21:34 / 01.10.2021.

Author: Katja Miličić

Quarantine requirement for contacts shortened to 10 days

Drive-in testiranje na koronavirus

Drive-in testiranje na koronavirus

Foto: Kristina Stedul Fabac / PIXSELL

Croatia reported 1,517 new coronavirus infections and 10 COVID-19 deaths today. Hospitals are treating 738 patients, 99 of whom are on ventilators. 

The national COVID-19 task force said on Friday that it was reducing the self-isolation requirement from 14 days to 10 for individuals who have come into contact with an individual who has tested positive for the virus. Also, kids who miss school due to any health care issue, will be required to get a quick antigen test before returning to class.

The head of the Croatian Public Health Bureau, Krunoslav Capak, said that an overwhelming majority of people in the ICU due to COVID and those who have tested positive recently had not been vaccinated.

"Over the past 7 days, 84 people have died, 65 of whom, or 77%, were not vaccinated. During this same 7 day period, we had 8,546 new cases of which 6,737, or 78%, were in people who were not vaccinated,” Capak said at Friday’s press briefing.

People with immune deficiencies and people over 65 will probably be eligible for the Pfizer booster shot after approval by the European Medicines Agency next week, said Dr. Alemka Markotić, the head of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases Dr. Fran Mihaljević.

"The European Medicines Agency is expected to come to a decision on Monday that will be announced on Tuesday. There is enough data now for the mRNA vaccines, that is the Pfizer vaccine, and the decision is likely to reflect the one adopted by the US Food and Drug Administration. The recommendation will probably be that the booster should be given to immunocompromised individuals and people over 65,” Markotić said.

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