21:37 / 14.01.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Fifth wave of the pandemic hitting southern Croatia hardest

Split Clinical Hospital is still under immense pressure

Split Clinical Hospital is still under immense pressure

Foto: Dnevnik/IMS/HTV / HRT

Croatia reported 8,555 new COVID-19 infections on Friday. 

Hospitals are treating 1,710 patients, 205 of whom are on ventilators. Another 32 people have died.


In Split-Dalmatia County, Friday’s case numbers were about as high as on Thursday. The county reported 1,400 new cases and a whopping test positivity rate of 60%. Hospitals are treating 215 Covid patients, 75% of whom are unvaccinated. Dr. Julije Meštrović, the chief administrator at Clinical Hospital Center Split says staff are struggling to treat patients.


"This is a huge burden, especially on our staff, our nurses in particular. Keep in mind that that right now, as we are taking, and tonight, tomorrow, and the next day, someone is doing this job, someone is on call, working overtime, going above and beyond the call of duty, and they have been doing it for nearly two years," Dr. Meštrović said.


Primorje-Gorski Kotar County has one of the highest rates of vaccination in the country. However, COVID testing centers everywhere but Rijeka have testing wait times of up to a week and the county is reporting high numbers of new infections. Public health officials believe this is related to Omicron, which is highly contagious but tends to be relatively mild in vaccinated individuals.


"We still haven't reached the peak of this fifth wave of the pandemic which is being fueled by the highly contagious Omicron variant. The good news is that hospitalizations are declining. We have 10 fewer patients than yesterday, 107 and only 5 are on ventilators,” said Dr. Vladimir Mičović, the director of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Teaching Institute for Public Health.


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