Epidemiologist Iva Pem Novosel: Delta Strain in 3 Croatian Counties

Lauren Simmonds

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Vaccination and warmer temperatures (okay, boiling hot temperatures if we’re being honest) might have swayed the infection rate for the better, with numbers falling and COVID hospitals returning to normality, but the fast-spreading Delta variant of the novel coronavirus has now been detected and confirmed in three Croatian counties.

As the vaccination rollout continues across the country, Europe and the rest of the world, the ongoing pandemic is still throwing spanners in the works for many. New variants which have the potential to be more resistant to the current vaccines we have on hand are represent a current threat, and as borders begin to slowly open up and anti-epidemic measures ease, it’s difficult to say what the outcome could be in the eyes of some.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian epidemiologist Iva Pem Novosel from the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Deputy Director of the Dr. Andrija Stampar Institite, Sandra Sikic, chief Zadar epidemiologist Alan Medic and AKD sales director Adela Jelinek Biscan recently spoke on Croatian Radio.

Iva Pem Novosel said that the British coronavirus strain detected back in December 2020 is still responsible for the most infections detected across Croatia: last week, 207 samples were sequenced, of which 165 or about 80 percent were confirmed to be the Alpha or so-called British strain of the novel coronavirus, while 26 are the Delta variant.

Iva Pem Novosel said that the most cases of Delta strain were recorded in Dalmatia, more precisely in Sibenik-Knin County – with 19 positive cases seeing the strain responsible, then six in Medjimurje and one case in Zagreb.

Zadar epidemiologist Alan Medic said that the Delta strain is most likely present down in Zadar County as well, but it is yet to be confirmed.

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