Wednesday, 28 October 2020

In the last 24 hours, 181 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across Croatia, with the City of Zagreb recording 116 new cases. There are currently 2,712 active cases of Covid-19 across Croatia.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 3 people have passed away due to Covid-19.

There are currently 404 patients in hospital across Croatia, including 27 people on ventilators.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 20,621 people have been infected, of which 327 have died, a total of 17,582 people have recovered, of which 284 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 14,048 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 360,976 people have been tested, of which 2,461 in the last 24 hours.

Today the National Civil Protection Headquarters are expected to announce a range of new Covid-19 measures in response to the large increase in new Covid-19 cases over the past week.

 

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Over the past 24 hours 1 new cases of Covid-19 has been detected in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This new case is a male from Dubrovnik, announced the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

On a positive note nine people across the county have made a full recovery from the virus, eight people from Dubrovnik and one from Kula Norinska.

12 people tested positive for coronavirus are hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and there is one person on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 16,054 samples have been analyzed.

There are 500 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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A 31-year-old police officer was injured after being shot four times around 8 a.m. Monday morning in Zagreb in the St. Mark Square, close to the Croatian government building.

The shooter (born in 1998), who has yet to be named, was found by police officers close to the incident and had committed suicide.

"This morning, October 12, at 8.06, a report was received of a shooting on St. Mark's Square in Zagreb. According to the first established information, one police officer was injured and is receiving medical assistance," commented the Ministry of the Interior said.

According to reports the police officer is in a stable condition and the bullets didn't hit any of his vital organs. At 8.20am the police officer was rushed to hospital, the extent of his injuries have not yet been reported. All police officers around the government building in Zagreb wear bulletproof vests.

The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, was not in the building at the time of the shooting but arrived later under strong security.

On the St. Mark’s Square there are many important institutions, including the Croatian Parliament, the seat of the Government and the Constitutional Court.

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Around a million passengers will be handled by the capital’s airport this year, down from 3.4 million from 2019. Zagreb Airport has seen a 70 percent drop in passenger numbers throughout 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports EX-YU Aviation.

“Zagreb Airport is currently registering a 70 percent decline in passenger numbers on an annual level. We expect for this trend to continue until the end of 2020 and for us to reach around 30 percent of last year’s traffic” commented David Gabelica, a member of the Zagreb Airport management board.

Since March of this year when the Covid-19 pandemic started the airport has seen a decrease in passenger numbers every month. With many international airlines cancelling flights to the Croatia capital and interest in travelling at an all-time low the airport has struggled to match last year’s figures.

Zagreb Airport is currently served by Air France, Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, KLM, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Trade Air and Turkish Airlines.

 

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Even though we are into October the Bay of Zaton would normally still be a hive of activity. Yachts and speed boats would be lined up or floating at anchor in the picturesque bay, but 2020 clearly isn’t a normal tourist year.

With only a couple of bars open and a bakery serving hot bread to the locals Zaton is eerily tranquil. It almost feels like a winter’s day in this seaside destination, the still period before the tourist seasons.

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The President of the Agency for Electronic Media (AEM), Josip Popovac, assessed that most of the Croatian media - television, radio, electronic publications and press - followed the coronavirus pandemic with a rating of “A plus” and that there hasn’t been any fake news.

"I thank the media for their professionalism, sense of community and the way they got involved in the fight against the pandemic," Popovac said.

At the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in mid-March the Council for Electronic Media issued a strict warning in order to protect the public interest to all electronic media in Croatia.

"The Council warned all audio-visual media services, including those via the internet that publishing misinformation, especially those related to public health issues, is strictly prohibited. Publication of misinformation raises concerns, fears and panic among the population and leads to even more serious consequences of these that we face,” stated the Council.

The overwhelming majority of media outlets across Croatia have published direct facts and statistics that are released every day by the Civil Protection Headquarters.

Popovac added that there have been some incidents of fake news and misinformation on social networks that are beyond the control of AEM, but the Croatian media have done their job professionally.

 

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In the last 24 hours, four new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are one male and two females from Dubrovnik (for two established connections) and one female person from borough of Župa.

Eight people have made a full recovery - three from Metković, three from Kula Norinska, one from Blato and one person who does not have a residence in our county.

11 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and one person is on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 15,985 samples have been analyzed.

There are 512 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 508 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,818.

The City of Zagreb saw 201 new cases of Covid-19, the worst day in the capital since the pandemic began. Over the past four days there have been almost 2,000 new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia as number increase to their highest level since the pandemic began. From Thursday 8 October up and including today, October 11, 1993 new cases have been detected, with the City of Zagreb the new hotspot.

There are currently 384 patients in hospital across Croatia, including 26 people on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, seven more people have passed away in Croatia in the past 24 hours due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 20,440 people have been infected, of which 324 have died, a total of 17,298 people have recovered, of which 345 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 14,363 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 358,515 people have been tested, of which 4,989 in the last 24 hours.

 

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Negotiations on the abolition of double taxation have begun between Croatia and the United States, and Croatian exporters are looking forward to a profitable future, especially in the IT sector. The Croatian Chamber of Commerce predicts that Croatian IT companies could see their earnings increase by 30 percent with the new tax system.

The absence of a double taxation agreement reduces business transparency, and the very fact that Croatia is the only EU and NATO member without such an agreement puts Croatian entrepreneurs at a disadvantage compared to entrepreneurs from other EU members.

Andrej Levenski, head of the HGK computer game development group and director of Pandora studio (Gamepires), said that all important platforms, from Steam, Google Play, Apple store, to Origina, are American companies, which means that they charge 30 percent for trade services.

So if a game costs you $100, Steam takes $30, and then they put another 30 percent tax on it so the company, from that $100, ends up getting less than half. In other words, the abolition of double taxation would practically save us from 15 to 30 dollars per 100 dollars of turnover, said Levenski in a statement to HINA.

 

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Approximately half a million Croats will have to buy new TVs or external receivers in the coming weeks or be left without their favourite TV programs as Croatia takes another step into the digital world. On the 27th of October Croatia flips the switch on this new broadcasting system, the so-called DVB-T2, meaning that many homes will have to upgrade their TVs or buy a new receiver.

The abbreviation DVB-T2 will be mentioned more and more often in the coming weeks, with advertising campaigns already in full flow informing the public of the need to change. From the 27th of October 2020 the TV signal across the country will be upgraded, in other words, if your receiver does not have DVB-T2, and you watch programs via a terrestrial antenna you will need to buy either a new receiver or a new TV. The price of new receivers is from 150 to 200 Kuna, and are available in many stores and even at newsagents.

The new signal will bring better coverage and availability of HD programs, and generally better television picture quality. However, the change does not apply to those who watch programs via the internet, cable or satellite.

Digital Video Broadcasting — Second Generation Terrestrial, or DVB-T2 for short, is basically the upgraded version of the current digital broadcasting system, and the new technology means that high definition TV signals can be sent.

Around fifty percent of Croatians will not have to change anything as they already watch TV through other systems, but that means that the other half of the population will have to check their TV systems.

The transition will take place gradually, from county to county, and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County is first on the list, with the changes happening on the 27th of October.

 

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