Coronavirus vaccination (Photo: Srecko Niketic/PIXSELL) Coronavirus vaccination (Photo: Srecko Niketic/PIXSELL)

As of today, stricter epidemiological measures are in force throughout Croatia, which should reduce the high daily numbers of new infections. Indoor sports training is prohibited, a negative rapid antigen test will be recognized for entry into the country, and those who have been vaccinated against coronavirus or have a certificate that they have overcome the disease will be able to cross the border.

Nearly 70% of new cases are infected with the British strain of the coronavirus, which is spreading faster and filling hospitals. The number of patients in need of a respirator has doubled since the beginning of March.

“We have decided to reopen additional intensive care units at the Dubrava Clinical Hospital, as well as increase capacities for those with Covid-19 in the Special Hospital for Lung Diseases in Zagreb,” said Minister of Health Vili Beroš.

The City of Zagreb had the most newly infected today with 462. Split-Dalmatia County had 445 new cases, and Zagreb County had 253. Primorje-Gorski Kotar County had almost 300, and there are 3,000 active cases in the county.

With stricter measures, the fight against the virus continues with vaccination; however there are not enough doses of vaccine. How will difficulties related to the procurement of the AstraZeneca vaccine be resolved? Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that they are striving to compensate this with orders of others vaccines.

Mass vaccinations began in Osijek today. At the Gradski Vrt sports hall 600 citizens were vaccinated, as well as another 400 at the Public Health Institute. Older citizens and those with chronic illnesses were vaccinated.

Interior Minister, Davor Božinović confirmed that the National Civil Protection Headquarters will approve the requests of Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin County Headquarters' for masks to be worn outdoors in crowded places.

Ahead of the Easter holidays, epidemiologists fear a further growth in numbers and urge citizens to refrain from larger gatherings.

Source: HRT