Wednesday, 28 July 2021
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.


The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a public invitation for vaccination against coronavirus, which will take place on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at the Student Dormitory Dubrovnik.

From 8:00 am to 11:00 am, all Croatian citizens will be able to be vaccinated, and from 11:00 am to 12 noon foreign citizens.

So far, about three million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been consumed in Croatia. According to data published by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, 1,620,106 people have been vaccinated with the first dose by July 24.

The highest coverage of vaccinated with the first dose was achieved in the City of Zagreb, 46.1 percent of the total population, i.e. 55.8 percent of the adult population.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 40 percent of the total population have received the first dose of the vaccine, which puts the county in seventh place in Croatia, and 36.5 percent of the population of the county have been fully vaccinated, the fifth position in the country.

Malta leads Europe in terms of vaccination coverage, with 73 percent of the population fully vaccinated, followed by Iceland with 70 percent and the UK with 56 percent, according to the website Our World in Data. And Oxford-AstraZeneca is the most widely used vaccine with 180 countries using it, followed by Pfizer-BioNTech with 111 countries.


Brits are set to splash out a whopping £648,610,593 on trips to Croatia this year, new analysis has revealed.

While many holidaymakers missed out on a summer break abroad last year, new data suggests more than 850,000 Brits will jet to Croatia this year following the latest travel announcement from the UK Government.

The prediction, comes based off analysis by travel health experts Practio, which analysed 10 years of historic Office for National Statistics data, looking at every single trip made out of the country by UK citizens. Researchers at Practio have been able to forecast the holiday destinations set to benefit the most from Britain’s express vaccine rollout.

Brits look set to flash the cash in Croatia, with £762.97 expected to be spent per visit by travel starved Brits.

Commenting on the research, Dr Jonas Nilsen, managing director and co-founder of Practio said:

“We wanted to pull this exhaustive research together to understand UK travel trends over the past ten years, but also to give us an idea of what this means for travel in the future. Travel was mostly out of the question in 2020 and many of us are hoping for its return in 2021. By predicting future trends, we can better equip travellers and businesses that thrive off tourism by helping them to prepare for what's to come and how they can make the most of Brits’ travel habits.

“It’s also been great to see some of the emerging trends and how travel is changing, we’re seeing the go-to destinations start to change with more money being spent in countries further afield, which should be a good sign for the future of the travel industry beyond the pandemic.”

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours. It is a male person from Metković.

Six people made a full recovery - two from Dubrovnik and four from Konavle.

In the last 24 hours, 139 samples were processed, and a total of 95,645 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

Seven people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 342 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, three cases of violation of the self-isolation measure have been recorded.


The Croatian Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Brnjac, said that the period from July 15 to August 15 is crucial for our tourism because it accounts for approximately 35 percent of total tourist traffic and that if we continue to receive tourists and adhere to epidemiological measures, Croatia could see 60 percent of the number of tourists from 2019.

She stressed that the data so far in tourism is extremely good, especially for July, which is 80 percent compared to the record 2019. And stressed the importance of tourism for the Croatian economy by stating that during this peak period the country earns around 100 million Euros a day.

"We currently have 850,000 tourists in Croatia," she said, adding that there have been more than 5.3 million tourist arrivals since the beginning of the year. When we look at overnight stays, she pointed out, that’s roughly 30 million overnight stays.

This means, according to the Minister, that the numbers are very good and if we continue at this pace, we can expect that, if compliance with epidemiological measures continues, we can be at about 60 percent of 2019.

She also stated that the age structure of tourists in Croatia is approximately 30 to 50 years, who rank safety as the most important factor when choosing a destination. She pointed out that five-star hotels and campsites have seen the most amount of guests.


Split Airport is the busiest port in Croatia, and only this weekend 180 planes with 32 thousand passengers passed through the airport, according to data from Split Airport. In fact, this weekend is the busiest weekend this year for Split Airport.

"If the situation does not worsen, we could have more than 300,000 passengers in July. It is difficult to say anything in advance because no one knows how the situation will develop," said Mate Melvan, the head of the Passenger Reception and Dispatch Service at Split Airport.

He pointed out that Split Airport is monitoring what is happening and added that this year's tourist season is extremely good compared to last year, which was the worst tourist season so far. "We are in a better position at the moment," said Melvan.


On Saturday, July 24, the number of applied doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in Croatia reached 3 million the Croatian Institute of Public Health (CIPH) announced on Sunday.

A total of 1,620,106 people were vaccinated with the first dose, of whom 1,385,270 were vaccinated with two doses, while in total 1,429,990 people have been fully vaccinated as 44,720 have received the Janssen vaccine.

“Even after consuming more than 3 million doses, the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (HALMED) has not received a single report of a suspected fatal side effect that has been found to be related to vaccination. Of the 4,435 reports of suspected adverse reactions received, the most commonly reported adverse reactions were fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, general weakness, fatigue, nausea and joint pain. These are the expected side effects,” stated the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak.

The highest coverage of those vaccinated with the first dose was achieved in the City of Zagreb (46.1 percent of the total population, i.e. 55.8 percent of the adult population), and the completed vaccination was also achieved in the City of Zagreb (40.4 percent of the total population, i.e. 48.9 percent of the adult population), announced CNIPH.


In the past 24 hours, 125 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, so the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 1,009. Among them, 137 people are in hospital, of which 13 are on ventilators. In the past 24 hours, 129 people recovered, and 5,979 were tested.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 362,621 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 125 were infected in the past 24 hours.

353,367 people have recovered, of which 129 recovered in the past 24 hours.

There were no recorded deaths in the past 24 hours. A total of 8,245 people have died since the pandemic began.

To date, a total of 2,248,466 people have been tested, of which 5,979 in the last 24 hours.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 12 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are five males and seven females - three each from Dubrovnik and Korčula, two from Župa dubrovačka and one each from Konavle, Lumbarda, Smokvica and Vela Luka.

Seven people made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik and one each from Opuzen, Konavle and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 623 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 95,506 samples have been analysed.

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

There are 318 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 no violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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