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A young American high school senior with Croatian roots has designed a novel and indeed worthy new cause to say a huge online thank you to all the healthcare workers in Croatia in their fight against coronavirus. Petra Dujmic wrote to us at The Dubrovnik Times and we were only more than happy to support her terrific project. And now it is your turn to help with this project and write your messages of support for the hard workers on the front line.
Here is her letter in full:
“First of all, I hope you are all doing well in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic! This is quite a hectic and honestly unbelievable time we are living in so I hope you and your families are all staying safe and that this threatening virus will soon die out as we approach the spring time!
As a high school senior, I was recently trying to think of ways that I could assist in diminishing the panic surrounding the coronavirus on these long days that I’m away from school, and finally came upon the idea of creating an online form that people could use to write thank you notes to healthcare providers for sacrificing their own safety to keep us all safe:) The thank you notes would then be sent to healthcare providers in Italy and Croatia. My hope is that healthcare providers would then open the thank you notes and finally feel appreciated for the brave work that they do every day, especially during such scary times as these. I’ve included the link to the thank you form below!” - Sincerely, Petra Dujmic
And here is the link - https://petrapdujmic.typeform.com/to/WUUdre
A truly brilliant idea and one that we hope you’ll all get behind in these challenging times. The healthcare workers of Croatia are truly doing an amazing job in extremely testing conditions and we all need to be grateful and show our gratitude.
Please add you own message, however short, of support at the above link
This morning the first case of coronavirus in Dubrovnik has been confirmed and the first infected person is an employee of Dubrovnik Airport.
In a statement from Dubrovnik Airport it was announced that from midday today the airport would be closed until further notice.
“Unfortunately, we have received information that one employee of Dubrovnik Airport is a COVID-19 patient, and we have urgently taken all the measures recommended, and acted in accordance with the instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the DNŽ. Dubrovnik Airport d.o.o. will be closed to civilian air traffic at 12.00 today,” the statement read.
This first case of coronavirus in Dubrovnik comes after 15 previous tests for the virus were confirmed as negative.
The employee of Dubrovnik Airport who tested positive for coronavirus is a 54-year-old lady who has been hospitalized and is in the isolation unit of the OB Dubrovnik and the patient's health is good.
It was confirmed at a press conference that the first Dubrovnik coronavirus case worked as a cleaner at the airport and that her last working day was the 7th of March.
This is the first positive finding after 15 samples were sent. This is a 54-year-old woman who has been hospitalized and is in the isolation unit of the OB Dubrovnik. The patient's health is good. Her last working day was March 7th, and that she hadn’t cleaned the plane that landed from Rome to Dubrovnik as was speculated.
“We are not too surprised by this because we knew that we could not remain an island throughout Croatia and in Europe. I urge citizens to strictly adhere to the measures, because this is the only way to stop the infection,” commented the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic.
And the Director of Dubrovnik General Hospital, Marijo Bekic, added “One positive finding came from five samples sent this morning, a female born in 1966, and the patient is feeling well. She is located in the isolation unit.”
There are currently 102 people infected with coronavirus in Croatia, announced the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, at a press conference this morning.
As of midnight, decisions banning public gatherings and sporting events, suspension of work in restaurants and shops other than food and pharmacies, suspension of sports and recreation centres and suspension of religious gatherings, came into force.
In order to protect the population of the Republic of Croatia, the government has brought a decision to temporarily prohibits or restricts the crossing of persons across all border crossings. Croatian citizens, the police announced, will be allowed to return to the Republic of Croatia, that is, to go to the country where they work and reside, following the instructions and measures of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
And Croatia has unfortunately seen its first coronavirus fatality. A man who died in Istria was positive for coronavirus, and the cause of his death will be known during the day, the National Headquarters press conference stated this morning.
In the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic, no new infections were reported on Wednesday for the first time since the outbreak in December last year, while a record number of imported cases of infection have been recorded across China, most notably in Beijing.
Mainland China had 34 new confirmed cases of infection Wednesday, the National Health Commission announced on Thursday, while a day earlier there were 13 new cases. All new cases of infection in mainland China have been imported, which has increased pressure on authorities to increasingly check travellers at key hubs. Of the 34 imported infections, 21 cases were reported in Beijing, a daily record for the city.
The total number of confirmed cases of infection in mainland China reached 80,928. At the same time, the number of deaths increased by eight to a total of 3,245.
After Zadar reported the first case of coronavirus in Dalmatia early today comes news that the second largest city in Croatia and the largest in Dalmatia has confirmed coronavirus cases. The first cases of coronavirus have been reported in Split.
In the Split-Dalmatia County two people have tested positive for COVID-19. These are two older people from Split and both of them are in isolation at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases of KBC Split. Both are reportedly in stable condition.
The Civil Protection Headquarters of Split-Dalmatia County will hold a press conference tomorrow.
The Dubrovnik City Walls were one of the last public attractions to remain open in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but now these iconic walls will close from tomorrow.
"In accordance with the provisions and measures of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia with the purpose of suppressing the spread of coronavirus from tomorrow the 19th of April 2020 the Dubrovnik City Walls, the Ston City Walls, Sokol Grad in Konvale and the Rector’s Palace will all be closed to visitors,” read a statement from the Association of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters presented new information on the state of the coronavirus epidemic in Croatia this evening at 6:00pm and six new cases were confirmed bringing the number of people infected with the virus in Croatia to 87.
"A law has been amended to give the National Headquarters greater authority to make decisions by midnight. I would like to announce that we will adopt, based on the suggestions and opinions of the profession, a whole set of measures aimed at more stringent social distance measures,” stated the Minister of the Interio, Davor Bozinovic.
He added that “The Republic of Croatia will cancel all public events and gatherings, it will suspend work for all services that are not necessary for the day-to-day functioning of the community - saunas, swimming pools, cinemas, museums, theatres, libraries, etc.”
Today Dalmatia has seen its first case of coronavirus with a lady from Zadar confirmed as infected. The woman, in her thirties, travelled from Africa, via Dubai onto Zadar and immediately went into self-isolation, in fact her whole family is now in isolation.
The first case of coronavirus in Dalmatia was confirmed by the Zadar County Civil Protection Chief of Staff, Sime Vickovic, who added that "This is the first case confirmed out of 11 that were sent for analysis, we have sent three more samples to the analysis this morning. Her condition is stable, she responded well and smartly. There is no panic, please be patient and keep following the health instructions.”
Today there were 12 new cases of coronavirus confirmed this morning at a press conference with the Health Minister, Vili Beros. He also added that a man in self-isolation in Istria had died. "We cannot say now whether the death has anything to do with the coronavirus," the headquarters told a press conference.