18:22 / 03.07.2021.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatia’s coronavirus test positivity rate for last 24 hours below 3%

Tourists in Dubrovnik

Tourists in Dubrovnik

Foto: Grgo Jelavic / PIXSELL

The mass vaccination program continues, with more than 1.5 million people having received at least one dose of the vaccine.

114 new positive coronavirus test results have been registered in Croatia over the past 24 hours, with a test positivity rate of 2.8 percent. However, Dr. Dijana Mayer, and epidemiologist from the Croatian Institute for Public Health, warned on Saturday that in spite of the positive epidemiological situation in the country, it remains important for citizens to get vaccinated.

"If our vaccination rate doesn't grow over the summer, we can honestly expect a fourth wave of infections in the fall, maybe even in late August. The point isn't to get vaccinated so that you can to the shopping center, but to stay healthy, not get infected and spread the virus, and to finally reduce the number of newly infected to zero," Dr. Mayer said.

Meanwhile, as of today, Vukovar-Srijem County joined other Croatian counties in administering vaccinations without a previously scheduled appointment. According to Dr. Renata Begović Babić turnout exceeding expectations: "We didn't expect this kind of turn out, but we're happy that people have responded to these calls to get vaccinated. We'll be here for them as long as it takes."

Speaking for Croatian Radio on Saturday Justice and Administration Minister Ivan Malenica commented on government's plans to link coronavirus job-preservation aid to vaccination: "As a responsible government we will do everything we can to avoid a new, fourth wave of infections. Furthermore, aid is not a human or constitutional right, nor is it guaranteed in any way. In many previous cases there have been certain conditions on receiving government aid."

The proposal received a very negative reception from opposition politicians, employers and unions yesterday.

Source: HRT

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