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In the last 24 hours, 4,443 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 33,760. Among them, 2,378 people are in hospital, of which 289 are on ventilators.
Unfortunately, a further 50 people died in the past 24 hours.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 544,330 people have been infected, of which 9,986 have died, a total of 500,584 people have recovered, of which 4,695 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 24,144 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 3,288,144 people have been tested, of which 12,911 were tested in the last 24 hours.
As of 15.11.2021 3,871,196 doses of vaccine had been used, and 50.76 percent of the total population and 60.66 percent of the adult population had been vaccinated. On 15.11.2021, 19,884 doses of vaccine were used, of which 12,149 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 115 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
These new cases are 50 males and 65 females: 54 from Dubrovnik, 13 from Konavle, 10 each from Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka, 6 from Opuzen, 5 from Ston, 4 from Korčula, 2 from Kula Norinska and one person from Zažablje.
One male person from Dubrovnik died (1994).
139 people made a recovery: 45 from Dubrovnik, 24 from Metković, 23 from Konavle, 19 from Župa dubrovačka, 7 from Vela Luka, four people each from Blato, Opuzen and Ston, 3 from Orebić and one person each from Dubrovačko Primorje, Korčula, Kula Norinska, Lumbarda, from Mljet and from Ploče.
In the last 24 hours, 673 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 162,014 samples have been analysed.
55 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, eight patients required intensive care and were on ventilators.
There are 1,452 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been two violations of the self-isolation measure.
The action to raise enough signatures across Croatia to bring about a referendum on the introduction of the Euros as the official currency in Croatia has failed. The political party, Croatian Sovereigntists, organised the action to collect signatures but have failed to raise enough to force a referendum.
Just over 334,582 signatures were collected in the action, which missed the goal of 500,000 to bring about a referendum.
"Unfortunately, we have not reached half a million," said the party at a press conference.
"We thank everyone, both citizens and volunteers. We will continue our struggle through the institutions, but we emphasize that Croatia is not yet ready for the euro", said the Croatian Sovereigntists. Croatia is on course to introduce the Euro as the official currency in early 2023.
The tourist season has come to an abrupt halt in Dubrovnik, as the flight schedule ends so has the tourist season.
Whereas a few weeks ago, in the middle of October, there were around 7,000 tourists in the city that number has plummeted to 853.
According to the eVisitor system, there were 853 tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend, which is 40 percent of the number at this time in 2019. The most numerous were tourists from Croatia, followed by guests from the USA, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, France and Germany.
Since the beginning of the year, 508 thousand tourists have arrived in the city and close to one million and 885 thousand overnight stays have been recorded, which is 44 percent of the tourist traffic realized in the same period in 2019.
From tomorrow, 16 November 2021, the City of Dubrovnik will start implementing the decision on the introduction of a special measure of mandatory testing of officials, civil servants and employees in public services, officials and employees in local and regional self-government and employees of companies and institutions.
In accordance with the decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, to enter the official premises of the city administration it will be necessary to present an EU digital COVID certificate or other appropriate evidence of vaccination, recovery or testing, with a personal identification document. In addition to employees, the same documents must be presented by all persons who come to the official premises, including parties, service providers or other persons who come to the premises of the city administration on any basis.
The City of Dubrovnik has provided testing for its employees, and all citizens are asked to prepare the required documents and respect the prescribed provisions upon arrival at the official premises. It is noted that adherence to epidemiological measures is still mandatory indoors.
At the end of September, there were 202,975 employees in crafts and trades and freelancers in Croatia, which is 3.5 percent or 7,309 less than at the end of August, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
At the end of September, there were 184,967 employees in trades, which is 3.8 percent or 7,297 less than in August.
Statistics show that the number of employees in crafts and trades and freelancers on a monthly basis increased in seven areas of activity and ranges from 0.1 percent in professional, scientific and technical activities to 8.3 percent in mining and quarrying.
The number of employees fell in 12 areas of activity, ranging from 0.5 percent each in public administration and defense; compulsory social security and other service activities, up to 14.1 percent in the provision of accommodation and food preparation and serving.
There are four activities within crafts and trades and freelancers that generated more than 20 thousand employees in September, and most people worked in catering and tourism at the end of September, 30,971, which is 5,092 less than a month earlier, there were 26,025 employees in the manufacturing industry and in construction 23,274.
On Monday, the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament, Gordan Jandrokovic, did not want to say whether Croatia is considering the introduction of quarantine for citizens who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, but stressed that the current situation is unsustainable and that the state must take certain steps.
Due to the large number of people suffering from Covid-19, a lockdown for the unvaccinated came into force in Austria on Monday, the violation of which will be punished with 1,450 euros, and the government is also considering the introduction of curfew.
The fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is hitting Europe hard, was one of the topics of Jandroković's meeting with his Slovak counterpart Boris Kollar.
Asked to comment on Austrian measures, Jandroković answered "as many countries as there are approaches" and assessed that epidemiological measures in Croatia are not as rigorous as in Austria.
"It is crucial to protect the lives and health of our fellow citizens. It is completely clear that this situation, with such numbers of hospitalized and dying, is unsustainable and the state must take certain steps, not only to save lives and health, but also to ensure the functioning of the health system," he said.
Asked again if the Croatian authorities were considering the introduction of quarantine for non-vaccination, following the example of Austria, Jandrokovic said that "there is no need to answer that question, given that the measures announced by the government last week will take effect tomorrow."
From Tuesday, November 16, when coming to work, all public and state employees as well as those in local authorities will have to present an EU digital certificate, and for those who have not been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, a security measure of mandatory coronavirus testing will be introduced.
The construction of the Maritime Passenger Terminal is in full swing in Vela Luka. The construction of three ferry connections is underway. Two are 70 meters long and one is 150 meters long. At the same time, an operational area of 18,685 square meters is being built.
Waiting room for boarding personal vehicles for 361 vehicles, stop for 3 buses and 4 taxis, and parking for 20 vehicles.
The construction of this infrastructure project will meet the needs of transporting goods, passengers and vehicles from Split to Vela Luka for the entire western part of the island of Korcula, as well as beyond throughout the year, especially during the main part of the tourist season.
The contractor is the Split company "Pomgrad", and the project is mostly co-financed by the European Union from the Cohesion Fund. Completion is expected by the end of next year.