Monday, 03 August 2020

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County one new case of Covid-19 was recorded in the last 24 hours. It is a younger male person from Ploče, who had a close contact with a previously ill person.

On a positive note two people have made a full recovery, one from Dubrovnik and one from Ploče.

A total of 6,129 samples have been analyzed 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 172 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there were no violations of self-isolation measures.

 

Over the past 24 hours in Croatia there have been 86 new cases of Covid-19 recorded with the capital Zagreb seeing a spike with 31 new cases detected. The total number of active cases in Croatia is now 738, and among them 127 patients are hospitalized and nine people are on a ventilator. Over the past 24 hours no new fatalities due to the virus have been recorded.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,224 people have been infected with Covid-19 to date, of whom 145 have died and 4,341 have recovered.

There are currently 2,695 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 120,336 people have been tested, of which 1,381 were tested in the last 24 hours.

Zagreb has seen the most case over the past 24 hours, with 31 new cases recorded, and this follows 14 new cases from the previous day. The Croatian capital is followed by the Split-Dalmatian County with 10 new Covid-19 cases.

 

Not only has the Covid-19 pandemic caused havoc with the Dubrovnik tourism industry but it has also decimated the event calendar in the city. The latest victim of the virus is the popular Dubrovnik Half Marathon and the surrounding events in the Du Motion – Runner’s Days Dubrovnik.

The organizers announced this morning that the already postponed marathon has been cancelled for this year completely. “Due to the uncertainty surrounding the development of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures currently in force in Croatia, but also globally, the sixth edition of Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik is postponed to 2021,” stated the organizers this morning.

Adding that “Given the existing limitations in the organization of major events and the continuous adoption of new measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus, Du Motion, even with the highest organizational standards, in these circumstances cannot guarantee a top racing event and safe environment for all participants. Consequently, in agreement with the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and partners, as well as based on the recommendations of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, it made a decision on the postponement.”

Safety first as Dubrovnik half marathon cancelled 

The Du Motion director, Alen Bošković, commented that “This is an extremely difficult situation for us because we have already postponed the whole event once and invested a lot of energy, effort and financial resources in order to finally hold this year's races. We have been closely monitoring the situation over the past months and hoping for improvement, but given the current circumstances as well as the fact that more than 85 percent of our runners come from abroad, such a decision is simply inevitable. Postponing Du Motion for 2021 is our duty to all of them, as well as to our entire team, volunteers, citizens of Dubrovnik and society in general, because their safety and health always come first.”

The organizers hope that the runners will understand and support their decision because everyone is aware of the seriousness of the situation in which the whole world currently finds itself, as well as the fact that only through common responsible behavior can we contribute to stopping the pandemic and returning to normal life. If circumstances permit, the sixth Du Motion will take place in its traditional spring term, April 24 and 25, 2021.

 

When the Covid-19 pandemic started to play havoc with the travel industry all those months ago the forecast for Croatian tourism was doom and gloom. Predictions of no tourist season whatsoever were banded around and with most Croatian airports closed and the European Union closing all borders these depressing expectations were likely. However, Croatia has proved resilient, well at least the northern destinations, and found a way to attract guests in these challenging times. Tourism figures for July, which is traditionally the peak of the tourist season in Croatia, show that 2.4 million tourists arrived in Croatia and 18.6 million overnight stays were recorded. This might sound like a lot of arrivals, especially in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, but compared to the same month from last year it’s actually only around 53 percent.

Croatia still a safe destination

Still the black predictions seem to have been partially banished. It’s certainly not going to be a tourist season to break records, but in light of the overall situation it’s not going to be a disaster either. "These are, given the circumstances, excellent results and a good announcement for the August ahead. Intensified promotional activities, both invitational advertising campaigns and those of an informative nature, will be carried out until the end of August on the markets in Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Italy, given that these are very important markets for our tourism, where Croatia is on the list of safe countries. It is important to continue responsible behavior and adherence to the prescribed epidemiological measures in order to maintain the status of our country as a safe tourist destination and get the most out of this tourist season, "said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

Danke Germany

Almost single-handedly the Germans have saved the 2020 tourist season in Croatia. In July alone 4.43 million of the overnight stays recorded up and down the country came from Germany, incredibly this figure represents 87 percent of the number from last July. And at the moment of the 780,000 tourists who are holidaying on the beaches of the Adriatic a massive 200,000 are from Germany. The most popular destinations are Istria and Dalmatia, which is mainly due to the fact that both are within comfortable driving distance from Germany. And this highlights the problems that more southern destinations, such as Dubrovnik are having this summer. Whereas many Istrian cities are seeing up to 70 percent of the tourists from last year Dubrovnik is still scrapping to reach 30 percent. And as the two most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik normally come from the UK and the USA the outlook doesn’t look quite as positive as the rest of the country.

