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The Croatian Tourism Association has launched a new website www.croatiacovid19.info clearly showing the number of new and active cases of Covid-19. The map of Croatia is divided into four separate regions, North Coast (Istria and Kvarner), South Coast (Dalmatia), Central Croatia (Zagreb and surroundings) and Eastern Croatia.
The website, which is simple in design, is aimed at informing citizens and tourists of the current Covid-19 situation across Croatia.
"We hope that this corona region tracker will help in planning a vacation for all guests coming to Croatia," stated the Croatian Tourism Association.
It can also be clearly seen from this new website that the Croatian coast has 25 new Covid-19 cases and 290 active cases in total. Whilst the continental areas of Croatia have many more cases, with 73 new cases and 701 active cases.
This very kind of definition of Covid-19 cases in different regions of Croatia is what both the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, and the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, have been calling for in response to The Netherlands placing Croatia on the yellow rating or risk.
Check out the new Covid-19 Croatia map HERE
Over the past 24 hours 81 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Croatia, meaning that currently the number of active cases is 1,032.
139 people are currently in hospital, with nine patients on a ventilator and over the past 24 hours, 1,136 people were tested.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, 4,715 people have been infected, 3,555 people have recovered, and 128 people have died so far. So far, a total of 109,358 people have been tested, of which 1,136 were tested in the past 24 hours.
The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, revealed the number of new cases at the Government session, at the same time correcting the head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, who initially stated that today we have 84 new cases.
"Today we have 84 newly infected, which is a slightly lower number than in previous days. The numbers are a little down, there is a slight downward trend, which we hope will intensify," said Krunoslav Capak, after meeting in the Government.
In the past 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County 1 new case of Covid-19 has been recorded. The latest person to contract the virus is an elderly woman from Blato for whom an epidemiological link has been established.
On a positive note four people in the county have made a full recovery, 2 from Dubrovnik, 1 from Metkovic and 1 from Ston.
A total of 2 people are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and there are no patients on a ventilator. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,599 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.
There are currently 244 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.
Today, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, sent a letter to the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, following the decision of the Netherlands to mark Croatia as an unsafe country to travel due to coronavirus.
This decision has consequently led to a reduction in reservations and sales of tourist arrangements from the Dutch market, points out Mayor Franković. As statistics from Croatia are only sent to the European Centre for Disease Control from two different regions a clear picture of the Covid-19 situation in the country isn’t available.
Mayor Franković believes that such a data submission regime leads to a distorted picture of certain regions in the Republic of Croatia. Therefore, on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik, he proposed to the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters that the data sent daily be divided by counties, or, if this is not possible, the mayor recommends division into five regions, according to the one on the crest on the Croatian flag.
"I believe that a more detailed regime of sharing and sending data to the European Centre for Disease Control would change the tourist picture of Croatia for the better and would stand out as an epidemiologically safe country," the mayor said in a letter, warning: "If European countries start putting us on list of undesirable countries, there will be a complete collapse of our primary economic branch - tourism, which would mean that most Croatian coastal cities and municipalities, but also our economic entities, cannot survive. Therefore, I ask you to statistically divide Croatia into several regions, and it is up to us to implement all the measures you have recommended within our regions with the aim of minimizing the possibility of infection," concluded Mayor Franković addressing the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.
On Thursday, the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, sent a proposal to the Chief of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, Davor Božinović, for the introduction of stricter epidemiological links in order to preserve tourism.
The Prefect thanked Božinović and all members of the Staff for their excellent work in combating the coronavirus pandemic in our country and pointed out that we must react urgently because the countries that represent our emitting markets put us on restrictive lists.
"These days we are witnessing the placing of Croatia on restrictive lists by some important countries in tourism for us, such as Slovenia, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Latvia, Ireland, and there are indications that Germany is preparing such a thing. However, along the whole coast, the epidemiological situation is very good, we assume that such decisions were influenced by figures at the state level. From the data available to us, the conclusion is that a large number of infected people in the continental part of Croatia is the result of gatherings in nightclubs, weddings and other ceremonies with a large number of participants. We believe that it is possible and necessary to limit these,” stated Dobroslavić.
He added that “We ask the headquarters to consider the introduction of stricter restrictions for such events, because we believe that the price we could pay in tourism is too high in relation to the price that our fellow citizens would suffer."
Organized by the Croatian Tourist Board in Frankfurt, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the German Deutsche Welle television crew and editor Elisabeth Koetter are in Dubrovnik, filming a TV report on Dubrovnik. Deutsche Welle satellite program is broadcast worldwide on four channels - in English, German, Spanish and Arabic, and the broadcasting service is also available in 30 different foreign languages.
"Dubrovnik contains an ideal combination of history, culture and sunny weather, making it an ideal choice for Deutsche Welle's travel TV report. The TV report will show the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik, and will be broadcast in the popular show "Check - in". The people of Dubrovnik completely delighted us with their hospitality and that is why we will return to Dubrovnik and continue to discover and film the entire region", said the director Elisabeth Koetter.
Deutsche Welle is not the only German television to record in Dubrovnik this July. Recently, a report on Dubrovnik was filmed by the German television ProSieben for the popular show Taff, as well as by the German TV company ARD / WDR.
The German market is one of the most important travel markets in Dubrovnik. In previous years, German tourists were in third place on the top list of the most numerous guests in Dubrovnik, and this year in July they are in first place. Last year, 111,446 German tourists stayed in Dubrovnik.
Dubrovnik is connected by direct flights to several German destinations. Croatia Airlines connects Frankfurt and Dubrovnik five times a week, once a week Düsseldorf and once a week Munich, while Lufthansa connects Dubrovnik and Munich four times a week and Dubrovnik and Frankfurt four times a week.
The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, commented on behalf of the government on the fact that the Netherlands had put Croatia on the orange Covid-19 list: "The news that Croatia has not given the Netherlands enough data to assess the situation in Croatia is completely incorrect."
He explained how data on new cases and fatalities are being sent across the EU.
"We do not send any data directly to the Netherlands unless they request it, nor do they send it to us directly. The EU has its own agency called ECDC, the European Office for Disease Prevention and Control, through which we all send structured data, by county. We send them every day, we are one of the most orderly countries according to WHO and ECDC," he said.
“The Netherlands put us on that orange list and I hope they will take us off it in a few days,” Capak said.
In the past 24 hours there have been 104 new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia. This means that the number of active cases of Covid-19 across Croatia is 1,112, among which 132 people are currently in hospital and seven patients are on a ventilator.
Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours in Croatia three people have died due to Covid-19.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 4,634 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 128 have died and 3,394 have made a full recovery.
There are currently 3,609 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 108,222 people have been tested, of which 1,417 were tested in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Thursday.