18:24 / 09.02.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Coronavirus numbers continue to decline

Cafe in Zagreb

Cafe in Zagreb

Foto: Slaven Branislav Babic / PIXSELL

According to the National Civil Protection Directorate, 3 988 fewer positive coronavirus test results were registered in Croatia today, when compared to last Wednesday. Hospitalizations around the country are also in a downward trend.

According to the Superintendent of the University Hospital Center Zagreb, Dr. Ante Čorušić, the strain on nurses and doctors is also slowly being alleviated: “What's encouraging is that the number of our employees out due to illness or self-isolation is getting smaller and smaller. Two weeks ago we 424 people out of action, and now there are less than 200. So, the pandemic, I hope, is slowly stagnating.”

Meanwhile, according to data from the Croatian Institute for Public Health, there are currently between 50 and 60 thousand re-infected people in the country, meaning infections among people who have been fully vaccinated. With many previously taboo issues, such as the fact that vaccinated people can get infected and spread the virus, coming to light, there has been growing public discussion about the logic of restricting the freedom of movement of Croatian citizens through COVID-certificates.

Just two days ago, the director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said that Croatia is considering the partial abolition of COVID-certificates, only to be contradicted by Deputy Prime Minister, Interior Minister and the head of the National Civil Protection Directorate, Davor Božinović, who insisted that COVID-certificates will not be withdrawn anytime soon. Interestingly, Denmark, which, when compared to Croatia, is seeing a massive spike in new cases, has abolished all coronavirus restrictions.

The first shipment of antigen tests for students has arrived at the Civil Protection Directorate's warehouse in Jastrebarsko, and is being distributed to regional centers for delivery to schools throughout the country. Speaking for Croatian Radio today, Science and Education Minister Radovan Fuchs said that testing in schools is expected to begin next week and that testing will last for one month: “This is not a step towards mandatory testing, and it definitely will not be used as an excuse to introduce the vaccinating of children in schools.”

Source: HRT

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