 

“There is work enough for everyone, if you really want to work,” puffed a young neighbour of mine. I was just entering the Old City when I spotted a younger boy who seemed to be drowning under a packets of bottled water. He placed them on the floor to catch his breath and with sweat pouring he smiled at me. “I agree…and do you need a hand,” I answered. With a grin he said, “I go this far on my own and I’ll finish on my own.” Now that’s the spirit we need. He could have been on the beach moaning that Covid-19 has ruined his chances of finding a seasonal job, whilst begging from his parents, but no he was lugging packets of water in the midday sun.

As a skipped down the stone stairs I couldn’t stop thinking of him and what a great example he is and that someone brought him up to value hard work. And then the water got me thinking. He was carrying bottles of water from France. I remember a long, long time ago when the ill-fated golf project on Srđ was making presentations. One fact stuck in my head.

The City of Dubrovnik is supplied with fresh drinking water by the River Ombla, and on average uses 400 litres of water a second. That might seem a lot. However, the River Ombla actually produces around 4,000 litres of water a second. These figures might have changed due to the new water intake plant, but you get the rough idea. So that means that roughly 90 percent of the water produced at Ombla flows right out into the sea. You can probably see where I’m going with this, just join the dots.

The one overriding thing that this pandemic has shown us is the fragility of our incomes. The tourism industry is like a crystal vase on top of a washing machine in spin cycle. At some point it is going to crash to the floor and be smashed into a thousand pieces. It’s time to break that complete and utter reliance on such a delicate form of revenue. Bottled water!

 

 

 

 

Rather than letting 3,600 litres fill the Adriatic every second why not take a small proportion of that and bottle it? Half of the infrastructure is already in place. There is a large empty building on site already that could act as a bottling plant. And the City already uses the water as drinking water anyway. Filter it a few more times, pour it into an ecologically friendly bottle (yes, no plastic please) and slap a funky Dubrovnik inspired label on the front and hey presto! If the production and factory where made in the right way, then they themselves would become tourist attractions in the future. I once went on a tour of the Guinness factory in Dublin, so why not a fresh water source in Dubrovnik.

The whole surroundings look impressive enough just to start with, add some creativity and you have a Dubrovnik success story. In an ideal world this project would be funded and run as a public company. Mainly because I hate the idea of privatising water, a natural resource that should be owned by states and not private corporations. However, a better solution would be a private/public project.

Let’s face it the public sector in Croatia doesn’t have a glorious past of successful projects. It would create jobs, bring in a revenue to the city that isn’t connected to tourism, act as a great marketing tool, clean up an area of the city that is in dire need of refreshment, a percentage of the income could be used to fund environmental causes and create a whole range of spin-off ideas. Did you know that Croatia has the fourth most natural water resources in Europe per capita? Only the Scandinavians beat Croatia. And yet the vast majority fills the Adriatic. The term “a drop in the ocean” has never been more relevant.

 

In the first six months of 2020 a total of 113 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Croatia, stated the Croatian Police ahead of the first weekend in August, a traditionally busy period on the roads.

The first half of this year, police added, was marked by accidents in which motorcyclists, young drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and drunk drivers were killed, while the most common cause of accidents in Croatia was speeding and non-use of seat belts. In fact, over half of the traffic fatalities in the first half of 2020 were due to speeding drivers.
On a positive note the figure of 113 fatalities was 14 less than the same period from 2019.

Drunk drivers caused 25 fatal traffic accidents in which 28 people passed away and of the 56 drivers and passengers killed 22 were not wearing a seat belt.

During the first six months of 2020, 26 motorcyclists were unfortunately killed in traffic accidents, while in the period from 1 to 23 July, eight motorcyclists and one moped rider were killed. Since the beginning of the year, every fourth person who has died in traffic accidents has been on two wheels, the Croatian Police added.

Due to frequent accidents, the police will continue during the coming weekend with intensified activities aimed at violations of scooter and motorcycle riders, the prevention and sanctioning of the most serious violations, especially the so-called “four main killers in traffic” (alcohol, speed, seat belt and mobile phone).

Police have announced they will monitor traffic at a large number of locations that will include the maximum number of police officers available. When monitoring traffic on motorways, in addition to sanctioning other offenses, special attention will be paid to unreasonable driving in the left lane.

 

The Croatian National Bank has published the latest data on government debt, which for the first time in Croatian history, at the end of April, amounted to more than 300 billion Kuna, more precisely 304.9 billion Kuna.

Croatia's debt rose in the midst of the economy's closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, when the state was forced to bail out and support companies and institutions due to the decline in economic activities and measures introduced to save jobs and the overall economy. In April, the government debt increased by more than 6 billion Kuna, from 298.8 billion to 304.9 billion Kuna.

