In the last 24 hours, 448 new cases of coronavirus were registered in Croatia and 23 people have died. There are a total of 2,510 active cases in Croatia, 1,491 patients are being treated in hospitals, of which 139 are on respirators. Besides fears of a new strain of the virus, the situation with the Covid-19 is being aggravated by the slow delivery of vaccines.
Although multi-week trends are more favorable, the dynamics in reduction of the number of cases is not yet at the desired level.
“I have to say that we are still not satisfied with the drop in those numbers. They should drop below five percent, that would be an excellent situation, but I must say that at the level of Croatia, numbers are dropping, especially in certain counties, much more than in ours, but it's important that they’re dropping. As we can see, from those 24% or 25% three weeks ago, today we have come to 12.16% and it has constantly ranged from 12% to 15% in the last week.,” said the director of the Teaching Institute for Public Health in Split-Dalmatia County, Željka Karin.
Another problem is the uncertainty in the procurement of vaccines, because Croatia is waiting for promised deliveries. However, the director of the Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, and Branko Kolarić, a member of the Government Council, also assure that all persons - especially from vulnerable groups - who received the first dose of the vaccine will receive the second.
“We are now waiting for the remainder of the vaccine, and if everything goes according to the plan and program those second doses will eventually be a few days late, perhaps two or three days. So we hope we won't greatly fall behind,” confirmed Željka Karin.
Although the National Civil Protection Headquarters announced that there will be no radical easing of measures after January 31st, there are more and more speculations about which measures will remain in force in February.
Domestic epidemiologists also point out that the possible easing of measures will depend on a risk assessment regarding the appearance of a new, mutated strain of the virus.