Wednesday, 02 December 2020

In the last 24 hours, 3,539 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in Croatia, and 55 people died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Wednesday.

The number of active cases today is a total of 22,610. There are currently 2,408 people in hospital, of which 252 are on a respirator.

Unfortunately, a further 55 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, 134,881 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 1,916 have died.

A total of 110,355 people recovered, of which 2,124 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 52,079 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 769,091 people have been tested, of which 10,077 in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 87 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (of which 59 cases were determined by rapid antigen testing).

These new cases include - 30 people from Metković, 21 from Dubrovnik, 12 from the borough of Župa, six from Konavle (of which one is an employee of the Home for the Elderly Konavle), five from Ploče, three from Kula Norinska and Opuzen, two from Blato, one person from Dubrovacko Primorje, Korčula, Slivno and Vela Luka and one person who does not reside in the county.

A total of 46 males and 41 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was found for 42 individuals.

On a positive note 33 people have made a full recovery - 14 from Metković, seven from Dubrovnik, two from Blato, Konavle, Korčula, from Mljet and Vela Luka, and one person each from Kula Norinska and Ploče.

55 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, three patients are on invasive ventilation, two patients are on non-invasive ventilation.

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Dubrovnik a total of 44 people have passed away due to the virus.

In the last 24 hours, 328 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 25,721 samples have been analysed, which is around 21 percent of the population of the county.

There are 1,149 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded. In total 3,064 people have contracted the virus since the pandemic began.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

 

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We are officially in season to start decorating our beloved Christmas trees! But if you’re lacking in space or struggling to find the perfect gift for a significant other, an alternative is to look into houseplants.

With plant inspiration blooming everywhere on social media, MyJobQuote.co.uk scoured Instagram to find the most popular festive houseplants.

The results are as follows - 

Amaryllises take the lead as the most popular festive plant with a massive 559,159 Instagram posts. This flower is popular at Christmas due to its show-stopping blooms and low maintenance care - a convenient gift for busybodies!

In second place are poinsettias with 465,792 Instagram posts dedicated to the plant. Native to Central America, they are well known for their green and red foliage making them a merry festive flower. They require sunlight to survive and so are best left in areas with natural light as they get confused with artificial light.

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Poinsettias - Jet Cat Studio / Shutterstock

Third place goes to the iconic snowdrop - the flower has 396,394 posts on Instagram. Although typically found in spring, snowdrops can start growing in autumn and become beautiful decorative Christmas pieces. The flower symbolises purity and the ability to overcome challenges - the perfect household plant for the eventful year we’ve all had!

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Snowdrops - Tsekhmister / Shutterstock

Kalanchoes, an evergreen plant, rank fourth with 388,330 Instagram posts. These succulents are a common household plant which grow into beautiful red, gold, pink and yellow flowers to be admired by your family, friends and even social media.

In fifth are pansies with 246,506 Instagram posts. Pansies usually start blooming during autumn and thrive until spring, making it an ideal long-lasting present. They come in a variety of colours, with their red flowers a shade as deep as rubies - they’re sure to evoke Christmas romanticism!

Cyclamens (222,031) and Christmas cacti (167,536) rank sixth and seventh respectively. Their bright and colourful flowers also make them a classic Christmas houseplant and gift.

Other notable festive houseplants which made the top 10 are - 

8. Phalaenopsis orchid - 146,970 Instagram posts

9. Hellebore - 84,927 Instagram posts

10. Christmas rose - 70,268 Instagram posts

Methodology - 

MyJobQuote.co.uk collated “festive plants” lists online. Once the list was complete, MyJobQuote then used Instagram to analyse each plant’s popularity based on the number of hashtags made, including similar variations. The top 20 plants were then ranked based on the number of hashtags they had on the photo-sharing app, to determine which is the most popular. All data was collected on 30/11/2020 and is accurate as of then.

 

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Damir Trut, the Deputy of Davor Božinović, the Chief of the National Staff, was a guest on HRT television and he answered questions on the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Croatia. He started by announcing that now Croatian citizens also need a negative PCR test to enter Croatia which is not older than 48 hours.

