786 people have been registered as having contracted the novel virus, of whom 8,096 have died and 348,469 have recovered, including 195 in the last 24 hours. A total of 6,954 persons are currently self-isolating.

To date, 2,054,032 people have been tested for the virus, including 6,814 in the last 24 hours.

By 7 June, 1,920,656 vaccine doses have been administered, with 1,345,741 people receiving one dose and 574,915 receiving both doses. On 7 June alone, 16,983 vaccine doses were administered.

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Croatian Vaccine Rollout Soon to be Carried Out in New Way

June the 4th, 2021 - The Croatian vaccine rollout has been picking up its pace from its rather slow and problematic beginnings earlier this year, and with the numbers remaining favourable and epidemiological situation remaining somewhat stable, a new way of vaccinating Croatia's residents has been announced.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Neda Ferencic Vrban, a specialist from Zagreb's Andrija Stampar Institute, recently commented on the situation with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the Croatian vaccine rollout at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam).

"We invited about 2,000 people for vaccination today (on the 3rd of June), we think that everyone who has been invited will be vaccinated if everything goes according to plan as it has been over recent days," said Neda Ferencic Vrban, who vaccinates people herself at the aforementioned Zagreb location, writes N1.

Commenting on where the people were being invited to for their vaccinations, she said: “We don't have public calls, those people were referred for vaccination against the novel coronavirus by their GPs and through the Cijepi Se platform. A public call will come soon because we've set a goal to get 50 percent of the adult population vaccinated, so it will only be a mere matter of days before the public call is sent out and then there'll be no need to apply, people can just turn up, especially after these quantities [of the vaccine] have arrived,''

They currently don't have AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer is now being used for both doses in the Croatian vaccine rollout, she pointed out.

Speaking about giving people different doses, she said: “So far, we don't have any recommendations from the CNIPH in regard to mixing doses with different vaccines. As long as the instructions are that both doses must match from the same manufacturer, we'll continue to do it that way.''

When it comes to the topic of the vaccination of minors, she said: "The recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health have arrived with regard to research and the recommendation is for children aged 12 to 16 to be vaccinated with Pfizer, and first of all that will involve vulnerable groups who have existing conditions which would worsen if they became infected.''

Commenting on the rapidly approaching tourist season and the Croatian vaccine rollout's relation to it, she said: “The recommendation is vaccination, responsibility towards oneself and to others. Only vaccination will finally take us out of the pandemic and let us return to our normal way of living.''

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Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Croatia Registers 538 New Coronavirus Cases, 21 Deaths

ZAGREB, 26 May, 2021 - In the past 24 hours, Croatia has registered 538 new coronavirus cases and 21 related deaths, the national COVID-19 response team reported on Wednesday.

That number is a little higher than yesterday, when there were 323 new cases and 21 deaths.

There are currently 3,112 active cases in the country and 1,034 hospitalised patients, 102 of whom are on ventilators.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of the novel coronavirus was detected in the country, there have been 354,921 registered cases of the contagion and 7,971 fatalities.

A total of 343,838 people have recovered, 424 of them in the past 24 hours.

There are currently 12,360 people in self-isolation.

A total of 1,988,226 people have been tested for COVID-19, including 6,830 in the past 24 hours.

As at 25 May, 1,608,291 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, with 1,197,164 people having received at least one dose and 411,127 having received both shots.

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Thursday, 20 May 2021

HZJZ: One in Three Adults Vaccinated

ZAGREB, 20 May 2021 - As of today, every third adult in Croatia has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, 19 May, 43,890 doses of the vaccine were used, and the number of persons that have received at least one dose reached 1,109,161, which is 27% of the population or 33% of the adult population, while 341,008 persons have received both doses.

According to data from the eCijepih platform, as of 20 May, every third adult in Croatia has been vaccinated, which is a big step forward compared to early May, when on 1 May every fifth adult citizen of Croatia had been vaccinated, the HZJZ said.

First dose vaccine coverage is highest in Zagreb, 31% of the total population or 37.6% of the adult population, and second dose vaccine coverage is highest in Sisak-Moslavina County, 12% of the population or 14.4% of adults.

