Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


A new drive-in Covid-19 testing station has been opened in the lower parking lot of the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Covid-19 testing is performed every working day and on Saturdays from 7.30am to 10.00am.

According to the Dubrovnik General Hospital, testing for Covid-19 is applicable only to people without symptoms and signs of illness or want to be tested on personal request.

People wishing to pay for Covid-19 testing should order via e-mail - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – with their name and surname, date of birth, MB or OIB (for foreign citizens passport number and citizenship), e-mail address if they want the finding to be delivered by e-mail, mobile phone number and a note if they want the results in English.

The price of the test is 1,200 Kuna. The hospital recommends that visitors, if they come by car, park next to the prefabricated building, wait, turn off the vehicle and do not get out of the car until the hospital staff calls them. It is mandatory to come to the test with a mask, and the results are ready within 24 hours.


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The awareness of Croatian citizens about the importance of savings has not changed in the last year despite the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and 83 percent of them think it is important to save, and the average savings are 479 Kuna per month, according to a survey by Erste Bank.

The survey was conducted in September for Erste Bank on a sample of 500 respondents by the IMAS agency.

Most respondents who consider savings important belong to the age group between 15 and 29, as many as 92 percent.

The motives for saving are various, so most respondents save to create a financial background for unpredictable situations (77 percent), 21 percent save for when they get older, or retirement, and a smaller part for education and training (four percent).

The average amount of monthly savings of Croatian citizens increased by 10 Kuna compared to last year, to an average of 479 Kuna a month. Men save an average of 513 Kuna a month, and women 450 Kuna. Nearly 60 percent of savers said they saved the same amount as in the past few years, while 21 percent said they saved slightly less this year, mostly due to rising living costs, while incomes remained the same.

About 41 percent of respondents use savings accounts to save their money, slightly less than in 2019, when 43 percent of respondents kept their money that way. Likewise, 18 percent of respondents keep funds in the form of life insurance and the percentage of those who save in cash has increased slightly, from nine to 10 percent.

Erste conducted the survey in other countries as well. The Austrians save the most money on a monthly basis, 272 Euros, which is 13 Euros more than last year. They are followed by Slovaks and Czechs with 113 and 109 Euros, respectively, while the fourth place is shared by Croats and Hungarians who save the same amount of 63 Euros per month, while the savings of Hungarians decreased by two Euros compared to last year. According to the survey, Romanians save 59 Euros a month and Serbs 44 Euros, an increase of four Euros from last year.


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If the citizens of the European Union were to decide in the next US presidential election, incumbent President Donald Trump would have no chance, according to a survey by the Bertlesmann Foundation published on Wednesday.

"Only 17 percent of those polled would vote for Donald Trump, 45 percent would vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden," the Bertersmann Foundation in Gueterslohe said in a statement.

But at the same time, 38 per cent of those polled at EU level would not vote for any of the candidates. The only country where Trump would win would be Poland, where 38 percent of those polled would vote for the incumbent president. Trump enjoys the weakest support in Germany, where 10 percent of those polled would vote for him. The survey also showed low confidence in US democracy, which for many years served as a political model for European countries, and especially for Germany, reports HINA.

"EU citizens' trust in American democracy is low. Fifty-two percent of those polled believe the US democratic system is not working," the statement said. In Germany, 61 percent of respondents believe in the dysfunctionality of American democracy.

The only country that has confidence in the functionality of American democracy is again Poland. EU citizens feel that ties with the US have weakened, but they still see the country as a much more important partner than China.

"Four years of Donald Trump's rule have left their mark. EU citizens do recognize the importance of Euro-Atlantic relations, but they are sober when it comes to what is important for these relations," said Isabell Hoffmann, one of the study's authors.

The study was conducted on a sample of 14,000 respondents with data for the EU and especially for Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. The survey was also conducted in Croatia, but the number of respondents is too small for a special evaluation of data.

