Friday, 22 January 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.

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 23 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (16 determined by a rapid antigen test).

These new cases are - 11 people from Dubrovnik, five from the Župa Dubrovacka, four from Konavle, two from Ploče and one from Metković.

A total of nine males and 14 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 19 of them.

19 people have made a full recovery - seven from Dubrovnik, three from Orebic, two each from Blato and Korcula, one each from Konavle, Kula Norinska, Ploce and Vela Luka, and one person who does not reside in our county.

31 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 153 samples were processed, and a total of 33,431 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 549 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been ten violations of the self-isolation measure (nine at border crossings).

 

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The Croatian Red Cross (HCK) reported on Saturday that in the last three days, more than 129 tons of food, 50,000 litres of water and 21,000 hot meals have been distributed in the earthquake-affected areas, and two new locations in Petrinja have been provided for accommodation.

They also distributed 172 heaters, 650 blankets, 39 generators and 700 packages of baby food and equipment.

HCK points out that they also provided psychosocial support for 1,600 people and organized 33 outdoor activities.

"Donations of humanitarian aid in larger quantities that require more complex logistics, and which are not clothing items, can be delivered to the Zagreb Fair, pavilion number 6," said HCK in a statement.

Until yesterday, a total of 36,392,944 Kuna in donations was paid, by both companies and individuals, for earthquake victims and funds are still being collected.

Here is the official Red Cross Link for those wishing to donate to the cause.

The donor phone - 060 90 11 – has so far received 69,169 calls, and collected a total of over 432,000 Kuna.

 

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As of today, January 2, legal changes in Croatia prohibit the use, purchase and possession of firecrackers and fireworks of categories F2 and F3 for personal use throughout the year. The use of pyrotechnics until the mentioned amendments to the act was allowed in the period from 27 December to 1 January.

The data of the Ministry of the Interior speak best about the justification of the ban on pyrotechnics for personal purposes. Namely, the Ministry of the Interior reported that after New Year's Eve, three people were seriously injured when using pyrotechnics, despite appeals from the Ministry of the Interior to refrain from using pyrotechnics, because of the victims of the catastrophic earthquake and people traumatized by earthquakes.

It is incredible that when Croatia and Croatians came together to support the victims of the massive earthquake that a few people still had the “need” to light fireworks and let off firecrackers.

Firecrackers have been proven to harm pets and other fauna. 'Animal Friends' points out that this ban is important for Croatia, for all its citizens, as well as for all animals.

 

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Today in Croatia, is the Day of Mourning for the victims of the earthquake that hit Sisak-Moslavina and the surrounding counties on December 29, took seven lives and caused great material damage.

The day of mourning is marked by the obligatory display of the flag of the Republic of Croatia at half-mast on all buildings in which state authorities and bodies of local and regional self-government units are located, and buildings in which the activity of legal entities is located or is performed.

Entertainment events cannot be held on the Day of Mourning, and legal entities that perform television and radio activities should adapt their programs to the celebration of the Day of Mourning, especially by broadcasting programs that by their nature correspond to the marking of the day.

The government made the decision to declare a Day of Mourning at a session on December 30, the day after a devastating earthquake that killed seven people.

 

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In the last 24 hours, two new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. It must be taken into account that over the holiday period fewer people were tested and in the past 24 hours only 40 tests were carried out in the county.

These new cases are one male and one female from Dubrovnik. An epidemiological link has been established for both individuals.

On a positive note 24 people have made a full recovery - 12 from Dubrovnik, three from Metković and Ploče, and one each from the Dubrovacko Primorje, Konavle, Kula Norinska and Opuzen.

31 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 40 samples were processed, and a total of 33,278 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 588 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been two violations of the self-isolation measure (both at border crossings).

 

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Firefighters from almost all of Croatia, who are helping firefighters from Sisak-Moslavina County, have been removing ruins in Petrinja, Glina, Sisak and surrounding settlements for five days now, directly rescuing more than 30 people and unfortunately leading to three firefighters sustaining injuries.

In rescue interventions in the rubble left by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake firefighters, using rescue dogs, saved more than 30 people from destroyed buildings.

Interventions included searching the area, removing dangerous parts of buildings, removing chimneys, covering roofs, cleaning pavements, marking dangerous places, transporting and delivering supplies, water and other necessities, the Croatian Fire Brigade said on Friday.

More than 800 firefighters, 220 fire trucks and 11 search dogs took part in the interventions in the entire area every day.

Chief Fire Commander Slavko Tucakovic also pointed out that a large number of interventions were recorded in neighbouring counties, and especially in the area of the City of Zagreb. He especially thanked the firefighters involved in collecting and delivering aid and helping the population through non-operational firefighting activities and asked citizens for patience.

"We ask the citizens for patience, because we have a lot of calls. The removal of dangerous parts of the facilities is ongoing, and we must take all measures not to endanger citizens or firefighters in the field. All received calls from citizens will be resolved," said the Commander of the Headquarters for the Management of Fire Operations in the area of the city of Petrinja and its surroundings, Dario Gauš, from the Rijeka Public Fire Brigade.

"The fact that the work is not easy at all, and that the firefighters are in constant danger, is evidenced by the fact that three firefighters were slightly injured. There was also a case of firefighters finding explosive devices in one of the buildings, of which they also informed members of the police," the Croatian Fire Brigade said.

Thank you for all your kind messages and comments that you have sent us. We have directed a large number of you, our readership, to donate through the official channels, and we’re thankful for your generosity. Here is the official Red Cross Link for those wishing to donate to the cause.

 

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This afternoon at 2.45 pm, the first baby of this year was born in the Dubrovnik hospital.

The boy and his mother Klaudija Jerosimić were presented with a gift on behalf of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County by the director of the Dubrovnik General Hospital, Marijo Bekić, since the prefect could not traditionally visit the first baby born in the new year this year due to epidemiological reasons.

It is interesting to note that Klaudija and Siniša Jerosimić were also the parents of the first child born in 2019.

902 children were born in the Dubrovnik General Hospital in 2020, which is more than in 2019, when 863 children were born, and also in 2018, when 870 children were born.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 2,391 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 8,899.

There are currently 2,524 people in hospital and 231 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 60 people have passed away due to the virus, meaning that the death toll in Croatia has now reached 3,920.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 210,837 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 3,920 have died, a total of 198,018 people have recovered, of which 1,733 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 22,010 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,019,109 people have been tested, of which 8,441 were tested in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported.

 

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