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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As Brexit becomes a reality in less than a week there has been a lot of scrabbling around to make last-minute deals. And whilst the details of the deal made between the UK and the EU are still slowly being made public, there are some changes that will certainly come into effect from the 1st of January 2021.

From passports, driving licenses and health insurance, a lot will change from British tourists to the EU in a few days.

And one small detail has been revealed today, streaming services, such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, are changing their conditions.

Tourists from the UK were used to taking their favourite dramas, sports and movies with them on holiday, all a swipe of finger away. However, Brexit has changed the rules on subscription services.

Amazon Prime sent an email to all its customers in the UK today outlining the new regulations.

“We noticed you have been watching Prime Video content from outside the UK and we want to notify you of upcoming changes to your experience. These are a result of the changing applicability of the EU regulation on cross border portability of online content services when the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit transition period ends. As a result of this, UK customers such as yourself will no longer have access to the full UK catalogue while traveling to EU countries, including Ireland starting 1st January 2021,” opened the email to Amazon prime customers today.

And added that “If you are only traveling and will be returning to the UK, you do not need to take any action; while outside of the UK, you will have access to a limited catalogue featuring selected Amazon Originals such as The Boys, Utopia and Fleabag. Access to your full UK catalogue will resume when you return to the UK.”

The reason for this limited streaming service is because the UK will no longer be bound by the EU’s “portability regulation” from January 1.


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The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, sent a message of support to Croatia today after the earthquake that hit this morning.

This morning’s earthquake, which was a magnitude of 5.2, struck 12 kilometres southwest of the town of Sisak and the shock was felt in the capital, Zagreb. It was reported that the epicentre was at a depth of 2 kilometres, and it struck at exactly 6.28 this morning, 50 kilometres southeast of Zagreb.

The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, wrote on Twitter – “Stay strong Croatia! After a powerful earthquake struck this morning, the @EU_Commission is in contact with Prime Minister @AndrejPlenkovic and the Croatian authorities. We are following the situation closely and stand ready to help.”


To which the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, replied “Thank you, President @vonderleyen and @EU_Commission. Your support is appreciated. It will be vital as we work to rebuild Sisak, Petrinja and the Sisak-Moslavina County, just as we also cooperate on reconstructing Zagreb after the March earthquake.”


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After the Covid-19 vaccination arrived in Croatia two days ago the first vaccines were carried out in Dubrovnik this morning. Today the first healthcare workers were vaccinated against the virus at the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The first dose of vaccine in our county was received by the ophthalmology specialist Dr. Jakov Ivanišin, then the director of the General Hospital Dubrovnik Dr. Marijo Bekić.

“I'm happy to have received the vaccine. It passed completely painlessly, without any problems. I hope this is the beginning of the end of the epidemic,” commented Dr. Ivanišin.

And the director of the hospital, Dr. Marijo Bekić, added that “In two days, we expect a new delivery of vaccines with which all interested health professionals, at least in our institution, will be able to be vaccinated.”


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In the last 24 hours, 316 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,036. Today’s numbers represent a significant drop, although it must be taken into account that over the Christmas period fewer people were tested, and in the last 24-hour period just over 2,600 tests were carried out, as opposed to around 10,000 tests before the holidays.

There are currently 2,720 people in hospital and 256 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 68 people 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 205,246 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 3,739 have died, a total of 193,471 people have recovered, of which 2,245 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 30,780 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 996,935 people have been tested, of which 2,642 were tested in the last 24 hours.


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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, three new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (one was determined by a rapid antigen test). These 3 new cases are one person from Dubrovnik, one from Konavle and one from Dubrovacko Primorje.

A total of two males and one female were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for two people.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours two people passed away in the county due to Covid-19, a woman from Konavle (born in 1932) and one from Ploče (born in 1930).

69 people made a full recovery - 19 from Dubrovnik, 12 from Metković, nine from Korčula, six from Župa dubrovačka, four each from Orebić and Vela Luka, three each from Konavle, Lumbarda and Opuzen, two from Ploče and one each from Blato, Dubrovacko Primorje, Slivno and Ston.

40 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Seven patients require intensive care, six patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.

In the last 24 hours, 34 samples were processed, and a total of 32,350 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 552 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.


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Yesterday the first Covid-19 vaccinations were carried out across Croatia in the first wave. The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros, commented on the current Covid-19 situation in Croatia on HRT last night and said that the current intercountry lockdown could soon be abolished.

Beros emphasized that the trends and the number of newly infected persons are still being monitored, and that certain decisions regarding the relaxation of measures will be made accordingly.

He added that it is possible that the measures will be relaxed and passes will be abolished on January 10, but everything will depend exclusively on the behaviour of the population.

He stressed that he was not happy these days with pictures of individuals gathering without masks over the festive season. He warned that we must understand that such behaviour is unacceptable.

Beros said that the second delivery of the vaccine will be before January 4, but the exact date is not yet known. He added that the majority of the population could be vaccinated in the spring, but that it also depends on when other manufacturers will register their vaccine.

According to the Minister around 70 percent of the population needs to be vaccinated in order to acquire collective immunity.


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This morning at 6.28 a strong earthquake shook Croatia. Zagreb also shook for a long time, although the epicentre was near Petrinja.

According to initial EMSC estimates, the quake had a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter scale.

The Croatian capital was struck by a massive earthquake back on the 22nd of March this year, and strangely this earthquake hit Zagreb at 6.24 in the morning, meaning only a four-minute difference between the two earthquakes.

The epicentre was 50 km southeast of Zagreb, towards Sisak, 11 km southwest of Sisak, or around Petrinja.

“Déjà vu! I was in the shower at the time and felt the building rumble,” commented a citizen of Zagreb. She added that “Lights in apartment blocks seemed to all be turned on at once, and some people left their homes and collected in the parks.”

A string of smaller quakes continue to rumble through Zagreb. There are no reports of any injuries, there is some material damage to buildings. 


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