18:40 / 06.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Record 9,085 new coronavirus infections in Croatia

The coronavirus

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As was feared, Croatia had a new record in the number of newly infected today with 9,058. 1,824 people are being treated in hospitals, 244 of them are on respirators. 33 more people have died.

Of the nearly 20,000 people tested, 45% were positive. The highest number of infected people was in the city of Zagreb with more 2,100; this is followed by Split-Dalmatia County with more than 800 new infections and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County with 1,200 new cases of coronavirus.

"Today's record is the result of gatherings and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the virus, and in the next few days the numbers could be even higher," said Dijana Mayer, an epidemiologist at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, adding that there is a lot of "pressure" from people who want to get tested.

“We ask people for patience, it is not necessary to come immediately the next day, the wait is two to three days. We all need patience and we need to endure this next wave,” said Mayer.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković reiterated that caution should be exercised because Omicron is a variant that spreads faster, noting that we can only protect ourselves from the virus through a combination of measures, the first being vaccination and the second personal responsibility.

Epidemiologist Dijana Mayer also pointed out that personal responsibility includes existing epidemiological measures.

“Wearing masks properly, maintaining a distance, airing out rooms, personal hygiene, and for those who haven't been vaccinated to go and get vaccinated, for those who have been vaccinated with two doses, if enough time has passed from the second dose, to come and get the booster dose,” noted Mayer.

Due to the accelerated spread of Omicron, the Institute of Public Health has changed the rules on self-isolation.

Due to the sudden deterioration of the epidemiological situation, new measures are being considered by the National Civil Protection Headquarters.

Source: HRT

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