In Croatia, out of 5,458 people tested there were 260 new cases of coronavirus infection today. Nine people have died. Next week, mass vaccination will begin in the entire country, and in Zagreb everything is ready for the second phase, which starts tomorrow.
The number of newly infected in Dubrovnik-Neretva County is somewhat lower today - 40, of which 19 are from Konavle. Due to the worsening epidemiological situation, all Konavle schools will switch to distance learning from tomorrow, and daycare centres will be closed. The measures will last until the end of the month, said Konavle mayor Božo Lasić, adding that it can be noticed that the spread of the virus is a result of family gatherings and similar events.
About 93,000 doses of the vaccine will arrive next week, so mass vaccination will begin across the country. Of the 33,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived in Croatia, 8,000 doses were distributed in Zagreb, where the second phase of vaccination begins tomorrow. People will be able to be vaccinated at doctors of family medicine or at checkpoints provided for vaccination.
“Family medicine teams received thirty doses of vaccine, although on average each doctor has received 200 to 400 applications for vaccination,” said vaccination coordinator for the City of Zagreb Martina Anić.
“Every doctor has contacted the patient that is being vaccinated next week to tell them when and where to come, either at a vaccination station or in the office,” said Anić.
“Even family doctors,” said Martina Anić, “are not happy because they have to follow a certain order of vaccination by age groups and it is very difficult for them to determine who will receive the first 30 doses.”
“We family doctors know our patients, we know where they live, how they live, places they frequent and what they are ailing from, and then you actually see that among those who are 80 years of age, naturally there those who are sick, but there are also those who are at home, who perhaps have one chronic illness, in comparison to someone who is 50 and has a serious diagnosis, is frequently in healthcare institutions, who is in frequent contact and is much more exposed,” said Anić.
According to the latest data, 789 people are being treated in hospitals, and 72 patients are on respirators. The highest number of newly infected is in Split-Dalmatia County - 62, followed by Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the City of Zagreb with 40 each, Zagreb County had 30 new cases and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County had 20 new cases of infection.