17:20 / 25.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Number of coronavirus infections remains high

Covid testing

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There were about 16,700 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia today - more than 8,400 were detected through PCR tests and about 8,300 through rapid antigenic tests. 51 more people have died. Citizens' interest in vaccination remains low. Today, the European Union is adopting new rules regarding the European coronavirus map. 

The share of positives among those tested is still high in Split-Dalmatia County. Out of 2,600 samples, PCR tests confirmed almost 1,500 new cases of infection. Eight people have died, said the director of the County Teaching Institute for Public Health, Željka Karin.

“These are mainly older people with comorbidities; however we also unfortunately have younger age groups. It should be said that every lost life is a lost life, and these older people should not die from Covid, they should get vaccinated,” said Karin.

There are more than a hundred Covid patients in the Rijeka Clinical Hospital Centre, and three people have died. In Rijeka, PCR testing at the Teaching Institute for Public Health in Mlaka has been extended today and tomorrow until 6 pm, in order to isolate the infected as soon as possible, said the director of the institute Vladimir Mićović.

“There are constant crowds, from the morning when we begin at 7:30 until 6:00 in the evening. The number of newly infected continues to grow significantly; there is also a big number of newly infected among children,” said Mićović.

And at the Doctor Andrija Štampar Teaching Institute of Public Health and the Zagreb Fair, one and a half thousand citizens are tested every day, said the Department head Mirjana Šimić.

“If an antigen tests gives a positive result at this intensive time of the pandemic, then the person is truly positive and it doesn't need to be confirmed with a PCR test,” said Šimić.

“At this moment about 15 schools in the city of Zagreb have gone over to the C model, precisely because in those schools there was a more significant worsening of the epidemiological situation and they were given a recommendation. However that is not our desire or goal,” said Tatjana Petričević Vidović, the head of the School and Adolescent Medicine Service at the Teaching Institute for Public Health, when commenting on the situation in Zagreb's schools.

Today, the European Union is setting new rules according to which member states will be classified in certain categories of colors on the so-called European coronavirus map.

“According to this, freedom of movement will be regulated within the European Union and this is very interesting to us as a member state, but also as a tourist country ahead of the coming tourist season,” said Interior Minister Davor Božinović.

Source: HRT

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