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“After a period of noticeable decline, we are recording a slight increase in the number of newly infected,” reported the director of the Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak.

“Today we had 590 newly registered cases, from 5,429 people tested, while a week ago on February 26th there were 505 new cases from 5,071 people tested. On a weekly basis we have an increase of 15.7%,” said Capak.

Capak also commented on the possible, intervention import of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which is being tested at the European Medicines Agency.

“Soon we will receive more detailed information from the EMA regarding the progress of the process and what documentation is lacking, and then a decision will be made on how much longer we should wait for the EMA, but intervention import is always an option. We have also requested certain documentation that would then enable us to conduct intervention imports,” said Capak.

The director of the Institute of Public Health also reported on reactions to the vaccine.

“The total number of suspicions of side effects to the vaccine is 1,227 from the beginning of vaccination until today. Of that there were 71 reports regarding the Moderna vaccine, 238 regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, 916 regarding the Pfizer vaccine and 2 reports regarding an unknown producer,” noted Capak. 

With the proverbial warning that the epidemic is not over, Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, also commented on the growth in the number of new cases..

“I would like to emphasize that this slight growth on the weekly level, as well as the presence of new variants, are a daily reminder that our attitude and response to the epidemic is not even close to the end. That is something we must know,” said the Minister.

Meanwhile the Association of Croatian Fairs reacted to Krunoslav Capak's statement about fairs as spaces between “Ban Jelačić Square and parties”. The association assessed the statement of the director of the Institute of Public Health as disparaging, warning that such thinking could endanger the existence of many families. They further claim that they find it increasingly difficult to tolerate closure and that they are able to organize fairs in compliance with all epidemiological measures, and that so far there has been no exact evidence that fairs are places where the virus spreads.

Source: HRT