Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Work on the Peljesac bridge is progressing according to plan despite the coronavirus pandemic crisis. The Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, visited the construction site on Tuesday afternoon to check the progress, writes Slobodna Dalmacija.

“It is impressive to see how the works are progressing. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and problems, this project is coming to an end. Some of the contractors on the access roads are ahead of schedule,” said Minister Butković, emphasizing that the problems with the Greek company "Avax", which is building the Ston bypass, have been resolved.

The director of Croatian Roads, Josip Škorić, emphasized that the Pelješac bridge will soon enter the last year of construction.

“The Brijesta junction will be built and it will be possible to drive on the Pelješac bridge even before the completion of the access roads,” Škorić explained.

The works on the access roads, which were delayed due to the conducted public procurement procedures in the selection of the contractor, are still continuing as planned.

The pillars of the bridge have changed the view of the Neretva Channel in recent months. Eleven pillars have been completed, and the twelfth will soon be. Currently, there are more than 690 workers on the construction site of the bridge, and the production of segments of steel construction, which arrived on the construction site in two contingents, has continued in the factory plants in China.

 

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The average monthly net salary in Croatia in August this year amounted to 6,723 Kuna, which is 0.1 percent more than in July and 3.1 percent more than in August 2019.

The Central Bureau of Statistics announced yesterday new figures on salaries across Croatia and in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic earnings continued to rise.

The highest average monthly net salaries were in the production of refined petroleum products, where the average earnings were 10,006 Kuna, and lowest in the manufacture of clothes, in the amount of 4,324 Kuna.

According to the CBS the average gross salary for August was 9,188 Kuna, and the average earnings per hour was 39.36 Kuna.

 

The General Assembly of the Skål International Association unanimously confirmed the hosting of the World Skål Congress, which will be held in Opatija from 13th to 18th October 2022.

As the Skål Congress, which was supposed to be held in Opatija and Rijeka under the motto "SKÅL CONGRESS IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020", was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but tourist workers from Kvarner did not give up the unique opportunity to present their region to representatives of the world's largest association of tourism professionals.

The repeated candidacy of Kvarner, Opatija and Rijeka was presented at the General Assembly session by the director of the Kvarner Tourist Board and president of the Kvarner Skål Club Irena Persic Zivadinov, and Kvarner was unanimously chosen to host this event, which has immeasurable importance for tourism in Croatia.

It is expected that during this prestigious international event in 2022, about a thousand participants will stay in Kvarner, including many owners of influential travel agencies and tour operators who will have the opportunity to see the tourist potential of the region.

For those who don't know - SKÅL International is an international organization of tourism managers with about 14 thousand members gathered in over 340 clubs in more than hundred countries around the world and is the largest in the tourism sector. Members of SKÅL Club Kvarner are professionals in Kvarner tourism (hoteliers, agencies, tourist boards, representatives of the academic community and others). In Croatia, there are also Skål club Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split.

In the last 24 hours, 890 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,519.

There are currently 574 people in hospital across Croatia and 32 people on a ventilator. Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 8 people have passed away.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 26,863 people have infected with the new coronavirus, of which 382 have died. A total of 20,962 people have recovered, 433 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 22,372 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 406,519 people have been tested, of which 5,883 in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 24 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are five males and seven females from Dubrovnik (seven of them have an established connection), five males and three females from Metković (for four established connections), one male and one female person from Mljet (for one person established connection), one male person from Korčula (established connection) and one male person from Vela Luka.

Eleven people have made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik, two from Župa dubrovačka, two from Metković, one from Ston, one from Ploče and one person who does not reside in our county.

There are currently nine people tested positive for coronavirus hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

In the last 24 hours, 206 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 17,240 samples have been analysed.

There are 504 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violations of the self-isolation measure have been recorded.

 

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The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said that he believed that Croatia did not need a new lockdown, but added that there were a number of other possibilities that could be applied with the measures prescribed so far.

Asked if lockdown was the only solution, Capak told Dnevnik Nova TV that a new lockdown was not needed, but that "people need to stick to the measures".

There are a number of other possibilities. Further shortening of working hours, reduction of the number for gatherings, and even family gatherings, he said and noted that it seems to him that Croatia is among the most liberal countries in Europe.

