As could be expected, all of Croatia is now red on the ECDC coronavirus map. Numbers are a little lower today than they were yesterday, but they are still cause for concern. There were 941 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia today. Of the 554 patients in hospitals, 58 are on respirators. 10 people have died. Minister of Health Vili Beroš reported that an increasing number of young people are ending up respirators due to the more contagious delta variant of the virus.
"A tourist season that was above expectations is behind us, and a change in the status of the entire country on the new coronavirus map was expected news," said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.
“According to the ECDC map, after being orange, or green in certain counties, for the entire summer period, Croatia is today red. That is due to an expected growth in the number of infected people and incidence that is measured for these maps,” said the Prime Minister.
“In the past two weeks, we have seen an increase in new cases in all counties,” said Minister of Health Vili Beroš, explaining that the delta strain is more aggressive, which is why younger people need respiratory help.
“94% of people on respirators are still not vaccinated. Also, in relation to the third wave, the average age of people in hospital is lower by six years. The average age of people on respirators has dropped from 69 to 64 years of age, meaning by five years,” said Minister Beroš.
Beroš considers unvaccinated people to be directly responsible for the increase in the number of infected people and the burden on the hospital system. He therefore repeated a call for vaccination, and stated that the cost to the state budget for the fight against the coronavirus grows every day and has so far costed 3.57 billion kuna.
Meanwhile the director of the Zagreb Teaching Institute for Public Health Zvonimir Šostar noted that people not reporting contacts are also contributing to the spread of the virus.
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