Majority of population adhering to new Covid-19 measures 

Commenting on the new measures that the government recently put in place to slow down the spread of Covid-19 in Croatia, and after the number of new cases rose significantly Trut said that “My objective opinion is that the situation is good, orderly in terms of compliance with the new measures. The vast majority of our population is adhering to the measures.”

Yesterday the government announced that the penalty for not wearing a face mask where required is 500 Kuna. You’ll also be fined 500 Kuna if you wear your face mask under your nose.

111,000 Covid-19 inspections in 8 months 

And when asked if there had been many violations of the Covid-19 measures across the country since the outbreak began he answered “In eight months, the inspectors made 111,000 inspections, that's a really relevant number and they issued a hundred or so misdemeanour warrants. Violations will always happen, but the inspectors have been warning people first. The vast majority of people correct the mistake immediately, but if it happens repeatedly, then there is punishment, said Trut.

Stricter rules for shopping centres across Croatia 

He also commented on the crowds in shopping malls on Black Friday, primarily in the hallways of shopping malls.

"On Friday, these new regulations were not valid yet, however some other frameworks were valid. Since Saturday, the civil protection units have been in shopping malls, we have given a priority order to visit shopping malls, to talk to shopping mall and store operators, to make procedures and protocols. Now you can see that in front of the entrance to the shopping centre there is a security guard who counts the number of people entering and exiting and in some way organizes so that there are not too many people inside,” commented Trut.

He reiterated that there can be a maximum of 25 people in churches, regardless of the size of the church. And warned that 25 meant people inside the church. "It's inside the church. If they're outside, it doesn't count as church space," he said.

 

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Drive-in cinema at the upper parking lot in Radeljevic will start working on December 3rd. Two movies will be shown every night.

Two people in one car can watch the movie and the capacity of the drive-in cinema is 35 cars per projection, arranged so that anyone can get out of the parking lot at any time. Given the cold weather, visitors don’t have to worry about having to keep the windows open because they will be able to listen to the movie via their in-car radios that will be adjusted to the temporary radio frequency.

Drive in opens on Thursday, December 3rd at 6 pm with the family animated comedy Trolls, a smart and fun adventure with great music credited to Justin Timberlake. At 8 pm the program continues with the excellent black comedy Freaky.

The first week also brings the following family titles: Grinch, A Christmas Carol, Goonies, My Brother Hunts Dinosaur, La la land, Shine in the Grass, My Name is Baghdad, an excellent current Italian drama The Most Beautiful Year and more. You can find a detailed program at www.kinematografi.org.

Although tickets can be purchased on the spot, the organizers kindly ask everybody to buy tickets, if possible, for their own and other people's health safety via the website www.ulaznice.hr. All visitors who will need to get out of the car before, during or after the screening must have a protective mask.

 

The truck load of mandarins that set off yesterday from Dubrovnik arrived in Vukovar today. Accompanied by the deputy prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Žaklina Marević, the truck full of mandarins arrived in Vukovar on Tuesday in front of Diocesan Caritas.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County has been donating a truck of Neretva fruit to the sister Vukovar-Srijem County as a Christmas present for years.

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“We came this time with a slightly larger quantity, 16 tons of mandarins to be exact. You know that we donate ten tons every year, and our partner, one purchase centre from Opuzen donated the rest. We are proud to come here every year to show how important Vukovar is to us and how good and positive the relations between our two counties are,” stated Marević.

Vukovar-Srijem County Prefect Božo Galić also emphasized that the good relations between our two counties have lasted for years through economic, cultural and, above all, friendly cooperation.

“I thank you for this gift for our Caritas, which is a sign of strong mutual support of each other," concluded Prefect Galić.

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In the last 24 hours, 2,900 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 21,250.

There are currently 2,351 people in hospital across the country and 245 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours a further 75 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 131,342 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 1,861 have died, a total of 108,231 people have recovered, of which 3,032 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 46,830 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 759,014 people have been tested, of which 9,668 in the last 24 hours.

 

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The Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who is in isolation due being positive to Covid-19, held a video link meeting with ministers this morning.

