Croatian Hospitals Prepare Themselves as Coronavirus Infections Climb

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, it was recently reported that just 31 percent of the population in Split-Dalmatia County have been vaccinated with two doses of the vaccine against COVID-19, making it the worst county in all of Croatia. This means that out of about 450 thousand inhabitants of this county, only about 150 thousand of them have been vaccinated, while 300 thousand of them, for whatever reason, haven’t.

”It’s a real shame and those are extremely poor numbers. I have nothing more to say, I’ve been “blunt” for more than a year now when saying that people should and must be vaccinated, but people obviously don’t have enough understanding of that appeal. Whatever people say and no matter how much they convince people that they have to be vaccinated, they constantly think someone is trying to lie to them or do harm to them. And, believe me, I personally know quite a few of them who are now in Croatian hospitals, in a serious condition and now they strongly regret that they didn’t get vaccinated. But when a man ends up in the hospital, then it’s too late for him, by that point, he’s got nothing to do but try to think about how he can remain alive,” stated prof. dr. sc. Zlatko Trobonjaca, an immunologist from the University of Rijeka.

The newer Delta strain of the novel coronavirus spreads much more efficiently and quickly, it is much more contagious than previous variants.

”That’s why I expect that in fifteen to twenty days there will be chaos going on in Croatian hospitals. If we know that hospitals are ”behind” with those hospitalised with COVID-19, as those infected and needing urgent care usually arrive two to three weeks after having been initially infected, it should be very clear to you what awaits us soon.

Currently, those in Croatian hospitals with COVID-19 arrived when the number of total infected in Croatia was much lower than these numbers have been over more recent days. Recently, we’ve had more than four thousand people infected a day, and the more infected there are, the more hospitalised people there will be. The National Civil Protection Directorate knows that in two to three weeks, there’s going to be a huge blow to Croatian hospitals,” warned Trobonjaca.

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