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Croatian national football team players and staff have raised 4.2 million Kuna to pay into accounts opened by the Croatian government on Tuesday for a joint fight against coronaviruses and for the rehabilitation of Zagreb after the series of horrific earthquakes.
"The state of emergency, caused by the coronavirus epidemic and the devastating earthquake in Zagreb, has spawned many famous and unknown heroes across the country, who show every day exceptional effort, courage and organization to successfully cope with this crisis. Therefore, in addition to a series of personal initiatives and donations, the players and the headquarters of the Croatian football team have decided to jointly raise funds to fight the coronavirus and to support the City of Zagreb, and have raised 4.2 million Kuna in the short term. The funds will be paid into two separate accounts opened today by the Croatian Government: 'Croatia against coronaviruses' and 'Together for Zagreb'. The funds will be used to rehabilitate hospitals and buy the necessary appliances, medicines and other medical supplies to combat the epidemic," the Croatian Football Association announced.
In a statement the association added that “With this action, we want to show that we are committed to supporting our people and our capital, and that together, as always, we will overcome these great challenges. We stand with all our heart at the people who have shown great courage, ability and strength in this crisis, from doctors and nurses. through firefighters, police officers, soldiers and members of the Civil Protection Staff to the people who work daily for us to live relatively normally, such as dealers, deliverers and many others. We will win the community together again."
The Croatian national team has shown many times both through public actions and also through their private initiatives far from the eyes of the public that they have a big hearts and an exceptional sense of social responsibility.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 have agreed to delay the Olympic Games until no later than the summer of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a conference call between IOC President Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and a number of other officials from the IOC and Tokyo 2020, it was agreed that the Games should be delayed until beyond 2020 to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community. .
The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present.
It was also agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan and that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
President Bach said: “Yes, there will be an Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. So the athletes will have the chance and the opportunity of their life, to make their Olympic dream come true even in these uncertain times, and their preparations will need the cooperation of everybody. And also the understanding in particular of the athletes. They have to come together and address this unprecedented situation together.
“If we do so, if we are all standing together and everybody makes his or her contribution, then I am really confident that in the end these Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 can be the light at the end of this dark tunnel we are all going through together now, and we all want to see the Olympic Flame at the end of this dark tunnel.”
There are currently 382 people infected with coronavirus in Croatia, with 21 new cases reported. At the regular press conference held by the Civil Protection Headquarters the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, stated that Croatia has 382 cases of coronavirus.
There is however some good news as 16 patients have been discharged from hospital. "Today's increase is 67, this is still within our forecast. I am glad that the number of cured is 16 and they were discharged. The number of those tested is 3159. The data from Italy is encouraging as well," said Beros.
Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, thanked Italy for 26 tents which, despite the difficult situation in the country, they sent to Croatia.
Asked if shops or post offices may prohibit people from entering masks without a mask, Bozinovic says there is no reason for such measures to be applied in the post office because officials are there protected behind glass or they will get masks. As for the traders who forbid entry without a mask, the minister said he would deal with each case locally.
The Croatian government has brought a decision to donate the salary for March to help Zagreb after the terrible series of earthquakes that rocked the Croatian capital. “This is the least we could do,” commented the Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic.
"Ministers and I will donate our salary for March to help Zagreb after the earthquake," added Bozinovic.
Bozinovic added that 187 students who were left homeless in the earthquake were accommodated in the Student Center “Cvjetno naselje”, and there are no people in self-isolation among them. The director of the student dormitory has prepared measures for those who have been left homeless and are in self-isolation, he added.
Two petrol companies in Croatia are offering free coffees to healthcare workers as a thank you for their hard work in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. INA and Tiffon have both announced that healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and other medical staff will be abvle to receive free coffee at the petrol pump.
"In the time of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, INA Group and Tiffon are doing everything they can to ensure market security and business continuity. As responsible companies, we are following all recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronaviruses, because protecting the health of our customers and workers is paramount to us,” stated the companies in press release.
“Aware of the effort that needs to be made in these circumstances, companies want to give special gratitude with free coffees to healthcare professionals - true heroes who, without caring for their own safety and often in impossible circumstances, show exceptional commitment to their calling,” they added.
The INA Group will also provide free coffee to healthcare professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
In Croatia, healthcare professionals will be able to pick up coffee at selected retail locations of INA and Tiffon from today, by presenting their medical card.
Being in the front line of the fights against COVID-19 is an exhausting and punishing place to be, these very healthcare workers that are often overlooked when times are peaceful and virus-free, show us just how crucial they are when we need them most. And healthcare workers from around the world, doctors, nurses and all medical staff, have started sharing photos on their social media with tired face covered with bruise from wearing facemasks all day. If these photos don’t motivate you to stay at home, then nothing will.
With the death rate rising across the world on a daily basis healthcare experts are urging people to follow medical advice and stay at home. But there is nothing as powerful as these photos of doctors are nurses after a hard shift. By sharing their selfies and comments the healthcare workers in the front line have brought the fight against COVID-19 to us all. Their faces are bruised and battered from the protective masks and headgear that they are forced to wear to protect themselves whilst treating COVID-19 patients.
Check out the healthcare heroes from the front line - #stayathome
Good news for all drivers as petrol prices plummet in Croatia to under 9 Kuna a litre. As of midnight fuel prices across Croatia have been reduced. According to the Ministry of the Economy the average price of a litre of unleaded petrol is now 8.68 Kuna, a drop of 41 Lipa on the yesterday’s price.
The price to fill up an average tank with unleaded is from today 20 Kunas cheaper. The price of diesel has dropped slightly less drastically, yesterday a litre of diesel cost 8.68 Kuna, and today 8.54 Kuna.
This good news for drivers comes at a time when people shouldn’t be using their vehicles unless necessary as new restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus have been introduced.
Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo (79) announced on Sunday that he had been infected with coronavirus.
"I feel it is my moral obligation to report that I am positive for Covid-19, also known as coronavirus. My family and I are isolated, so we will stay medically fit for as long as possible, "he said via Facebook.
"We are all well at the moment but I'm coughing and I have a fever that made me decide to test and the result was positive. I ask you all to be extremely careful and to follow the recommendations of the health service, "he added.