Wednesday, 28 October 2020

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 16 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These new cases are 14 people from Dubrovnik (6 males and 8 females, of which 5 males and 6 females have an established epidemiological connection), 1 female from Ston (established epidemiological connection) and 1 male from Mljet.

12 people have made a full recovery - 9 people from Dubrovnik, 1 person from Konavle and Ploče, as well as one person who does not reside in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

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

Yesterday, 133 samples were processed, and a total of 16,348 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 483 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was established.

 

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Electric vehicles accounted for eight percent of car sales in Europe in the first half of the year, paving the way for a three-fold increase in market share this year, according to an analysis by the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E).

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has cut car sales, sales of electric cars, which T&E has defined as battery-powered and hybrid models, have risen.

Thus, electric cars more than tripled their market share in the European Economic Area (EEA), compared to the first half of last year, T&E data show.

Direct sales of such vehicles are expected to double approximately this year, to one million units, the analysis said.

T&E attributes the increase in sales to stricter standards for exhaust emissions in the European Union, which came into force this year, and incentives to buy in Germany and France.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) believes that the sales of electric vehicles is driven by national support programs to boost economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, but that this trend does not necessarily have to be long-term.

“It is difficult to predict future long-term shifts in consumer behaviour based on such artificial growth driven by subsidies,” ACEA analysts say.

T&E has urged the EU to set stricter emission reduction targets in the future, which would ensure that models that significantly pollute the environment are being pushed out of the market and replaced by electric cars.

This primarily refers to SUVs, which, although “fuel-devouring” also increased their market share in sales, to 39 percent in the first half of 2020.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has outlined plans to further tighten limits on car carbon emissions as part of its proposal to tighten the EU's 2030 climate targets.

 

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The Croatian National Tourist Board has launched a new promotional campaign "Discover the Colours of Croatia" in seven European markets, namely the markets of Germany, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and the UK. This autumn campaign specifically promotes the natural beauty through national parks, culture, nautical and eno-gastronomy, and will be active until the second half of November through thematic articles on websites, print ads and social media advertising with the hashtag #DiscoverTheColoursOfCroatia.

-Although the current epidemiological situation in Europe, as well as the current restrictions on travel that vary from country to country do not allow greater realization of tourist traffic, it is very important to maintain Croatia's visibility in our most important European markets at this time of the year. With this goal we have launched this campaign in which we want to further position our country as a safe destination with a rich, high-quality and attractive offer during the post-season. Our goal is to position Croatia as a top-of-mind destination that guarantees a safe and quality holiday with many activities and facilities - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that „A Vacation-worthy Week“ is about to be launched, through which domestic and all foreign guests who find themselves in Croatia will be able to take advantage of the numerous tourist services in the country at 50 percent lower prices.

Activities as part of the "Discover The Colours Of Croatia" campaign will be carried out through social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, through the placement of articles on the most read and best-known websites in certain markets such as oe24.at, DerStandard.at and Krone.at in Austria, gazeta.pl in Poland and novinky.cz in the Czech Republic, as well as on specialised websites MarcoPolo.de and Holidaycheck.de in Germany where special HUBs were created in Germany i.e. micro websites with content dedicated exclusively to Croatia. All promotional materials created for advertising are language-adjusted for all seven markets.

The campaign is also run through print advertising and collaboration has been agreed with the travel platforms Lonely Planet and National Geographic through which all tourism products included in the autumn campaign will be promoted and the campaign will be visible to millions of their users and followers on social media.

"Malostonska kamenica" received the European protected designation of origin, the European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union on October 13, 2020.

Thus, "Malostonska kamenica" or “Mali Ston Oysters” is entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications and protected throughout the European Union, and guarantees the consumer the purchase of an authentic product, the Ministry of Agriculture announced.

The procedure for the protection of the name "Malostonska kamenica" began in August 2017, when the Association Stonski školjkari submitted a request to the Ministry of Agriculture for the protection of the mark of origin. The geographical area in which all stages of production of this delicacy take place includes the waters of the Mali Ston Bay, which belongs to the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

The uniqueness of the Mali Ston oyster stems from the unique natural characteristics of the Mali Ston Bay and the skills that have been developed during the centuries-old breeding tradition, the Ministry notes. The unique properties of the Mali Ston Bay area, the optimal amount and composition of food, the excellent quality of sea water with the application of traditional knowledge and skills directly reflect on the quality and properties of this esteemed product.

The Republic of Croatia now has 28 agricultural and food products whose name is registered in the European Union as a protected designation of origin or a protected geographical indication.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 372 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,774.

There are currently 424 people in hospital positive for Covid-19 and 27 people on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 3 more people passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 20,993 people have been infected, of which 330 have died, a total of 17,889 people have recovered, of which 307 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 15,912 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 366,235 people have been tested, of which 5,259 in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 10 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are two men and two women from Dubrovnik (three of them have an established connection), three males from the borough of Župa (established connection), one female from Janjina and Metković, and one male without residence in the area of our county.

In the last 24 hours, a male person from Dubrovnik (born in 1944) died of Covid-19.

14 people have made a full recovery - seven from Dubrovnik, three from Kula Norinska, two from Ston and one each from Župa dubrovačka and Konavle.

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

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 16,215 samples have been analysed.

There are 495 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

 

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Clearly the Covid-19 pandemic is just getting too much for some people. Face masks, social distancing and disinfection and even the possibility of another lockdown has pushed some people over the edge.

Shops and café bars have for months been forced to post signs on the entrances to the facilities showing the rules of Covid-19 and the safety measures. But one shop in Mokošica is fed up with the clients talking about the pandemic. This sign made us chuckle – it reads “Please don’t talk about Covid-19 when you are in this shop. Thank you for understanding.”

 

Travellers across Europe could avoid quarantine if a plan to introduce a comprehensive coronavirus testing regime is implemented, reports The Telegraph.

The European Commission wants testing to be the "preferred" alternative to quarantine for travellers and has commissioned health experts to draw up protocols.

Under the plan, there will need to be mutual recognition of coronavirus tests in countries that want to allow travellers to enter from abroad, for work or leisure, in order to shorten or completely circumvent quarantine if a negative coronavirus test is presented.

Britain is also expected to be part of the plan until it leaves the European Union at the end of the year, but could remain part of it after Brexit, writes The Telegraph.

Last week, EU members harmonized the criteria for marking regions by the number of infected, which should help end the current confusing situation caused by the different definition of zones.

According to The Telegraph, the agreed guidelines should be confirmed on Tuesday at a meeting of foreign ministers.

 

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 460 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 224 measures taken due to speeding, 13 measures due to improper overtaking, 23 measures for improper stop and parking, 63 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.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic caused chaos in the travel industry this year it would appear that the real estate market in Croatia is more resilient.

In the second quarter of 2020 property prices across Croatia rose by 1.8 percent compared to the first quarter of the year, and when compared to the second quarter of 2019 they increased by 8.3 percent. New figures released by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics measured the current real estate market in Croatia using the house price index and it clearly shows that property prices are still climbing.

The price of new builds increased by on average 3.4 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2020 and 4.5 percent compared to the second quarter of 2019. Whilst older buildings increased by 1.6 percent compared to the first quarter of the year and 8.8 percent when compared with the same quarter from last year.

The City of Zagreb, which has been an “in” destination for a few years, saw the highest increase in real estate prices. The average price of property in the capital climbed by 8.7 percent, when compared to the second quarter of 2020, whilst on the Adriatic property prices rose by 5.9 percent.

 

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