A third case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus was confirmed in Croatia last night. It is expected that there will be more of them due to the greater contagiousness of the new variant. The number of those infected is slightly declining, there were 3,262 new cases today, but there is still a large number of deaths, 60 people in the last 24 hours.
In Croatia, Omicron has so far been confirmed in three cases. Speaking for Croatian Radio, Goranka Petrović, from the Croatian Institute of Public Health was asked whether people infected with the new variant of coronavirus were vaccinated and what symptoms they have.
“One was confirmed that has no symptoms, the first two that were tested also have mild symptoms that do not require hospital treatment. Both are vaccinated and one, prior to vaccination, already recovered from Covid,” said Petrović.
Due to suspicion that she was in contact with a person infected with the omicron variant, one person in Split-Dalmatia County is in self-isolation, confirmed the director of the County Teaching Institute for Public Health Željka Karin.
“We have a person who will remain in isolation for 14 days, and then we'll evaluate the situation," said Karin.
We still have too little information about omicron, said Dr. Bruno Baršić from the Dubrava Clinical Hospital.
“If what they report to us proves to be true, then that virus became similar to the SARS virus in 2003, which causes severe lethargy. That was one of the characteristics of the virus in the later phase that year and there are no changes on the lungs that are dominant now among our patients,” said Baršić.
Dr. Goran Tešović from the Dr. Fran Mihaljević Clinic for Infectious Diseases pointed out that there is still a large number of people in hospitals.
“We have high pressure on our ambulance service and I don't expect significant changes, especially if Omicron also becomes the dominant variant here, considering its reproduction factor or the fact that it is significantly more contagious than all others,” said Tešović.
Microbiologist Marijo Parčina from the University Hospital of Bonn commented on when the end of the pandemic is expected and if it is in sight.
“Every more serious world pandemic lasted about three years, so that we are now, let's say, at the end of the second year, meaning approximately through the next year the pandemic as such should be resolved,” said Parčina.
The Spanish flu, which until the appearance of the coronavirus, was called the mother of all pandemics, left behind at least 50 million deaths worldwide and lasted for almost two and a half years. Since the COVID 19 pandemic began, more than five million people have died so far in the world, in Croatia 11,329.
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