"These are encouraging data that give us reason for optimism when it comes to meeting the goal of vaccinating over a half of Croatia's adult population by the end of June. Vaccination is going according to plan, the epidemiological situation is better than in previous weeks and this is certainly good news, especially in the context of the upcoming tourist season," said HZJZ deputy director Ivana Pavić Šimetin.

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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Number of People Vaccinated Has Surpassed One Million, Says PM

ZAGREB, 15 May 2021 - The number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in Croatia has surpassed one million today, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković tweeted on Friday, calling on all citizens to be vaccinated so that the pandemic could end.

He thanked healthcare workers, the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the Health Ministry and all services "who are working daily on the implementation of the vaccination plan," he said.

"I call on everyone to be vaccinated as it's the safest and fastest way to end the pandemic," he added.

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

No More AstraZeneca in Croatia as of Summer as EU Contract Expires

May the 13th, 2021 - There will be no more AstraZeneca in Croatia as of summer, more precisely as of next month, as the contract between the European Union (EU) and AstraZeneca is set to expire. Here are what those who have received their first dose of AstraZeneca in Croatia need to do in order to get their second one.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, after June 2021, the European Union's contract with AstraZeneca will expire and there will be no new orders for these vaccines until further notice, European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton recently revealed.

There will, however, continue to be enough doses of this vaccine for those who have to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca in Croatia, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, assured on Monday. The answer from the Croatian Institute of Public Health says that despite the expiration of the EU's contract with AstraZeneca looming, all 2.7 million doses of this vaccine ordered last year will arrive in Croatia as normal and at intervals.

This was also confirmed by Croatian Health Minister Vili Beros, 24sata reports.

"Through the joint procurement of the European Commission (EC), a total of 2.705 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were ordered for Croatia, and this agreement is still in force. In case of possible changes, we'll be sure to inform the public following the decision of the European Commission,'' Beros explained when conveying the information he received on the topic of AstraZeneca in Croatia.

There should be no problems for anyone needing their second dose of AstraZeneca in Croatia, because the country has used only 258 thousand of the 460 thousand doses of this vaccine received so far.

The director of the Andrija Stampar Institute, Zvonimir Sostar, added that 21 thousand additional doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive in Croatia this week and he believes that enough will still be found for all those requiring their second dose.

On Monday, he says, fewer people came to the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) for their first dose of vaccination against the novel coronavirus than were invited. He has stated that he believes that this is precisely because of the unpopularity of this particular vaccine and that owing to that, enough of it will be left to provide people with their second dose when that time comes.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Zagreb AstraZeneca Stocks Used as Vaccination Pace Picks Up

May the 10th, 2021 - Those of us who live in the City of Zagreb have obviously not been too fussed by the often less than positive reports about AstraZeneca side effects, be they exaggerated or not, as the Zagreb AstraZeneca doses are used up on residents.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, more of Zagreb's citizens were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine than with Pfizer according to the director of the Dr. Andrija Stampar Institute, Zvonimir Sostar, as Zagreb AstraZeneca vaccines dry up. At the level of the whole of the Republic of Croatia, things are the other way around. Although Croatia ordered far more AstraZeneca vaccines, much more money was spent on Pfizer. More than 600,000 doses of Pfizer were used, nearly 300,000 AstraZeneca vaccines were administered, with the rest being Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

A total of 1.1 million doses were used, of which the first dose was received by 617,000 people, with 250,000 receiving both doses. This means that in the whole of Croatia, only about five percent of the population has been immunised so far, and another 344,494 people have officially been recorded as having become unwell with the novel coronavirus, which is almost nine percent of the population, 24sata writes. There hasn't yet been any sort of officiall made study that says how many people have actually acquired immunity to the virus by contracting it and recovering, but that number is certainly higher than the official one would lead us to believe.

Larger quantities of vaccines should arrive in Croatia this week than were arriving before, and the government's plan is that at least 55 percent of the adult population will be vaccinated by the time summer rolls around. A new daily "record" of vaccination was set on Saturday - with more than 53,000 people getting the vaccine. According to Sostar, Zagreb itself has the capacity to vaccinate 11,000 people a day - at the Zagreb Fair (Zagrebacki Velesajam) and in three other similar halls, which will be opened over the coming days precisely for this purpose. Zagreb is home to almost 30 percent of the vaccinated population of the entire country, which is currently the highest in Croatia, Sostar added.

