In the last 24 hours, 1,810 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection detected by PCR testing and another 2,524 positive cases detected by rapid antigen testing were recorded. There are 1,610 patients in hospital, of which 113 are on respirators. 36 people have died.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 1,043,334 people infected with the new coronavirus have been recorded, of whom 14,905 died, a total of 1,008,893 recovered, of which 3,149 in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 12,357 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 4,478,083 people have been tested, of which 7,225 in the last 24 hours.
As of February 21, 2022, 5,182,858 doses of vaccine were consumed, and 56.80% of the total population and 67.57% of the adult population were vaccinated. On 21 February 2022, 2,140 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 450 were vaccinated with the first dose.
As of February 21, 2022, 2,304,984 people were vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 2,225,899 people completed vaccination (2,026,319 people vaccinated with two doses and 199,580 people vaccinated with the Jannsen vaccine), which is 65.39% of the adult population.
Will measures be relaxed?
The number of newly infected people in Croatia has been dropping for weeks, so many are wondering if measures will start to be mitigated soon. These and other issues related to the epidemiological situation were discussed on Croatian Radio’s “Choose Health" show.
“Looking at all these years how many times the virus has managed to refute the entire scientific and professional community in some things, it would be too bold to say that it is over. We are entering a calmer phase at the moment, it seems to me that this is the case,” said Alemka Markotić, director of the "Dr. Fran Mihaljević" Clinic for Infectious Diseases.
Is it time to discontinue COVID certificates?
A pulmonologist from the University Hospital Center in Zagreb, Saša Srića, emphasized that the virus can mutate, but since vaccination is low in Croatia, it is not possible to talk about the abolition of epidemiological measures. He said that COVID certificates are effective, but in Croatia the measures, including the introduction of COVID certificates, were adopted with a delay.
“As for COVID certificates, they had their meaning at the beginning, that is, the COVID certificates should have been issued earlier. Indeed, the effectiveness of COVID certificates is no longer as important as they were at the beginning, and as far as epidemiological measures are concerned, I would not rush into it, I would not touch them,” he stressed.
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