There were 170 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia in the last 24 hours and four people have died. 154 patients are being treated in hospitals, 12 of whom are on respirators. The National Civil Protection Headquarters continues to call on people to get vaccinated and adhere to measures, in order to remain the safest tourist destination in the Mediterranean.
Most of the newly infected people today were in Zagreb – 47, followed by the "orange" counties of Split-Dalmatia with 42, Dubrovnik-Neretva with 32, and Zadar with 30 new cases. “Although compared to the number of newly infected last Friday, when there were 176, we have a slight decline, on a weekly basis we have growth,” said the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health Krunoslav Capak.
“Last week in the first five days, from Monday to Friday, there were a total of 710 new cases, while this week, from Monday to Friday, there were 776 new cases, which is 9.3% more than last week,” said Capak.
Capak added that the delta strain of coronavirus predominates in Croatia, as shown by the results of the latest sequencing.
“128 samples were proved to have the delta strain, or 84%, so the share of the delta variant continues to grow,” noted Capak.
“Of the four dead, none were vaccinated, and all were elderly,” said Minister of Health Vili Beroš.
“Vaccination is what makes a difference. Vaccination is what contributes to an exit from this crisis and I will repeat, don't get mad at me, but with vaccination we protect ourselves and we protect the wider community,” stressed Beroš.
Minister Beroš also commented on the fact that Croatia remains orange on the new European coronavirus map.
“I'd like to say that these numbers are possibly leading us again to a champion position in tourism, however at the moment we must be champions in safety, which is what we can and must offer to our guests that come to the Republic of Croatia,” said Beroš.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters has extended measures concerning the obligatory wearing of masks in shops and public transport, and restrictions on gatherings, until August 15th.
“We have never said that we have eliminated the obligation for people to wear masks, in fact it is still in effect. Even in open spaces where people cannot maintain a distance between each other, the obligation exists,” said Krunoslav Capak.
Meanwhile children under the age of 12 do not have to have a Covid certificate when they go to gatherings with their parents, such as weddings.
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