"We also conducted a survey in Croatia, but the sample is too small to make reliable statements for this EU member state," Hoffmann said when asked by Hina.

The Bertelsmann Foundation deals with political and social issues and publishes on a regular basis studies that meet with a strong media response in Germany.


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On the exchange rate list of the Croatian National Bank (CNB) established on Wednesday, the Kuna weakened against all major foreign currencies on Tuesday, except for the Euro, against which it strengthened, if only slightly, by 0.005 percent.

The middle exchange rate of the euro on the exchange rate of the central bank determined today is 7.573235 Kuna.

Against the US dollar, the Kuna weakened by 0.65 percent, against the Franc by 0.38 percent and the Pound by 0.13 percent.

From tomorrow, the middle exchange rate of the dollar is 6.452445 Kuna, the Franc of 7.077790 Kuna and the Pound 8.369140 Kuna.


In the last 24 hours, 2,378 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in Croatia, and 23 people died, which is the most since the beginning of the epidemic in Croatia, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Wednesday.

The number of deaths is higher than yesterday, when there was also a black record for the number of deaths with 18.

The number of active cases of Covid-19 in Croatia is currently 12,736, and among them 932 people are in hospital. There are 68 people on ventilators.
Since February 25, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, 40,999 people have been infected with coronavirus, of which 493 have died.

A total of 27,770 people have recovered, of which 930 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 14,924 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 466,315 people have been tested, of which 8,589 in the last 24 hours.


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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 58 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 25 men and 11 women from Dubrovnik, nine men and three women from the borough of Župa, two men and two women from Konavle, one man and two women from Vela Luka, two women from Blato and one man from Ston. A total of 33 epidemiological links have been established for them.

On a positive note 31 people have made a full recovery - 9 each from Dubrovnik and Metković, six from Vela Luka, two each from Župa dubrovačka and from Mljet, and one person each from Konavle, Kula Norinska and Ploče.

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

In the last 24 hours, 217 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 18,695 samples have been analyzed.

There are 421 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.


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Croatian Health Minister, Vili Beros, announced a full mobilization of the health system across the country as new cases of Covid-19 continue to remain high.

"I think it's time for a complete mobilization. I'm talking about the need for everyone to function in order to respond to this agreement to the maximum," Beros said in the introduction.

"We want to achieve the mobilization of the entire system. We did not intend to have retired doctors treating Covid-19 patients. This is not a formal announcement because it is valid from March 14, but more as an appeal," the Health Minister said, reports N1.

He did not answer how many doctors responded to the call to activate from retirement. "We have 73,000 health and non-health workers. By redistribution, we will try to meet the needs for as long as possible. We must have all options open, it is better that they are there ready, than to start looking for them when needed," Beros said.

Beroš also said that two days ago he ordered the Croatian Public Health Institute to create a register of health professionals who had contracted coronavirus.

He confirmed that 10 more ventilators would be sent to the Dubrava Hospital in Zagreb today.


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Amazon announced on Tuesday that it had hired 100,000 people ahead of the Christmas holidays, which confirmed the good business of the e-commerce giant.

These new fixed-term jobs have been added to the company’s major recruitment campaigns in recent months organized in response to an increase in online orders since the start of the pandemic. Amazon had more than 875,000 employees worldwide at the end of June 2020.

In late July, when announcing the results, the Seattle-based company said it had already created more than 175,000 jobs since March of which 125,000 would become permanent. In mid-September, it added another 100,000 jobs in the United States and Canada. Most of these are jobs in warehouses, in preparing packages and sending them.

In August, Amazon decided to hire 3,500 engineers, computer scientists and administrative staff in the United States. The company has made enough net profit to invest.

The situation in Amazon is the opposite of the situation in a number of large companies hard hit by the pandemic-related economic crisis. A month ago, multinational companies Disney, American Airlines and United Airlines shared 60,000 layoffs.


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