Zagreb fears that another wave of epidemics could hit the country due to low vaccination, and like last year, the tourist season could end on August 15th.
After ten weeks of steady decline, the number of newly registered coronavirus infections in Croatia increased by 22 percent last week compared to the previous week, according to a report by the crisis team on Monday. The Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) is also dissatisfied with the vaccination rate. Epidemiologist Dijana Mayer of the HZJZ said she wanted half of the population to be vaccinated by the end of June, but the numbers are much lower. Only 35 percent of the population received the first dose of one of the vaccines, which is not enough to keep them calm and return to their old, normal lives.
Zagreb fears that another wave of epidemics could hit Croatia due to low vaccination and, like last year, the tourist season could end on August 15th.
There are still large differences in vaccination coverage across counties. Most – 46 percent of the adult population – were vaccinated in Zagreb, the capital, in Istria the figure is just over 40 percent, while in the Dalmatian counties it is much lower. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) divides Croatia into four regions: Istria belongs to Adriatic Croatia, which includes the coastline all the way to Dubrovnik. The county leadership has repeatedly asked the government to recommend monitoring by county to the ECDC because they believe they would be at a disadvantage. In Istria, I count only three active cases, while in Zadar County there are 159. According to epidemiologists, if the number of newly infected people continues to rise, Croatia may soon be removed from the list of so-called green-marked countries, and other countries from which tourists come may impose austerity measures on the coastal country. In Croatia, tourism revenues account for almost 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). Zagreb would therefore make the use of services and state aid for entrepreneurs subject to a certificate of protection in the future. This is how you want to speed up the vaccination campaign and slow down the spread of the epidemic. In the last 24 hours, 9 new infections have been identified, bringing the number of people infected with the new type of coronavirus to more than 360,000 since the outbreak began. A new patient died as a result of complications from the disease caused by the virus (Covid-19), bringing the death toll to 8,219. The hospital currently cares for 140 patients, 11 of whom are on ventilators.
In Croatia, just over four million so far, 1,508,083 people have been vaccinated, including 1,161,224 for the second dose. This is 46 percent and 34 percent of the adult population, respectively.
In neighboring Slovenia, 8 new infections were recorded on Monday, bringing the number of infected to more than 256,000 since the outbreak began. No patient has died for more than a week, leaving 4743 fatalities. Of the coronavirus patients, 58 are in hospital, 16 of them in the intensive care unit. In Slovenia, with a population of just over two million, 829,107 have been vaccinated so far, 698,372 of them are over the second dose. This is 47 percent and 40 percent of the adult population, respectively. Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in parliament on Monday called on MPs to act together to get more people vaccinated. “Only in this way can we prevent us from having to pass a law that makes vaccination mandatory for certain groups,” he said, adding that if the 70 percent vaccination rate is not reached by the end of the summer, everything will be closed for the fall.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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