Wednesday, 28 October 2020
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 last 24 hours, 17 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases include four men and three women from Dubrovnik (six have an established connection), two men and four women from Metković (five have an established connection), one man and one woman from Kula Norinska and one male and one female from Župa (for one a connection is established).

Seven people have made a full recovery - four from Dubrovnik and one person each from Metković and Kula Norinska, and one person who does not reside in our county.

11 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and one person is on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 15,881 samples have been analyzed.

There are 504 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 486 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,662. The City of Zagreb saw the largest number of new cases with 199 new Covid-19 cases.

There are currently 382 people in hospital including 29 people on ventilators. Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 4 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 19,932 people have been infected with Covid-19 to date, of which 317 have died. A total of 16,953 people have recovered, of which 258 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 12,424 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 353,526 people have been tested, of which 4,576 were tested in the last 24 hours.

 

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British Airways has announced that it will operate again on currently suspended routes from the end of October, including the London-Zagreb route.

On September 6 this year, British Airways temporarily cancelled the London Heathrow - Zagreb route, leaving the possibility of re-operation on this route from the beginning of the winter flight schedule.

According to the information from the headquarters of this company, that will happen soon. British Airways will operate on this route again from Sunday, October 25th.

From that date, the company will operate between London and Zagreb four times a week, every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, writes Croatian Aviation.

On the route to Zagreb, British Airways will use A320 aircraft, which have a capacity of up to 180 seats in the fleet of this carrier. Flights are on sale on the company's official website, and return tickets can be purchased for just over 600 Kuna.

 

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The reconstruction of the ex-hotel Stadion began in September last year, and the construction site in the main city public swimming pool was visited by the Mayor Mato Franković today.

As part of this HRK 18.3 million investment, all eastern rooms on the ground floor of the building were renovated and equipped for the needs of the offices of sports associations and clubs and the Public Institution. In the part of the building that was previously used by associations and clubs, a space for the Water Polo Museum is being arranged, under which a new gym will be located.

The entire communal infrastructure has been installed on the remaining part of the building, and the construction of the facade and openings.

Mayor Franković said during the visit that in the existing conditions it was agreed with the contractor to carry out the work with a somewhat reduced intensity, and that the burden on the budget of the City of Dubrovnik would be less. Nevertheless, the mayor expressed satisfaction with the progress of the works, noting that despite the corona crisis, the City is successfully continuing the cycle of investing in decades-old neglected sports infrastructure. According to the new schedule, the investment should be completed in April next year.

This reconstruction is special in that Dubrovnik will have the first water polo museum, which will unite all the sporting successes of the most successful club in the city.

 

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In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 14 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are six men and one woman from Dubrovnik (five men have an established epidemiological connection), two men and one woman from the borough of Župa (established connection), one male from Konavle and Metković (both established connection) and one female from Vela Luka and one male who does not reside in our county.

Six people have made a full recovery - three from Dubrovnik and one each from Metković, Slivno and Kula Norinska.

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

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 15,735 samples have been analyzed.

There are 483 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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The National Civil Protection Headquarters has published new data related to the coronavirus epidemic in Croatia.

In the last 24 hours, 457 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,438. There are currently 385 people in hospital, of which 28 are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours 3 people have passed away due to the virus.

These figures are the second highest number of new Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began in Croatia, yesterday saw the record with 542 new cases. However, over the past three days 1,362 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Croatia.

The City of Zagreb saw a new record for daily cases over the last 24 hours with 161 new cases detected. The director of the Institute for Public Health "Andrija Štampar", Zvonimir Šostar, stated on HRT radio this morning that “We are breaking infamous records again, today there are as many as 161 new patients, if this trend continues, there will be no second way out - we will have to get serious," said Sostar. He added that “We propose to limit the number of passengers on buses, to increase the number of buses…to respect the social distancing and to halve at least the number of those transported in buses. There will be a little longer waiting, but health is the most important.”

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 19,446 people have been infected, of whom 313 have died, a total of 16,695 people have recovered, 222 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 11,729 people in self-isolation. To date, a total of 348,950 people have been tested, of which 4,417 were tested in the last 24 hours.

 

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Due to the high number of new Covid-19 yesterday across Croatia special meetings were held today to discuss new measures and ways to combat the epidemic.

As many as 542 new cases of Covid-19 reported yesterday caused the government to hold a special meeting and discuss new the introduction of new stricter measures.

“This is a record day with the largest number since the beginning of the pandemic. It is also the biggest jump in one day, as many as 179 more infected than the day before. As expected, the pandemic accelerated with the arrival of autumn,” commented the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, yesterday and added that in less than ten days the number of active cases jumped by a thousand and today exceeds 2,200.

This situation has led to talks on new, more restrictive measures that should take effect early next week. The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said that masks would be mandatory in all indoor spaces, as well as in open spaces where it is impossible to maintain a distance, and the number of people at gatherings would be reduced.

Epidemiologists believe that the jump was primarily due to the relaxation of citizens that occurred due to the milder clinical situation during the summer, but also the decline in the number of infected in recent weeks. Also, the colder nights moved gatherings to closed spaces, to house gatherings.

The average age of patients increased compared to summer. As for today, patients are on average 42.5 years old.

Starting next week, more restrictive measures are planned. It is an obligation to wear masks in all indoor spaces, as well as outdoors, where it is impossible to maintain social distancing. Also, limiting the number of people at gatherings in places where they are not limited by local headquarters.

 

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Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc. (CPWI), importer, promoter and online store for delivery in the US, and Vinum.IN, wine industry magazine in Croatia, jointly launched collaboration across the ocean titled "Game of Wines 2020" which aims to help Croatian winemakers by expanding knowledge about the quality, boutique wines to the United States and ultimately increasing wine exports.

Project partner Mirena Bagur, Mag. Oecc., VP/Brand Management at CPWI, a Croatian with an address in Boston, founded a company for the import of Croatian wines to the USA a year ago, and since then she has been actively working on spreading knowledge about Croatian wines in America.

"With this collaboration, we want to connect Croatians in the homeland with their families or friends in America, so that together they can not only enjoy the taste of Croatia through quality Croatian wines, but can directly help spread knowledge about the current state of Croatian winemaking," says Mirena Bagur.

"Americans, as well as the Croatian diaspora, are given the opportunity to get closer to Croatia through wines in a year in which they could not travel, and at the same time they can directly influence the increase in demand for Croatian wines. This seems to us to be a textbook example of a win-win situation. Especially with a good wine to be had on both sides of the ocean,” adds Bagur, whose company actively cooperates with other importers of Croatian wines in the USA and Canada.

The Game of Wines 2020 is open for participation to all over the age of 18 in Croatia, or 21 in the USA, and more detailed information and instructions on how to participate can be found at the link: https://www.vinumin.eu/post/game-of-wines- 2020.

Dijana Grgić, owner of Vinum.IN, and a partner in this collaboration says: "As the owner and editor of the only wine magazine in Croatia, I am especially sensitive to the issue of winemakers, especially in these demanding times. That is why I support every attempt to help them sell wine, especially outside Croatia."

CPWI already has almost 50 different wine labels in its inventory from three distinct Croatian wine regions and has so far built two distribution channels in parallel, an online store that delivers to almost all US states, www.CroatianPremiumWine.com, and a traditional distribution that has so far established in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Georgia and California. The firm continues to work on creating distribution in other states as well.

 

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