In the last seven days Croatia has recorded 1,429 new infections, or an average of 604 daily. “These are the numbers we had in mid-October and they are six times lower than they were six weeks ago,” the prime minister said at a cabinet meeting.
The 14-day incidence rate has decreased to 258 per 100,000 people, which is half the number recorded three weeks ago.
Plenković said that Croatia ranked fifth in the EU in terms of the weekly average of cases per million people, behind Greece, Finland, Bulgaria and Belgium.
He recommended caution, given the vicious nature of the virus and a new strain that has emerged.
“If the present trend continues, we will have consultations over the weekend with the national coronavirus response team, epidemiologists and the government’s team of economists to see what we can do as of 1 February, given that the existing regime is in place until 31 January,” the prime minister said.
He announced that the European Council was holding a video conference this evening, with the vaccination process as the main topic.
“It is important that we have coordinated activities of all EU member states and that we try to find solutions together so that as many doses of vaccine as possible reach the member states according to the distribution schedule,” Plenković said.
He said that efforts would be made by spring to vaccinate as many vulnerable people as possible, after which the general public would be vaccinated.