19:01 / 16.06.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

COVID cases continue downward trend

Public health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated

Public health officials are urging the public to get vaccinated

Foto: Dusko Jaramaz / PIXSELL

Croatia's COVID-19 cases continue their downward trend, but the coronavirus epidemic in Croatia is still not over, public health authorities said on Wednesday.

Croatia reported 146 new infections and two deaths today. The number of COVID patients in hospitals is down to 349.


Slovenia declared an end to the coronavirus epidemic there yesterday. Croatia is unlikely to follow in its neighbor's footsteps, says one of the government's COVID advisers, Ozren Polašek, "I wouldn't go as far to say it is over. We still have prevention measures in place and new cases. The idea is to declare an end to an epidemic once all prevention measures are repealed, so the end would be when the measures are lifted."


The Croatian Public Health Bureau said on Wednesday the epidemic was not over just because new infection numbers are low. Health experts continue to urge the public to get the vaccine, the most effective weapon in the fight against the virus. Zagreb is leading the country in the percentage of vaccinated adults, 40%, while Dalmatia is where the vaccination rate is lowest, only 28%.


President Zoran Milanović has also urged the public to get the vaccine, pointing out that Croatia’s death rate for COVID-19 was among the highest in the world.


"We have 2,000 deaths per 1 million residents. That's a global high. That is still lower than some other catastrophes have wrought, but, over one year, Germany had 1 thousand deaths per 1 million residents, Finland had 400 per 1 million residents, Sweden, which didn't even enact restrictions, had 1,400 deaths per million,” said Milanović.


As the tourism season draws near, some entrepreneurs have launched an on-line platform that provides information on local COVID testing locations and health care facilities. Split-Dalmatia County is the first to participate fully in the system. The information is available in multiple languages at the cro.care website.


Croatia's Public Health Bureau responded on Wednesday to media reporting that the European Medicines Agency had said that the Astra Zeneca vaccine was not recommended for people over the age of 60. The Bureau said remarks made by the EMA's COVID-19 task force leader were misinterpreted by Italy's La Stampa newspaper. Task force chief Marco Cavaleri said on Sunday that Astra Zeneca's coronavirus vaccine had a favorable risk-benefit profile for all age groups and particularly for those aged over 60.


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