21:31 / 06.09.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

COVID-19: Hospitalizations rise for sixth consecutive day

Hospitalizations are rising but interest in the vaccine continues to slow

Hospitalizations are rising but interest in the vaccine continues to slow

Foto: Zorana Jevtic / Reuters

Croatia reported 184 new coronavirus cases and five COVID-19 deaths on Monday. 

Case numbers are low because of slow testing over the weekend. A better indicator of the situation is the fact that hospitalizations have been ticking up steadily for six days straight. Hospitals are currently treating 518 patients and 57 of them are on ventilators.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Croatia has performed 2,597,124 tests for SARS-CoV-2. In the past 24 hours, health care workers tested 3,492 individuals. Close to 7,000 people are in self-isolation due to exposure to an infected individual.

The new school year started on Monday for 460 thousand elementary and high school students in Croatia. They are starting the year with in person classes and hoping it will stay that way. Masking is no required for lower elementary school grades but older kids will have to mask up whenever proper physical distancing cannot be maintained. Ivana Pavić Šimetin, the deputy head of the Croatian Public Health Bureau, told HRT that COVID prevention guidance for this academic year is similar to last year's.

"Over the last school year, the data we collected showed that the virus was not spreading uncontrollably in classrooms. For every student who tested positive, there was usually one other positive student and perhaps a few more, at most. Very often, the positive student was the only one in the class and the virus did not keep spreading," said Pavić Šimetin.

She underscored that the most important rule was that any student showing signs of illness should stay home.

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