18:49 / 07.10.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Plenković: 78% of new cases this week are in the unvaccinated

Coronavirus en Croacia

Coronavirus en Croacia

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Croatia reported 1,748 new coronavirus infections and 8 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday. 

Hospitals are treating 823 patients, 119 of whom are on ventilators. Croatia remains in "red" on the EU's COVID map and Zagreb in "deep red".

The capital leads the country in the highest number of new cases, 388. Over the past week, Croatia saw nearly 9 thousand new cases.

"Of those 8,875 cases, 6,977, or 78.6 percent were in people who were not vaccinated," underscored Prime Minister Andrej Plenković.

Croatia has secured enough vaccine to cover its entire population but it has already donated 7 thousand doses to poorer countries under the COVAX program and plans to donate more, said Prime Minister Plenković.

Since the beginning of the school year there has been an increase in cases among children. The Pfizer vaccine has been cleared for kids ages 12 to 15.

Croatia's vaccination rate remains stagnant with only 42% of the population fully vaccinated. The figure is a bit higher, 51%, for the entire adult population.

As of Monday, all health care workers are required to have a COVID certificate or get tested regularly. Health Minister Vili Beroš said today that of the 11,500 health care workers tested this week, 41 were positive for COVID. He also said 38 health care workers refused to get tested. At the Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb, the country's largest hospital, 11 employees have been issued formal warnings they will be fired if they do not comply with COVID rules.

"I don't think right now that they should be fired, however, the have been warned. We'll see how things go," Beroš said.

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