18:40 / 18.04.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

1,565 new coronavirus cases in Croatia

Illustration (Photo: Zeljko Lukunic / PIXSELL)

Illustration (Photo: Zeljko Lukunic / PIXSELL)

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There were 1,565 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia today, and the share of positive ones among those tested was 21%. 39 people have died. More than 2,100 patients are in the hospital, of which 194 are on respirators.

The growing trend in the number of newly infected continues, and the number of patients in hospitals and on respirators is also growing.

“The causes for this are complex, several factors are involved, besides new strains that certainly cause quicker spread and perhaps quicker development of severe symptoms, there is also the contribution of failure to adhere to stipulated measures. This epidemic is lasting long and people are already tired,” said Tatjana Nemeth Blažić an epidemiologist from the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Split-Dalmatia County had the most new cases of infection today with 317, and there were 285 newly infected in Zagreb. All elementary school students, from the first to the eighth grade, and secondary school seniors are returning to classrooms in Zagreb. Only secondary school students from grades one to three will have distance learning.

“The current situation where infection with Covid-19 among Zagreb students is concerned, is very favorable, we have around 170 currently infected among a total of 100,000 students. I would note that at the time we had 950 cases, we had all students in schools, and we're talking about December last year. So now the situation is five times better than it was in December last year,” said the head of the Zagreb City Office for Education Ivica Lovrić.

Today, there were 246 new cases in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, but the number of newly infected is gradually declining. In neighboring Istria County, the situation is much more favorable, there were seven new cases. However, the number of patients in the Pula General Hospital, where 89 people are being treated for Covid, is worrying, said the head of the Istrian Civil Protection Headquarters, Dino Kozlevac.

“That is a burden to the extreme limit. I must say that the hospital is making superhuman effort to maintain a portion of the cold program, meaning services for citizens, but at the same time treat and service the department for infectious diseases, where of those 89 people, ten are in the respiratory centre,” said Kozlevac.

From tomorrow, lower grade students will return to schools in Istria County.

“I appeal to parents to not send children to school if they notice that they have any symptoms. The symptoms are colds, temperatures, or any other symptom. They should not ignore it and brush it off as a cold or a virus, but rather keep the child at home. In the same manner we have asked personnel at all levels of schools, to not go to the schools if they have any symptoms,” said Kozlevac.  

In Zadar County, on the other hand, all measures that were in force until today have been extended until May 2nd, and they refer to a ban on visits to homes for the elderly, and patrons of other institutions that provide social care services.

Source: HRT

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