In the 70,000 AstraZeneca doses consumed, he said, there were no serious side effects reported. So far, 2982 reports of suspected side effects of various coronavirus vaccines have been received throughout Croatia, of which 1452 refer to Pfizer, 1292 refer to AstraZeneca, and 235 refer to Moderna. 19 percent of these reports were considered serious, but there have been no confirmed deaths due to any of the coronavirus vaccines currently in use.

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Friday, 7 May 2021

Highlights of the Week: 5 Big Events in Croatia from May 3-9, 2021

May 7, 2021 - TCN's regular retrospect of Highlights of the week, through the selection of TCN's reporter Ivor Kruljac. 

President Milanović loved by locals in Plaški. Firefighters quickly reacted to the fire in Zagreb recycle yard. Pula celebrated its liberation while Šibenik received new doses of coronavirus vaccines. Dinamo and Hajduk end their match in a tie. Overall another interesting week in Croatia, and here are more details on all highlights.

 Highlights of the week: President Milanović loved in Plaški county

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Croatian president Zoran Milanović visited Plaški county near Ogulin on Tuesday to visit the newly-build Firefighter's home and Plaški Culture Home. The locals welcomed president Milanović with ovations, and many use the opportunity to handshake and take a photo with the president. As Večernji List reports, Milanović took the visit as an opportunity to comment on the hate speech incident at Borovo Selo. He stated that the President of Serbian National Council Milorad Pupovac and Croatian Prime Minister „should use the police, but they don't, they are causing incidents.

Highlights of the Week: Pula celebrating its liberation in WW2

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Pula celebrated its annual liberation day and the Pula City Day, marked on May 5. In Tito's park, the traditional commemoration to the fallen WW2 soldiers of Tito's partisan army saw Tiziano Sošić (president of Pula City Council), Elena Puh Belci (vice mayor of Pula), Aleksandar Matić (chief of the City of Pula Office) and Fabrizio Radin (vice-county ruler of Istria county) paid their respects. Representatives of associations of anti-fascist fighters and anti-fascist of the city of Pula were present too. 

 Highlights of the Week: Dinamo and Hajduk end with an even score 1:1

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Hajduk and Dinamo's eternal opponents played another game at Hajduk's home of Poljud Stadium in Split on Wednesday. The match was the 22nd round in Croatian First League, and fans couldn't wait for it as the game was postponed.

Hajduk opened the match well and had a chance to take the lead in the first 20 seconds. Kačaniklić received an excellent long ball and ran on the right side. He rushed into the penalty area and shot diagonally, but Livaković came out and closed his corner. Dinamo improved and took the lead in the 16th minute with a goal by Majer, and Livaja returned the favor in the 44th minute. Diamantakos hit the crossbar in the final minutes of the match but without success.

After three victories in the previous three clashes with Hajduk this season, Dinamo failed to achieve maximum performance and almost mathematically secured the title but entered the last four rounds with a seven-point advantage over Osijek. The fail happened despite Dinamo facing Hajduk with the strongest possible lineup.  

Highlights of the Week: Vaccination in Šibenik continues successfully

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Larger quantities of vaccines came to Šibenik on Friday, allowing vaccination in Baldeki Sports Hall to go without problems for the second day in the row. The vaccination attracts a number of citizens, so the area got quite crowded.

Highlights of the Week: Recycling yard in Zagreb on fire, reasons unclear

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Zagreb's recycling yard, located on Sarajevska Cesta in Novi Zagreb, was victimized by fire but quickly localized and put under control on Tuesday. The fire caught four containers, and 21 firefighters with six fire trucks rushed to the field. Police investigated the cause of the fire, but the reason is, for the moment, unknown. Firefighters managed to operate despite the lack of hydrants, and the thick white smoke was noticed by citizens who live in the buildings close to the yard, reported Večernji List. 

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