Only 35% of Croatian Population Vaccinated as Delta Strain Spreads

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, following ten more than impressive weeks of a steady decline in the number of new infections, Croatia unfortunately now has growth of 22 percent when compared to the week before, owing to the presence of the Delta variant of the virus. The Croatian Institute of Public Health is not satisfied with the number of vaccinated people.

“Unfortunately, we aren’t satisfied with the percentage of vaccinated people we hoped to have. We all wanted to vaccinate more than 50 percent of the total Croatian population during June, but sadly our numbers in that regard are much lower. Only about 35 percent of the total Croatian population has been vaccinated, which isn’t enough for them to be calm and to be able to live according to the old normal,” said epidemiologist Dijana Mayer.

The highly contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly across Europe and will almost certainly become dominant in Croatia as well, as it has in the likes of the United Kingdom which has rightly been hailed for its enviable vaccination rollout. As a precaution, many countries are stepping up their now extremely boring epidemiological measures once again. All returnees from high-risk countries, of which neighbouring Slovenia, for example, considers about 40 to be, must once again enter a ten day self-isolation period.

The European Centre for Disease Control estimates that by the end of August, the Delta strain will account for 90 percent of all new cases of infection across the European Union. Those who haven’t been vaccinated yet, as well as younger people who perhaps are still waiting, have been warned to be careful.

According to the World Health Organisation, the Delta strain has already spread to 100 countries, HRT reports.

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