Thursday, 16 September 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 Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, commented on the fact that today the whole of Croatia is now classified in the red zone on the latest European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Croatia’s move into the European red zone was certainly not unexpected as new case numbers have been steadily growing over the past weeks and the minister gave his opinion on why this has happened on his Twitter account.

"We are in the red. This is partly the result of non-vaccination and non-compliance with epidemiological measures. The way out is as many vaccinated people as possible, which raises the level of protection for everyone!” wrote Minister Beroš on Twitter this morning.

As of September 8, 43.13 percent of the total population and 51.79 percent of the adult population had been vaccinated. On September 8, 6,240 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,499 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.

Croatia has turned completely red on the latest Covid-19 map of Europe published every Thursday by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. This move into the red zone was probably expected given the huge increase in new Covid cases over recent days. And although the map is largely used by European members as advice rather than a hard and fats rule the fact that Croatia is now red may have some effect on the tourism industry.

The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, commented for Dubrovacki Vjesnik on the current state of the Covid and travel situation, and whether this move into the red zone will end tourism in the city for this season.

“I would not now invoke the blackest scenario that happened to us last year and which led to a lockdown, however I also think that our guests will not continue to come with the same intensity as before,” stated the mayor.


He added that “I think that we will still finish the season, but we are very worried about the growth of the infected, and even more so the number of those who need hospital treatment. We can’t do much, but we can still, no matter how much anti-vaxxers dislike it, constantly call on people to get vaccinated to protect their own lives first, and then other people’s lives. We never know whether we will be the ones to be hit by the most severe form of the disease.”

Reactions to the news of Croatia's into the European red zone hasn’t been met with shock and disbelief, in fact it was expected. For the last couple of weeks the country has experienced an increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections. The only green countries on the ECDC map of Europe are Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland.

Organized by the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik Hotel and with the support of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, a journalist from the popular British digital edition of The Evening Standard magazine, Elizabeth Dee Edmonds, is staying in Dubrovnik from September 8 to 12 and preparing a report on the Rixos Premium Dubrovnik Hotel and Dubrovnik. During her several-day stay in Dubrovnik, the journalist will enjoy the gastronomic offer of Dubrovnik and visit the most important cultural and historical sights of the city and its surroundings.


In Dubrovnik, the British journalist of The Evening Standard was welcomed by the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnić, who welcomed her with a souvenir. Ana Hrnić and Elizabeth Dee Edmonds talked about the importance of the British market, which is traditionally the most important emitting market, and also about raising awareness among British readers about Dubrovnik as one of the safest destinations in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik and its surroundings, as one of the most popular destinations for the British and an established tourist brand on the British market, are an ideal combination of cultural and historical heritage, natural beauty and gastronomic offer.

In the British digital edition of The Evening Standard, which reaches up to 100 million views per month, an article about Dubrovnik will be published by the end of September.

The British market is the most important emitting market in Dubrovnik, whose tourists are currently again at the top of the list of the most numerous tourists in Dubrovnik. There are currently 3,045 Britons in Dubrovnik, while there were 18,565 British guests in August, which is 53 percent more than in August 2020.

The National Civil Protection Headquarters has published new data on coronavirus infections in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 941 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,335.

Among them, 554 people are in hospital, of which 58 are on ventilators. 

Unfortunately, a further 10 people died in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 380,904 people have been infected, of which 8,405 died, a total of 367,164 people have recovered, of which 605 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 10,644 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,628,116 people have been tested, of which 9,987 in the last 24 hours.

As of September 8, 3,314,168 doses of vaccine had been consumed, and 43.13% of the total population and 51.79% of the adult population had been vaccinated. On September 8, 6,240 doses of vaccine were consumed, of which 3,499 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.

The whole of Croatia has turned red on the new coronavirus map released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) on Thursday. For several weeks in a row, the situation in Croatia has been changing for the worse and the red ranking was unfortunately expected.

On last week's map, eastern and central Croatia were in red, but Zagreb, coastal counties and northern Croatia remained in orange. The transition of the whole of Croatia to red was expected as the number of infected people has increased significantly in the last week.

The ECDC Epidemiological Map for Europe is published each week based on the 14-day incidence and the proportion of positive tests in the total number tested.

The ECDC map is advisory, but some Member States rely on it when introducing epidemiological restrictions upon return to the country.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 55 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 23 males and 32 females: 24 from Dubrovnik, seven from Konavle, five from Blato and Župa dubrovačka, four from Metković and Ston, three from Mljet and one from Dubrovačko primorje, Kula Norinska and Ploče.

20 people made a full recovery: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Konavle and Korčula, two from Župa dubrovačka and one from Kula Norinska and Ploče.

In the last 24 hours, 618 samples were processed, and a total of 128,289 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

30 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.

There are 643 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.

The average price of a square metre of a new apartment in Croatia in the first half of this year was 13,385 Kuna or around 1,800 Euros, which is 4.4 percent more than in the same period in 2020, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

The average price per square metre of a new apartment in Zagreb was 14,127 Kuna or around 1,900 Euros, which is 1.2 percent less than the year before, and in other regions 12,347 Kuna or 9.6 percent more.

The average price per square meter of new apartments sold by companies and other legal entities, amounted to 13,550 Kuna in Croatia in the first half of this year, which is 4.7 percent more than in the same period last year, stated the CBS.

CBS data also shows that in the first half of 2021, 2,365 new apartments were sold in Croatia, of which 1,409 were in Zagreb and 956 in other regions.

In the last year of Milan Bandić's mayoral term of Zagreb, 427 people signed work contracts with the City of Zagreb, with the former mayor’s friends and associates the “lucky” beneficiaries of millions of Kuna, writes Jutarnji list writes on Thursday.

A total of 9.942 million Kuna was paid from the Zagreb city budget for all services ordered through such contracts in 2020. In May of this year, the new City Control Office became interested in how and for what exactly where these huge budget millions were spent, and audited the conclusion and execution of employment contracts in all city administrative bodies.

As expected, old Bandić's friends and associates were among the lucky ones who agreed on fat fees with the City of Zagreb.

Bandić passed away from a heart attack in February 2021. And in 2021 the Zagreb local elections were held at which Tomislav Tomašević from the political party “Možemo!” (We Can!) won and became the new mayor.

Tomašević promised a whole range of actions and policies to clear the corruption of the previous mayor and to introduce a transparent method of work.

And now Jutarnji List has reported that as many as 427 people received at least 16,000 Kuna a month for their work during the last year of the Bandić regime.


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