Tuesday, 04 August 2020

The number of new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia continues to fall with 24 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, reports the Civil Protection Headquarters. There are now 647 active cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Croatia, among which there are 117 patients in hospital and 7 people on a ventilator. Unfortunately, one person has passed away in the past 24 hours bringing the death toll to the virus in Croatia to 154.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,318 people have been infected with Covid-19, of whom 154 have died and 4,517 have recovered. There are currently 2490 people in self-isolation.

 

 

To date, a total of 123,199 people have been tested, of which 1,133 were tested in the last 24 hours.

The number of new cases of Covid-19 across the country is continuing to fall slowly. From the July 11 when the highest number of new cases was recorded, 140, the numbers had been around the mid-eighties, however as August has started there has been a decline. On August 1 there were 86 new cases, the following day 36 cases and August 3 saw 34 cases, today that downward trend has continued in Croatia with 24 new cases.

Over the past 24 hours the Osijek-Baranja County has recorded the most cases with 5, followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 3 and the City of Zagreb also with 3 newly infected people.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County one new case of Covid-19 infection was recorded in the past 24 hours. This latest patient is an elderly woman from the island of Korčula, and epidemiological processing is underway.

Yesterday it was reported that an employee of a nursing home in Blato has tested positive for Covid-19 after she returned to work from her holidays. Now all the remaining employees and users of the home in Blato have been tested and all 64 results have come back negative.

A total of 6,430 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of today, there are no hospitalized people positive for Covid-19 in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. There are 184 people in self-isolation across the county, and in the last 24 hours there were no violations of self-isolation measures.

 

 

Since the Covid-19 pandemic first hit the Dubrovnik region on the 18th of March this year there has been a total of 190 positive cases in the entire county, from which 169 people have made a full recovery and unfortunately 8 people have passed away. The largest number of cases in the county have been in Dubrovnik itself, which has seen 77 cases and 3 deaths, Ploce which has had 34 cases and 4 deaths and Konavle with 27 cases and 1 death.

How has tourism effected new Covid-19 cases in Dubrovnik 

Over the past month, from the 4th of July to the 4th of August, there have been 56 new cases of Covid-19 in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. However, the number of new Covid-19 would appear to be dropping as in the last 7 days there have been 7 new cases.

The influx of tourists into the region, there were 132,000 tourists in the county in July alone which is more than the actual population of the county, doesn’t seem to have had an effect on the number of new cases. Since the European Union opened internal borders on the 15th of June 2020 and tourists started to arrive in the county there has been a total of 72 new cases recorded.

In other words, in 50 days of heightened tourism the number of new Covid-19 cases has remained at an average of 1.4 per day. If you compare this figure with the first 50 days of the pandemic in the county, starting from the 18th of March, there were 115 positive cases, or an average of 2.3 cases a day. It must also be mentioned that the levels of testing has actually increased in the past 60 days.

Construction works on one of the most popular walkways in the Dubrovnik region look like finally coming to an end. The panoramic pathway that leads from the Bay of Lapad to the series of hotels on Babin Kuk follows the coastline of the Adriatic and is extremely popular and soon it will have a new look.

In addition to the installation of public lighting, stone cladding and a protective fence, have been installed. The promenade has been widened in the narrowest part and is now 2.40 metres wide with an additional 20 centimetres to accommodate the fence.

The length of time that it actually took is revealing. The Chinese construction company will finish the Peljesac Bridge, a bridge that is roughly 2.4 kilometres long as opposed to a 600 metre stretch of walkway, in a shorter time period than this walkway. In fact, this reconstruction of this relatively short walkway was started in 2013, a full seven years ago.

Finally, the Lapad walkway is finished, well almost finished.

 

Due to the rather bad epidemiological situation in the country, Croatian citizens cannot travel as freely as most other citizens of the European Union. But that is why anyone from the EU can come to Croatia.

Although the number of infected people in Croatia is not nearly as dramatic as in some other countries, in terms of the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a 14-day period, Croatia is among the worst countries in the European Union. Only Luxembourg, Romania, Bulgaria, Andorra, Sweden, Portugal and Spain are worse than us. That is why some EU countries do not allow people from Croatia to travel to them, reports 24 Sata.

On the other hand, residents of all 26 EU member states and residents of Great Britain, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland can travel freely to Croatia. Apart from the citizens of these countries, all foreign citizens who are permanently settled in these 30 countries can travel freely to Croatia. So, regardless of whether someone is Iranian, Afghan, American, Serb or Chinese, if they live in one of these countries, they can travel freely to Croatia as a tourist or for any other reason.

 

 

Citizens living in other countries are currently not allowed in Croatia. But there are many exceptions. Free entry into Croatia is provided to citizens of ‘third countries’ who are health professionals, health researchers and associates, care professionals for the elderly and people who require urgent medical treatment. Also, cross-border workers, regardless of where they live, can enter Croatia. Exceptions also apply to diplomats, police officers on duty, civil protection services and teams, staff of international organizations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions.

However, if we look at the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia in even more detail, it turns out that anyone can actually come to Croatia. Namely, point (clause) 2f states that persons traveling for tourist or other business reasons or who have another economic interest and persons traveling for education are also exempted from the ban. So, if someone wants to come to Croatia as a tourist, in theory he can do it freely, regardless of where he or she comes from. Also, entry is allowed due to transit through Croatia, but also for urgent personal reasons, and such a reason under point (clause) 2g can be the ownership of real estate in the Republic of Croatia, writes 24 Sata.