“Today we have 2,900 new cases of Covid-19 and 75 of our fellow citizens have died," said Minister of Health, Vili Beros. He added that there were 506 new cases in Zagreb, and 417 in the Split-Dalmatia County.

Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, said the new figures were not good, especially the number of hospitalized, deceased and those on ventilators.

"With the new measures, we tried to limit the number of contacts very significantly through measures related to people gathering. In parallel with the adoption of these measures, we are working intensively to increase the number of tests and PCR, and we have introduced the possibility of rapid antigen testing, it is extremely important to discover people positive for Covid-19 as soon as possible,” said Capak.

Capak also mentioned vaccination as the light at the end of the tunnel, saying that it is likely that the Pfizer vaccine, of which a million doses will arrive in Croatia in a million doses, will be registered first.

"We have a sufficient amount of vaccine for the entire population of Croatia. In the first place, we will start with health professionals and users and employees of nursing homes as the most vulnerable group," added Capak.

Davor Božinović, the Minister of the Interior, stated that the winter days are coming to Croatia and the colder temperatures will mean more and more people are spending time at home.

"People must be aware that being inside in non-ventilated spaces at this time of year contributes the most to the spread of coronavirus," Bozinovic warned.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 65 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (of which 39 cases were determined by rapid antigen testing).

These new cases are 20 people from Dubrovnik, 18 people from Metković (one of whom is a user of the Metković Home for Adults and Rehabilitation), six from Ston, five from the borough of Župa, four from Konavle, (two of whom are employees of the Konavle Home for the Elderly), three from Korčula, two each from Lumbarda and Opuzen and one person each from Dubrovacko Primorje, Kula Norinska, Orebić, Ploče and Zažablje.

A total of 32 males and 33 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was found for 36 individuals.

52 people have made a full recovery - 19 from Dubrovnik, 13 from Metković, four each from Kula Norinska and Župa dubrovačka, three from Orebić, two each from Konavle, Korčula, Opuzen, Ploče and one person from Vela Luka.

52 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care, two patients are on invasive ventilation, one patient is on non-invasive ventilation, and one is on oxygen.

In the last 24 hours, 236 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 25,393 samples have been analysed.

There are 830 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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With the timeless phrase “why not, it’s Christmas?” uttered throughout the festive season, is it any wonder many of us come to regret overindulgence in the New Year when the Christmas weight just won’t budge.

With this in mind, the experts at GolfSupport.com decided to look into how many exercises we’d have to do to burn off our favourite festive foods.

After finding the top 15 most popular Christmas foods, GolfSupport.com calculated the average calories per serving to find out how many squats, burpees, lunges, planks, and jogs you would have to do to burn those Christmas calories off.

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Photo by Gorodenkoff

The Results

The most calorific festive food item is Christmas Pudding at 305 calories per serving. To burn this off, GolfSupport calculated you would have to do 1,445 squats, 460 burpees, 578 lunges, 29 1-minute planks or jog for 29 minutes.

Just behind is the nations’ favourite Pigs in Blankets, at 280 calories per serving. To burn a serving of Pigs in Blankets off you would need to do 1,350 squats, 430 burpees, 532 lunges, 27 1-minute planks or 27 minutes of jogging.

In third place is a serving of Bread and Cheese, with approximately 945 squats needed! Followed by Yorkshire Puddings in fourth place. In fifth place is the dish that makes every Christmas dinner complete, Roast Potatoes, which would require the nation to jog for 17 minutes in an effort to burn one serving off.

At the bottom of the list is Roasted Chestnuts. To burn off one serving of this festive treat, you would need to do 315 squats. Just behind Roasted Chestnuts is Candy Canes, with only 5 1-minute planks needed to burn one off.

Finally, rounding off the top 15, is the love-them-or-hate-them, Brussel Sprouts. A 4-minute jog will burn this smelly serving off!

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Methodology

1. GolfSupport.com used https://www.eatthismuch.com/ to help calculate the average calories per serving for each food.
2. GolfSupport.com then used https://www.spotebi.com/exercise-guide/ to find the calories burned per minute for squats, burpees, lunges, planks and jogging. Using this rate, they were able to calculate the number of minutes for each exercise type required to burn the estimated calories.

 

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