18:51 / 01.02.2022.


Recovering from Omicron BA.1 reduces likelihood of contracting BA.2

Downtown Zagreb

Downtown Zagreb

Foto: Slaven Branislav Babić / PIXSELL

Interest in vaccination continues to decline. As a result the number of vaccination stations in Zagreb and in other parts of the country has been reduced. However, even those that are still operational are only processing a handful of citizens per day.

The number of new positive coronavirus test results in Croatia is down by almost two thousand from last Tuesday. Epidemiologists say that there is no evidence that the new Omicron BA.2 sub-variant is more virulent than the original Omicron strain. Immunologist Zlatko Trobonjača: “The important thing is that it does not cause serious illness, and it seems that recovering from the original Omicron variant provides protection against contracting the BA.2 sub-variant.”

Parliament is set to discuss a report on the effects of the epidemiological measures against the coronavirus later this week. The report will only cover the period from September 1st to December 31st of last year. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Croatian Health Insurance Fund has spent almost three billion Kuna for testing and treatment. 850 million for the last quarter of 2021 alone. According to government's report on epidemiological measures against the coronavirus in the last quarter of last year, 1 270 reports of vaccine side effects were reported along with 11 suspected vaccine-related fatalities.

Meanwhile, as of today, Croatia has harmonized its rules for cross-border travel with the EU’s regulations. This means that cross-border travel is only allowed for people with COVID-certificates or a negative test. The certificate is valid for nine months for those who have received two doses of the vaccine, after which they will be treated as unvaccinated. For right now no time restriction has been put on COVID passports for people who have received a third dose. PCR test are now valid for 72 hours, while Rapid Antigen Tests are only be valid for 24 hours.

In the face of mounting opposition from citizens, many countries have begun withdrawing restrictions. Denmark has lifted all restrictive measures, including mask mandates and COVID-certificates. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that the coronavirus will no longer be treated as a critical threat to Danish society. For its part, Austria continues to go down what seems to be a dark path, and as of today the law on mandatory vaccination for all citizens of age is in force. In Canada the massive protest against the COVID policies of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues, while protests are happening in cities throughout Europe on an almost daily basis.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned of the tens of thousands of tons of additional medical waste that has been produced by the response to COVID-19, saying that it poses a threat to human health and the environment.

Source: HRT

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