Croatia's government debt was last below 290 billion in May last year. In the second half of 2019, it took off to 297 billion to fall again in early 2020 to 291 billion in January and February. Then came the Covid-19 crisis and at the end of March it amounted to 298.8 billion, and in April it exceeded the mark of 300 billion Kuna.

At the beginning of the first term of the government of Andrej Plenković, in November 2016, the debt amounted to 283.4 billion Kuna.

 

With the Covid-19 pandemic causing absolute chaos with the travel and transport industry it is hardly surprising that the latest passenger figures from Croatia Airlines are less than impressive. To say Croatia’s national airline has had a challenging start to 2020 would be a massive understatement, disastrous would probably better suit.

From the beginning of 2020 to the end of June Croatia Airlines has recorded an operating loss of 155.4 million Kuna, the logical negative effects of the pandemic affected just about every aspect of the airline’s business. Croatia Airlines flew 59 percent air hours when compared with the same period in 2019, 5,661 flights were carried out, which is 7,536 fewer than the same period from 2019.

And passenger numbers, or more precisely the lack of passenger numbers is just as shocking. In internal flights passenger numbers fell by a whopping 63 percent, and in international traffic by 66 percent, almost 630,000 fewer passengers were transported by Croatia Airlines in the first half of 2020.

 

There are various reliable and convenient online bookmaker platforms, such as the Parimatch site, allowing you to place bets on different sports events. Players can use effective betting strategies to increase their chances of winnings. Someone just relies on their luck and intuition when it comes to sports betting. However, taking into account different important factors that influence a match outcome surely gives you greater chances of earning some money. In particular, you can get helpful info from tips and predictions provided by betting experts. More interesting information on that is covered in this article.

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What Are Betting Tips and Predictions?

They are written by betting experts based on the analysis of a wide variety of factors. The thing is that lots of circumstances may impact a match outcome, and understanding them will allow you to know what to pay your attention to.

The core things to consider are the following:

- Places of teams in standings

Teams’ performance on home and away fields

- Recent injuries of players

Teams’ motivation

The outcomes of the previous encounters of teams

The number of scored and conceded goals

When experts write their tips or predictions, they take these factors into account. Not only do they try to analyze the overall condition, potential, and motivation of each team but also compare them. On high-quality betting websites, you can find statistical info on teams for you to consider when placing your bet.

What Is the Difference between Free and Paid Predictions?

On the Internet, you can find both paid and free predictions. So, how do they differ? Free predictions usually are written with only a few factors in mind. As for paid predictions, they are prepared by taking into account lots of different factors, which increases their accuracy to up to 80%.

Free predictions are a good choice for players who want to increase their chances of winning without having to pay much money. At the same time, opting for paid predictions gives greater chances to beat a bookmaker.

How to Use Betting Tips and Predictions?

On the Internet, it is possible to find tips and predictions from multiple betting experts. They will not necessarily be identical, as different specialists may have different approaches to analyzing statistical data, so their opinions on the same events may differ. It is recommended to take into account the verdicts of several experts. It is also important to have a look at the statistical data yourself. By combining your and experts’ views, you will be able to come up with the most accurate prediction.

Where to Find Expert Predictions and Tips?

There are lots of different betting platforms that allow accessing betting predictions and tips from specialists. You can pick such a website based on the following factors - 

User-friendliness. You want to use a convenient website that allows you to quickly find predictions and tips on the events you need.

- Predictions on different sports. If you want to place bets on various types of sports, you will be pleased to find them on a single platform.

- The frequency of updates. You want to have a good choice of matches to place your bet on. If there are only 1-2 predictions per day while there are a greater number of matches, it is not a good option.

- The accuracy of predictions. If you notice that a certain website has more accurate predictions, then you should use it.

- An opportunity to place bets. It is very convenient if you do not have to set up multiple accounts. This means that you should be able to read predictions and place bets on the same platform.

 

Over the past 24 hours there have been 67 new cases of Covid-19 recorded in the Republic of Croatia, with the Split-Dalmatia County seeing the highest number of new cases.

With the new cases there are currently 727 active cases of Covid-19 in Croatia, and from this number there are 125 patients in hospital, including 6 people on a ventilator. Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours one more patient has passed away from the virus, meaning that 145 people have died due to Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

The Split-Dalmatian County saw the highest number of new cases of Covid-19, with 16 new cases, followed by the City of Zagreb with 14 cases and the Osijek-Baranja County with 9 new cases.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 5,139 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 145 have died and 4,267 have recovered.

There are currently 2,746 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 118,955 people have been tested, 1,750 of them in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Friday.

 

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