17:01 / 24.12.2020.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Number of new coronavirus infections stagnating

Coronavirus numbers in Croatia stagnating (Photo: Marko Dimic, Igor Kralj, Dusko Jaramaz, Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

Coronavirus numbers in Croatia stagnating (Photo: Marko Dimic, Igor Kralj, Dusko Jaramaz, Zeljko Lukunic/PIXSELL)

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In the last 24 hours, Croatia has recorded about 2,300 new cases of coronavirus infection, so now we have about 15,300 active cases in Croatia. 70 people have died from the covid-19 disease or its consequences. 2,749 patients are in the hospital, of which 292 are on respirators.

The first person to be vaccinated against the coronavirus will be in the capital Zagreb on Sunday, reported the director of the Institute of Public Health Zvonimir Šostar.

“We don't know the name and last name yet, that will be determined by the director of a home for the elderly. We will vaccinate the first patient on Sunday at 11am, at the Trešnjevka Home for the elderly and disabled, in one of their facilities. We will now vaccinate patients in eleven homes that were founded and are owned by the City of Zagreb, as well as in four private homes,” said Šostar. 

There are 325 newly infected people in Zagreb.

“684 citizens were tested with antigen tests, 182 were positive. That means 26% which is good because two or two and a half weeks ago those numbers were around 50%,” said Šostar.

There are 256 new coronavirus cases in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, and the number has been stagnant for a couple of weeks, said the head county epidemiologist Dobrica Rončević.

“Now we can definitely talk about a stagnation trend. It seems as though the Rijeka Clinical Hospital Centre will also experience stagnation with a bit of a delay in comparison to the stagnation in the population in general. This is one of the main goals of all epidemiological measures, defence of the hospital system from too many patients and an eventual drop in the quality of healthcare,” said Rončević.

There are 158 COVID-positive people being treated at the Clinical Hospital Centre in Split, 14 of who are on respirators. “There will be no coronavirus tests only tomorrow on Christmas, while testing will take place on all other days,” - said the director of the County Teaching Institute Željka Karin, who also commented on the decreasing trend in new infections.

“The situation is satisfactory and we are happy of the fact that nevertheless in the last week a decreasing trend has been seen. Of that 45% positive among people tested, we have now come to between 20 and 30%. There are less requests for swabs, considering the fact that the number of newly infected has dropped,” said Karin.

In Osijek-Baranja County there were 155 new cases of infection, and there are 162 patients being treated at the Osijek Clinical Hospital Centre, which is a continued slight decline, said the director of the hospital Željko Zubčić.

“Of that 47 are on respirators, and we have a certain constant number of patients in that regard. We hope that the number of patients in the respiration centre will slowly drop in about a week or ten days. Unfortunately in the last 24 hours we had five people die at the Osijek Clinical Hospital Centre. We hope that the measures will provide results,” said Zubčić.

Zubčić hopes that the situation will be stable and that during this holiday season, doctors and medical staff will be able to take a break and partially use their vacations.

Source: HRT

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