In short, in theory, everyone can go to Croatia, but Croatians cannot travel freely from Croatia wherever we want. Free tourist entry or entry for other reasons is currently provided by 20 countries that are members of the EU or the Schengen area. Nine countries ban Croatian residents from free entry. These are Cyprus, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Slovenia. The rules vary from country to country, so some of these countries require quarantine for passengers from Croatia, while others require testing for Covid-19. Also some states only allow travel for business reasons. In some countries the situation changes from day to day, so it is necessary to study the rules and restrictions in detail before traveling. This is easiest to do on the EU Re-open page, where detailed information is available for all EU and Schengen countries.

According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, 9,214 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik on August 1st, which is 35 percent of the tourist traffic compared to the same date last year. On the same day, Dubrovnik recorded 3283 arrivals, which is 43 percent of tourist traffic compared to last year.

On that date, the most numerous tourists were domestic and from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, the USA, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland and Ukraine.

In the period from 1st to 31st of July, there were 45,458 tourists in Dubrovnik, or 20 percent of the tourist traffic last July, and there were 182,360 overnight stays, 23 percent of the tourist traffic last July.

During July, the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik were from Germany, Croatia, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

During July, 19,104 arrivals and 75,375 overnight stays were realized in hotel accommodation, while 21,338 arrivals and 84,835 overnight stays were realized in private accommodation.
In the period from 1st of January to 31st of July, 113,912 arrivals were recorded, 14 percent of last year's tourist traffic and 347,848 overnight stays, also 14 percent of last year's tourist traffic in the same period.

Top list of countries from which there were the most tourists from January 1 to July 31: Croatia, Germany, BiH, United Kingdom, Poland, France, USA, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia.

In the past 24 hours, 34 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Croatia and unfortunately there have been four fatalities.

The number of currently infected (active cases) in Croatia today is a total of 703, and among them, 130 patients are in hospital, of which 6 are on a ventilator.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,294 people have been infected with Covid-19, of whom 153 have died and 4,438 have recovered.

There are currently 2,520 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 122,083 people have been tested, of which 763 were tested in the last 24 hours.

 

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County one new case of Covid-19 infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. According to the Civil Protection for the Dubrovnik-Neretva-County this latest patient is a female from Blato, who is an employee of the Home for the elderly and severely ill, Mother Marija Petković in Blato, she was tested before returning to work from vacation.

A total of 6,262 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of today, there are no hospitalized persons positive for Covid-19 in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 176 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there were no violations of self-isolation measures.

 

Just before 12 o'clock on the part of the road between Pločice and Molunat in Konavle, a car with Zagreb registration plates caught fire while driving.

Firefighters were quickly on the scene and succeeded in putting out the blazing car, and according to the Dubrovnik-Neretva Police Department, fortunately no one was injured, only material damage was caused.

So far no official reason as to how the car caught fire has been announced. Fortunately, the burning vehicle didn’t cause any forest fires in the dry grassland nearby.

burning car konavle

 

Zagrebačka bank is rated the best bank in Croatia in a global ranking of 1000 of the world’s quoted banks in the inaugural issue of THE STATEMENT, a new banking magazine launched by the London-based Lafferty Group. Zagrebačka bank scores particularly highly for Financial Inclusion.

The banks in Croatia are on average rated higher than those of Ukraine and the US, but lagging behind Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Russia and the UK.

The research is generated from the LAFFERTY 1000 global banking database, which scores the one thousand banks for quality across 21 metrics and rates them from 1-star for the weakest to 5-stars for the best. Other findings include - 

- Only 5 of the 1000 banks receive 5-star ratings and all are based in emerging markets

- With three exceptions, the mainly universal banking giants of Europe, North America, Japan and China that are designated as “globally significant” by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) are rated from poor to average at best.

- Italy’s UniCredit comes bottom of the group, with a 1-star rating.

These findings contradict the view, long held in the financial industry that the UK and the US are the leading countries for industry achievement.

 

 

THE STATEMENT is a new Lafferty Group digital banking magazine. It is being established at the height of the economic, financial and human crises caused by the global coronavirus pandemic in order to help progressive banks and bankers find a new way ahead for the industry.

The magazine takes as its starting point the current state of 1000 of the world’s largest quoted banks and rates each of them for their quality and sustainability using 21 metrics – from financial performance to how they treat a range of stakeholders including staff, customers, the unbanked, regulators, the environment – and not least shareholders.

The bank quality rating system on which the database is anchored uses a heuristic methodology to analyse the signals that banks are sending out in their annual reports – intentionally or otherwise – and combines them to score the overall bank. It uses the annual report because of its unique status as the primary vehicle for management of a bank to communicate and account to shareholders and other stakeholders.

Michael Lafferty, Chief Executive of Lafferty Group said, “Banks from emerging markets are now setting the pace in world banking. They are more focused and unfettered by the mistakes that have done so much damage to Western banks. These mistakes include a misguided love affair with universal banking and the destructive ideology of shareholder value”.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were six traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, six persons got light injuries, while there were 11 traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 798 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 442 measures taken due to speeding, 51 measures due to improper overtaking, 47 measures for improper stop and parking, 34 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 31 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 37 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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