18:52 / 30.01.2022.

Author: Domagoj Ferenčić

Croatia hangs on to coronavirus measures as other EU countries begin to ease restrictions

Downtown Zagreb

Downtown Zagreb

Foto: Slaven Branislav Babić / PIXSELL

On Saturday Croatia harmonized its measures with EU recommendations, in spite of the fact that many countries, such as Austria and Spain, have already started easing measures. Ireland and Great Britain have all but completely relaxed their measures.

Croatia’s decision to continue to insist on restrictive measures comes as protests against COVID-certificates, vaccine mandates and restrictive measures are being held around the world. Among other EU countries, protests were held in Belgium and Germany on Sunday. In North America, a convoy of thousands of truckers were joined by citizens for a massive protest in Ottawa against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's COVID policies.

Meanwhile, European Union Ombudswoman Emily O'Reilly has accused the European Commission of mismanagement for failing to disclose the content of text messages exchanged between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla when the EU agreed to buy 900 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, with the option to buy another 900 million. European Commission Chief Spokesperson Eric Mamer declined to make any comment on the issue on Sunday: "We will respond to the European ombudswoman before the defined deadline. Until we do that, we will not make any statements with regard to this problem."

The number of new positive coronavirus test results in Croatia is down by about 1 400 from last Sunday, and while the Omicron variant is spreading quickly throughout the country, there continue to be fewer and fewer hospitalizations. Director of the Epidemiology Department at the Teaching Institute for Public Health in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Dr. Dobrica Rončević: "The Clinical Hospital Center in Rijeka has 111 people hospitalized of a total of 11 936 active cases, which means that hospitalizations account for less than one percent of all active cases. This indicates that this wave of the epidemic has been characterized by mild symptoms."

Meanwhile, due to a continued decline in interest among citizens for vaccination, as of February 1st the number of vaccination stations in Zagreb and some other parts of the country are being reduced. Epidemiologist at the "Dr. Andrija Štampar" Teaching Institute for Public Health, Dr. Mirjana Lana Kosanović Ličina: "Vaccination will not stop you from getting infected, but it will prevent you from getting serious symptoms. Citizens will still be able to come and get vaccinated at the Zagreb Fairgrounds, every day from Monday to Saturday. The other stations in Zagreb will be in Runjaninova, Sesvete and Prečko, also from Monday until Saturday in the afternoons."

Source: HRT

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