21:50 / 24.01.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Covid cases still rising but hospitalizations are not



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Croatia reported 1,831 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, a low number that was mostly due to slow testing over the weekend. 

Monday’s count is 400 cases higher than a week ago, which does not bode well for the rest of the week. Another 44 people have died due to complications related to Covid. Hospitalizations are holding relatively steady - currently at 1,926 patients nation-wide - which public health experts say is a good sign.

"Luckily, although we are seeing an increase in cases, hospitalizations are not rising,” said Dr. Danijela Lakošeljac, an epidemiologist at the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Teaching Institute for Public Health.

She said the average number of hospital patients in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County over the past week was 109, a decline of 8.26 percent from the previous week.

Ivana Pavić Šimetin, the deputy director of the Croatian Public Health Bureau said breakthrough infections of Omicron in vaccinated people are common but result in mostly mild symptoms.

"The Omicron variant manages to get around the immune response attained through vaccination and having had COVID. Luckily, people who have already had Covid and those who are vaccinated and boosted have very mild symptoms when they do get infected. They don't get very sick and they avoid having to go to the hospital," she said.

Due to the rising number of Covid cases among children, the Croatian Public Health Bureau is introducing new guidance for kids who have come into contact with an infected individual. This is especially relevant for schools. Kids with two doses of the vaccine or those who have had Covid and have received one dose of the vaccine will not have self-isolate after coming into contact with an infected person.

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