Wednesday, 02 December 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 33 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (of which 1 case was determined by a rapid antigen test).

These new cases include - 17 people from Metković, 5 people from Opuzen, 4 people from Ploče, 3 people from Slivno and 2 people from Dubrovnik and Zažablje.

A total of 15 males and 18 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 11 individuals.

Unfortunately, one more person has passed away from Covid-19, a male from Metković (born in 1929).

On a positive note 32 people were cured - 16 from Dubrovnik, 5 from Metković, 2 people from Korčula, Opuzen and Župa dubrovačka, 1 person from Blato, Konavle, Orebić and Ploče and 1 person who does not reside in the county.

54 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, four patients are on invasive ventilation, and one patient is on non-invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 124 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 25,157 samples have been analysed.

There are 749 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, 1 violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

 

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Are we about to see an invasion of Americans in Dubrovnik? One of the most respected American publications has selected the pearl of the Adriatic as a top destination for Americans. Dubrovnik has been named in the top twenty destinations for Americans to live, work and invest, by Forbes.com.

Even though the actual number of Americans living in Dubrovnik is probably under 30 this new article could soon change that. Over the past few years US tourists have been the second most numerous in Dubrovnik, mainly thanks to direct flights by American Airlines from Philadelphia and interest in seeing the main location from Game of Thrones, and this inflow of US tourist has indeed led to a few buying real estate or deciding to stay on a longer basis.

“Even if the fate of Donald Trump isn’t driving your decision, you may be considering a life abroad or dreaming of making a move across the ocean to Europe. Based on various criteria including the presence of an international school, quality of life, health care system, internet connection, proximity to airports with international flights, cost of living, active expat community and low crime rate, the Best European Destinations (EBD) organization has revealed its rankings for the top European places for American expats to live, invest, retire and create new projects,” writes Forbes.

Based on these criteria Dubrovnik finished in the top 20 world destinations for American to work, rest and play, out of a total of 120 different cities.

With its international universities, the RIT and Libertas University, Dubrovnik draws lots of attention from students from all over the world.

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RIT students in Croatia - Photo RIT 

“Bill and Hilary Clinton love this vacation destination. Discover it for a stay or drop your luggage there for a few months or permanently. Dubrovnik is the talk of the Adriatic, an incredible city that has inspired many artists, designers, screenwriters and filmmakers,” writes Forbes.

The article also suggests the possibility of starting a business in Dubrovnik and uses the example of a wedding planner company. “The destination is recognized as one of the best for wedding proposals and some of its hotels are ranked among the best for a wedding ceremonies in Europe,” writes Forbes.

 

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If you forgot to wear your face mask you could be in for a hefty fine from the end of this week. The fine for not wearing your face mask could be between 500 and 1,500 Kuna. It was a busy weekend for lawmakers and politicians who spent Saturday and Sunday discussing amendments to the law, with the Law on Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases the top of the list.

It is rumoured that three articles to the law will be changed or introduced, these are the wearing of protective face masks, public gatherings and private parties. It is believed that today by 3.00pm the government will release more details, including the size of the fine for breaking the regulations.

Of these three article the wearing, or rather not wearing, of face masks will probably see the most penalties. Namely, the obligation to wear masks applies to all closed spaces, but also to open ones where a physical distance of one and a half meters cannot be maintained. This second rule could mean that if three people are sitting on a park bench less than a metre and a half away from each other they could all be fined.

The size of the fine for not wearing a mask has yet to be released but it is rumoured to be between 500 and 1,500 Kuna. And the fines will increase for repeat offenders. All these new laws and indeed fines could be in place by Friday of this week.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 2919 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 23,062.

There are currently 2,273 people in hospital across the country and 260 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 57 people has passed away in Croatia due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 126,612 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 1,712 have passed away, a total of 101,838 people have recovered, of which 3,373 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 50,603 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 744,319 people have been tested, of which 8,217 in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 45 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (15 cases were determined by a rapid antigen test).

These new cases include - 12 people from Dubrovnik, 11 from Metković, seven from Vela Luka, three from Konavle, Opuzen and Župa dubrovačka, two from Smokvica and one each from Blato, the Dubrovacko Primorje, Lastovo and Ston.

A total of 24 males and 21 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 18 individuals.

Unfortunately, three people have passed away - one male from Dubrovnik (born in 1933), and two males from Konavle (born in 1931 and 1933).

On a positive note 33 people have made a full recovery - ten from Dubrovnik, five from Metković, four from Blato, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka, one each from Konavle, Kula Norinska, Opuzen and Vela Luka, and two people who do not reside in the county.

54 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, one patient is on oxygen, one is on non-invasive ventilation, and three are on invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 208 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 25,033 samples have been analysed.

There are 789 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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The first advent candle in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik was lit last night by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković.

The Advent wreath, or Advent crown, is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent. The first candle that was lit last night represents hope.

The Dubrovnik Advent wreath is placed in the heart of the Old City, directly in front of the Rector’s Palace.

“This will be an unusual Advent, Christmas, as well as New Year's Eve. The most important thing is to stay healthy,” - said the mayor.

With the blessing of the Advent wreath, prayers were led by the cathedral pastor, Don Marin Lučić. And due to epidemiological measures, the ceremony was held without a church choir.

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After contracting a mild fever, the wife of Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, Ana Maslać-Plenković, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement signed by government spokesman Marko Milić.

As a result, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković tested for coronavirus on Saturday, and his test was negative. In line with the regulations the Prime Minister was given an epidemiological measure of self-isolation for 10 days.

The Prime Minister will continue to perform his activities and obligations from home. The Prime Minister has no symptoms, and tomorrow he will have his first online meeting with ministers about new measures to help the economy and amendments to the Law on Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases in the form of prescribing penalties for not wearing masks.

 

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The world-renowned Croatian scientist, Ivan Đikić, said in a guest appearance for Serbian television NovaS that if the majority of the population is vaccinated when the vaccine arrives, in a little over a year our lives could return to normal.

Europe is currently a kind of world hotspot, and Đikić believes that this is due to too many concessions during the summer.

“In the spring, Eastern European countries, including Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, reacted on time and correctly and had very good results. On the other hand, Western European countries learned a serious lesson in the spring. Now they have reacted much more seriously, introduced stricter measures and citizens are much more motivated. In contrast, in Eastern European countries it is now more critical, "said Đikić.

He also argued that there are three main rules in the fight against coronavirus, and that is that we need to test more, that we need to locate viruses and act locally to isolate the virus from spreading further.

Đikić also established that the responsibility of politicians in crisis situations is of great importance. States need transparent leaders who will show accurate data, and the result is responsible behaviour from citizens.

He also believes that the vaccine is the best protection and the best way to fight the coronavirus. "It takes two to three months to vaccinate, to vaccinate the population, to create collective immunity. Then we need a few months of careful living, patience, measures that are moderate and then there is a real chance that we can say that by the end of 2021, that 2022 will be a normal year with all the freedoms, travel, smiles, children's schooling. That is not optimistic, but based on data," Đikić concluded.

 

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