Another seven COVID patients — all of them aged above 80 and with underlying conditions — have died in this Dalmatian county in the last 24 hours.
Currently, 198 COVID patients are receiving hospital treatment, and of them 41 are on ventilators.
Dr. Diana Nonković of the Split-based county epidemiological service said today that the authorities were braced for a further surge in COVID numbers in the next ten days due to the Omicron variant.
Nonković said that a majority of those infected with the Omicron variant are young people, however, the virus has also started spreading among higher age cohorts.
She confirmed that this was the beginning of the fifth wave, and according to the first indicators, the rate of its transmission is rather fast, which is why she expects this wave to last shorter.
The doctor called on local residents to avoid larger gatherings in January so that the county can go back to a calmer situation.
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