Capak also answered the question of what would happen if there were not enough doctors and nurses to replace the infected health workers.

"While we don't expect such a scenario and hope it never happens, we are preparing for it. We have more than 1,100 intensive care physicians who can work on respirators and intensive care for Covid-19 and flu patients. However, we are also preparing for the scenario that other colleagues who are close to the profession will be educated and can learn the basics of intensive care relatively quickly. This also happened during the Homeland War,'' Capak explained. He added that young doctors were taking emergency courses at the time.

"The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with hospitals, will prepare such courses, but we hope that will not happen," he said.

When asked how many newly infected Croatian hospitals can handle before the worst-case scenario, Capak said that we are "far from completely filling the health care system."

He also revealed that he is not considering the introduction of curfew. "We have not talked about it so far, nor do we plan to introduce it," said the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Croatia’s northern neighbour, Slovenia, have introduced a police curfew from today, meaning that movement from 9:00pm to 6:00am is forbidden.

 

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The Croatian company “Splendor Tekstil” was the first company in the country to introduce the production of protective masks back in June this year and now they have gone one step further with a new innovative product, writes Jutarnji List.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies to rethink their business model and the most flexible ones are surviving these challenging times. The latest product from Splendor Tekstil is a four-layer mask with a 99 percent antibacterial protection and a 99 percent antiviral protection.

This family company has plants in Klanjec and Sesvete, and employs more than 50 people. They are usually engaged in the production of Gore-tex clothing, special functional professional clothing. In Sesvete they make only masks and are producing four million of them a month.

Their new mask is based on innovative nanotechnology. It bears a resemblance to a classic medical mask, but its nano layer gives it extra protection against viruses. At the time of the Covid-19 virus pandemic, such protection is extremely important.

"We are now faced with a virus, and a medical or any other mask provides only bacterial filtration. Because innovation is the foundation of our company's functioning, we are now working in that direction," stated the company.

Namely, medical masks are exclusively antibacterial and for their certification the norm does not provide for testing for viruses, but exclusively for bacteria. Even a medical mask of the highest standard of grade 2R, in addition to having more than 98 percent bacterial filtration and protection against liquid splashes, has no protection against viruses. This prompted them to develop a mask that would, in addition to antibacterial, also provide antiviral protection.

 

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Don’t forget to move your clocks backwards this Sunday at 3 in the morning.

This Sunday, October 25, daylight saving time ends and clocks should be moved back an hour from 3:00am to 2:00am, meaning more daylight in the morning.

Whereas in previous years drivers across Croatia were obligated to turn on their lights at all times whilst driving from the end of daylight saving time this year that is not the case. The law has changed and now drivers have to have their lights on from the 1st of November to the 31st of march.

Also the electricity company, HEP, reminds consumers that with winter time comes a change in the timing for tariffs. Electricity consumed from 7 am to 9 pm is calculated according to the higher tariff (VT), and energy consumed in the period from 9 pm to 7 am according to the lower tariff (NT).

 

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In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there was one traffic accident with one injured person, with light injuries. There were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 386 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 171 measures taken due to speeding, six measures due to improper overtaking, 36 measures for improper stop and parking, 41 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 15 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatia has less than three percent denied visas for the United States, but they are unlikely to be abolished before the end of 2020, US Ambassador Robert Kohorst said on Monday, reports HINA.

Croatia "officially has less than three percent of denied visas," Robert Kohorst told reporters, confirming that Croatia had met that key conditions for entering the visa-free regime in the United States.

He added that some technical conditions still need to be met, and the American services on the ground to be convinced of all procedures in Croatia.

The ambassador says the whole process has been slowed by the Covid-19 pandemic, but he is "very confident" that visas will be abolished soon.

"It probably won't be before December 31, but it won't take long," Kohorst said today.

The abolition of visas has been an unresolved diplomatic issue in relations between the two countries for almost 30 years. To enter the visa-free regime, a number of preconditions need to be met, and the last that Croatia had to meet was less than three percent of rejected applications.

Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus are the only EU members whose visas have not yet been abolished by the United States.

 

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