Director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health Krunoslav Capak (L) Health Minister Vili Beroš (R) (Photo: Davorin Visnjic/PIXSELL) Director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health Krunoslav Capak (L) Health Minister Vili Beroš (R) (Photo: Davorin Visnjic/PIXSELL)

According to the National Civil Protection Directorate, 1 135 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. This is based on 7 713 tests conducted in that same period. The Director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, Krunoslav Capak: “If you compare the first three days of this week with the first three days of last week, the positivity rate is down by a little more than 36%. So, we have a relatively significant downward trend.”

For the first time since November 22nd, the number of people receiving treatment in hospital has dropped below two thousand, at 1 993. Of that number, 193 patients are on ventilators. 26 coronavirus-related deaths have also been reported since yesterday, while 712 people have been given a clean bill of health over the past 24 hours. Health Minister Vili Beroš: “We are witness to the fact that for the first time since November 22nd the number of hospitalized has dropped below two thousand. The number of deceased is below thirty today, which is still a big number, but less than in previous days.”

However, in spite of the positive trend the health minister said that the Zagreb Arena temporary medical facility will remain operational for the time being.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, on February 25th of last year, a total of 222 117 people have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 212 345 have since been given a clean bill of health. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths stands at 4 472. More than one million people have been tested for the virus and currently there are 18 219 people in self-isolation. More than 34 and a half thousand people have already been vaccinated for COVID-19. Next week, the vaccination program for the general public is expected to begin in Zagreb and Rijeka. This will start with citizens over the age of 65.

Source: HRT