January 8, 2021 – The National Civil Protection Headquarters held a press conference at 11 am on Friday, where they extended the current measures in Croatia until January 31, 2021. In the last 24 hours, 1,098 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,794. 38 people died. Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 217,946 people infected with COVID-19 have been recorded, of which 4,304 have died. A total of 207,848 have recovered, of which 1,538 in the last 24 hours. There are currently 18,277 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 1,061,953 people have been tested, of which 6,742 in the last 24 hours. “A week ago today, we had 1170 positive, 5031 tested. On 25.12, 1643 positive and 6164 tested. On 27.11, we had 4080 new cases in one day. Our current 14-day incidence rate is 351.8. We are in the middle of the EU. On November 27, 2020, we had an incidence of 974 and were ranked 26th in the EU ranking of 27 countries. The share of positive tests is falling. The total mortality rate per million inhabitants is 1032.9, which puts us in 20th place out of 27 EU countries. Until yesterday at 7 pm in Croatia, we vaccinated 24,985 people. I would especially mention SMŽ where from 27.12 until last night, nearly 3,000 people had been vaccinated, 2,957,” said Krunoslav Capak at the beginning of the conference. “We had the largest number of hospitalized on December 21 – 2956; today, there are 2251. On 19.12, we had 306 patients on ventilators, and today there are 194. On 21.12, 383 patients were admitted to hospitals, and today 215,” added Vili Beros. Current measures are being extended. “There are no grounds for any easing of measures,” said Bozinovic and pointed out that all measures are extended until January 31, 2021. “There is a sharp increase in the number of newly infected people in the European environment, so we have concluded that there are no grounds for easing the measures that are currently in force. All these measures will be extended by today’s new decisions and will remain in force until 31.1. It is a decision on the necessary epidemiological measures: a restriction on assembly, a decision on the operation of shops and on public transport. We are entering the coldest period of the year, and being indoors can affect the spread of the virus, so we must be aware of the risks,” Bozinovic said. Bozinovic responded to a question about the figures needed to relax the measures. “There are a number of factors. We have positive trends but still high numbers. We still cannot draw the line behind the consequences of increased gatherings during the holidays, but also the earthquakes. We also had to take into account the fact that the part that vacations of HUP, HGK, unions, end this weekend. From Monday we can expect more movement of people. This will increase mobility. We will talk about what to do with the continuation of the school year. We took several factors into consideration. We also revoked the decision to prohibit leaving the counties,” Bozinovic said. More soon… Source: Index.hr To read more about COVID-19 in Croatia, follow TCN’s dedicated page.


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