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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

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The Dubrovnik-Neretva County have decided to extend the Covid-19 measures that came into force on the 31st of August until the 1st of November. These Covid-19 regulations are related to public gatherings, such as weddings and funerals, and limit the number of people allowed to attend.

“Due to the current epidemiological situation in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, at the suggestion of the County Civil Protection Headquarters, the National Headquarters passed a decision amending the decision on the introduction of necessary epidemiological measures for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County,” stated the County in a press release.

The Covid-19 measures for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County include -

- the number of persons at wedding ceremonies is limited to a maximum of 50 persons

- the number of people at commemorations and funerals is limited to a maximum of 50 people, noting that condolences to grieving family members must not be expressed through close contact

- private festivities and celebrations can be organized only in a family circle with a maximum of 20 people

- social gatherings (events, performances, masses, exhibitions, etc.) must be organized with mandatory compliance with all prescribed epidemiological measures. If they are held indoors, it is mandatory to wear face masks and maintain a physical distance of 2 meters. The rule of physical distance does not have to be applied between members of the same household or persons who are normally in close contact (maximum five persons)

- organizers of social gatherings and owners of catering facilities are responsible for the implementation of all epidemiological measures related to them and are obliged to perform enhanced supervision of compliance with epidemiological measures

 

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said on Wednesday that he expected a "positive decision" from the US on the abolition of visas for Croatian citizens in the coming months.

"This is being decided by various bodies in the United States with the support of the American embassy. I think we can expect a positive decision in the coming months," Grlic Radman said on HRT. This news comes ahead of an official visit by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who will arrive in Dubrovnik on Friday.

One of the main conditions for abolishing visas to the US is that countries must have less than 3 percent of denied visas, and in the European Union currently only Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania, along with Croatia, still need a visa for the US. The US Ambassador to Croatia Robert Kohorst said on Tuesday that he did not yet have an official report on fulfilling that condition, but that he was "very optimistic".

 

 

At a meeting in Dubrovnik the Croatian government will also discuss the purchase of F-16 fighter jets with Pompeo. "There is a tender, there are procedures and deadlines," the Croatian minister said, adding that "the interest from the United States is natural, as is that of other competing states." Croatia is procuring 12 fighter jets, and in addition to the US offer, the offers of Sweden, France and Israel have also arrived. Along with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Minister Grlić Radman, Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Croatian Defense Minister Mario Banožić in Dubrovnik.

Grlić Radman announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov should visit Croatia by the end of the year, on the occasion of the opening of a new Russian embassy at a new location.

In the last 24 hours, 213 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 1,256.

There are currently 288 people in hospital of which 23 people are on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 5 people in Croatia have passed away due to the Covid-19 virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 16,593 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 280 have died. A total of 15,057 people have recovered, 110 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 8,155 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 307,084 people have been tested, of which 6,592 in the last 24 hours.

 

In the last 24 hours, four new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases include two women from Dubrovnik (an epidemiological link has been established for one), one woman from Konavle and one woman who does not reside in our county.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours one person (1944) has passed away from Covid-19.

Two people have made a full recovery, one from Korcula and one from the borough of Župa.

There are 15 people positive for coronavirus hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital and one person on a ventilator.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 14,279 samples have been analysed in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

There are 249 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was determined.

 

In Croatia, 5,521 buildings were built in 2019, which is 11.9 percent more than in the previous year, and the number of completed apartments increased by 15.6 percent, as 11,726 apartments across Croatia were constructed, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Of the total number of buildings completed last year, 4,316 or 78.2 percent are residential, and 1,205 or 21.8 percent are non-residential.

Most buildings - 763 were built in the Zadar County, 668 in Istria, and 478 in Split-Dalmatia County. And in the city of Zagreb 325 buildings were completed in 2019.

Over the past year, a total of 11,726 new apartments were completed and the predominant number of apartments (91.5 percent) was built as new construction, 7.8 percent by adding or upgrading existing buildings, and 0.7 percent by converting non-residential space into an apartment.

 

The Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, along with his deputy Joško Cebal, the Head of the Board for Social Affairs, Jelena Dadić, and the Director of the Dubrovnik Health Centre, Branko Bazdan, received today the head of the company Dalmatia Bauerfeind, Antonio Bilić, on the occasion of their donation of five thousand protective masks to the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

In a letter of intent, the company expressed "responsibility and need to help" in its efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

On this occasion, Dobroslavić thanked the company for the valuable donation, emphasizing that any help in the fight against coronavirus is always welcome. He noted that the masks will be distributed to the county's social and health institutions in accordance with the expressed needs, all in order to be better prepared in the event of a possible deterioration of the epidemiological situation.

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British American Tobacco (BAT) is the largest foreign investor in Croatia in the last five years, according to a study by the analytical company Oxford Economics on the economic impact of BAT on the Croatian economy.

After BAT's investment of almost 4.2 billion Kuna when TDR was taken over, the company has invested an additional 490 million Kuna in the past five years and continued to increase production, employment and exports.

A total of HRK 4.7 billion in investments means that BAT generated almost 20 percent of total foreign investments in Croatia in the period from 2015 to the end of 2019, the analysis states.

Oxford Economics notes that BAT supports a number of domestic sectors through its operations, directly through its own factories in Kanfanar and Virovitica and the iNovine retail chain, and indirectly through the distribution network, purchase of tobacco from farmers, transport, all the way to the financial and utility sectors and other service sectors.

The analysis also states that the total contribution of BAT's operations to Croatian GDP at the end of 2019 reached HRK 455 million, which is 52 percent higher than TDR's contribution in 2015.

A further HRK 158 million contribution to GDP, as stated, was made through the BAT supply chain, of which as much as HRK 96 million went to the purchase of tobacco from domestic farmers in Virovitica-Podravina and Požega-Slavonia counties.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 135 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Croatia meaning that the total number of active cases across the country is now 1,158. There are currently 274 people in hospital and 26 people on a ventilator.

The statistics on the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia would seem to suggest that the peak of the second wave has passed and numbers are slowly but surely falling.

Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 3 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 16,380 people have been infected, of which 275 have died. A total of 14,947 people have made a full recovery, 154 of them in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 8,744 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 300,492 people have been tested, of which 4,494 in the last 24 hours.

 

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