Capak: 30% Increase in Number of New Coronavirus Cases Compared to Last Week

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“There were 1,103 new cases of coronavirus in the period between Monday and Wednesday while last week there were 844 cases in the comparable period,” Capak said at a regular press conference of the national COVID-19 response team.

Currently the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 115.3 and Croatia continues to be in third place in the EU, with Finland and Denmark having a lower incidence rate.

The highest increase in the number of new cases has been registered in Dubrovnik-Neretva and Split-Dalmatia counties and Capak believes that that is because people have relaxed and socialise more.

Decision on possible relaxation of measures to depend on increase in numbers 

The head of the national COVID-19 response team, Davor Božinović, said that talks had intensified regarding the team’s decision on epidemiological restrictions after 1 March and that the increased numbers over the past five days as well as the 30% increase recorded this week would be taken into consideration.

“We still rank highly in the EU with regard to the incidence rate…. the situation is deteriorating in our eastern neighbours…” said Božinović.

If measures are to be relaxed after 1 March, they have to be accompanied by strict epidemiological rules that may come across a negative reaction but we are doing the best we can for life to get back to normal, added Božinović.

There is always the possibility that measures that have been relaxed are once again tightened, he said.

Markotić: There are probably more cases of the British strain in Croatia

There is still no information on the number of cases of the new British variant of coronavirus in Croatia but that is because sequencing being conducted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is slow, the director of Zagreb’s infectious diseases hospital,  Alemka Markotić, said, adding that in most EU countries the British variant accounts for 20 to 70% of new infections.

“We need to be aware that it is certainly present in a higher percentage and we need to be cautious,” said Markotić. 

A vaccination platform being prepared, should be uploaded in a few days

Health Minister Vili Beroš said that a platform for immunisation will be available for citizens to register for vaccination, adding that 4,000 citizens registered during a test run.

The system should be available in a few days, said Beroš.

Capak said that so far 184,076 vaccine doses had been used and that 125,771 people had been inoculated, with 58,305 having received both doses.

The HALMED medicines agency has received 991 reports of side effects, with 849 referring to the Pfizer vaccine, 52 to the Moderna vaccine and 88 to the AstraZeneca vaccine, he said.


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