According to the Civil Protection Directorate, 27.2 % of the coronavirus tests conducted over the past 24 hours came back positive, resulting in 2,362 new infections. A further 29 virus-related deaths were also recorded over the same period.
Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, said the percentages of positive infections continued to rise week to week.
The percentage of positive infections among tests conducted over the past 24 hours was 27.2. The average for this week is 21.7, and the average over the past 14 days is 19.5," said Capak.
Health Minister Vili Beroš, meanwhile, says Croatia will receive an additional 747,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by the beginning of summer, making up for the shortage due to AstraZeneca's slower production and distribution.
In the second quarter, Pfizer will deliver 10 million doses to the EU which had been envisaged for delivery in the second half of the year, including 747,000 for Croatia.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said Croatia had lobbied for the 10 million additional doses to be distributed in the spirit of European solidarity so that the countries which had ordered substantial amounts of the AstraZeneca vaccine could receive more Pfizer doses to compensate for the shortages due to AstraZeneca's slow production and distribution.
In this way, the government vowed to protect the health of its citizens even more strongly and ensure a higher vaccination rate ahead of the summer tourist season.
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