Monday, 06 April 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.


American actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, have said they are feeling better after a two-week hospital stay and self-isolation from coronavirus infection.

"Hey, guys, it's been two weeks since we got our first symptoms and we're getting better," the actor posted in a message to fans on social media.

The multiple Oscar winner and his wife fell ill while shooting a biopic about Elvis Presley on the Australian Gold Coast. They were treated at the hospital and then released last week for self-isolation. Recording has been suspended in the meantime.

In a message released today, Hanks also urged fans to listen to pandemic advice, supporting U.S. and Australian efforts to curb the spread of the virus by deterring citizens from gathering in popular public places. "When you isolate yourself, you do not pass on the virus to anyone or transmit it to you. Sounds reasonable, right?"


The number of people infected with coronavirus in Croatia has risen overnight by 52 and is now 306.

Minister Vili Beros announced the new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Croatia at this morning’s press conference in the Civil Protection Headquarters. He also stated that a Croatia Airlines plane had landed at Zagreb Airport carrying medical equipment that has been donated to Croatia by the United Arab Emirates.

According to morning data from Worldometers, 339,003 are infected worldwide with coronavirus. Of these, the number of deaths increased to 14,689 and the number of those cured to 99,011.



According to the County Civil Protection Headquarters, five people have been hospitalized for coronavirus treatment at Dubrovnik General Hospital and their overall condition is good, and the total number of infected persons remains 14.

Dubrovnik Airport remains closed after the first case of coronavirus in Dubrovnik was confirmed with an employee of the airport. All of the coronavirus patients in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County have relatively mild symptoms.

The findings of 35 samples sent to Zagreb yesterday have not yet arrived, due to an earthquake that hit the capital this morning.

According to port authorities, there were no large ships carrying foreign passengers at the port today. Only emergency personnel are still employed at Dubrovnik Airport.


At 6.24 this morning an earthquake measuring 5.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale rocked Zagreb causing damage all over the city centre. This first earthquake was followed by a further five earthquakes as the Croatian capital awoke to a Sunday like no other.

The moments that the first earthquake rocked Zagreb was caught on video, on webcam, and this video was sent to us. It shows the power of the earthquake as it rocked parked cars and sent off alarms. Showing the sheer power of the earthquake that shook Zagreb this morning.



There are 235 people infected with coronavirus in Croatia as 29 new cases were confirmed this morning at a press conference at the National Civil Protection Headquarters.

The Minister of the Interior stated that in light of the series of strong earthquakes that shook the Croatian capital this morning that coronavirus is far more dangerous and indeed more challenging than the earthquakes.

"You have all the relevant information at your disposal at this time. On behalf of the Civil Protection Staff of the Republic of Croatia, I can guarantee that we will continue communication as we have before, and in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which is, in our estimations, a greater challenge, than this earthquake,” added the Minister.

Due to the earthquake in Zagreb, the results of 35 samples sent from Dubrovnik-Neretva County yesterday have not yet arrived, but in the past experience, it is expected that a larger number will be positive, the press conference of the County Civil Protection Headquarters said.



Due to the six strong earthquakes that shook Zagreb this morning, an emergency summit was held this morning.

“This morning's earthquakes have been the strongest in the last 140 years. We urge all citizens to exercise caution. For now, we will recommend that everyone be outside the buildings,'' said the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, after a meeting at the National Library, after which he went on a tour of downtown Zagreb to check on the extent of the damage.

“We will intensify all activities and manage this crisis as well as the coronavirus crisis. We ask all citizens to listen exclusively to the advice,” the Prime Minister emphasized.

He added that the army and all departments of the City of Zagreb have been hired to start clearing the damage in Zagreb and will endeavour to repair the roads as soon as possible.

“We will hire experts to inspect the buildings. No one can now know how badly damaged the buildings are, especially the older ones. There will be a special focus on hospitals,'' added Plenkovic.



Zagreb was hit by six different earthquakes this Sunday morning as the Croatian capital was left with large amounts of damage and a 15-year-old child is in critical condition.

The first of six earthquakes, and the strongest quake, awoke resident of Zagreb at exactly 6.24 this morning and reached a magnitude 5.3. The epicentre of the earthquake was seven kilometres north of Zagreb near Kašina, at a depth of ten kilometres.

Then at 7.03am the second earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 again shook the city centre and the third with a magnitude of 3.7. There is plenty of damage in Zagreb, especially in the city centre, with roofs and facades damaged. Many vehicles were also destroyed as stone work came crashing down. And one of the spires of the iconic Zagreb Cathedral also crashed to the ground.

Many citizens took to the streets and public spaces of the capital, although social distancing dur to coronavirus was necessary. "We are asking citizens who took to the streets due to earthquakes and subsequent jolts to keep the distance needed to counter the spread of the virus," announced the Croatian Police on Twitter.

At 9.04 a fourth earthquake was felt with a magnitude of 3.1 at a depth of seven kilometres, six kilometres north of Zagreb. And then the fifth after shake at 9.10 am with a magnitude of 3.0, followed by the last and sixth earthquake to shake Zagreb today at 10.11 with a magnitude of 3.2 and a depth of five kilometres, six kilometres southeast of the capital.


On Saturday evening, the Chief of Civil Protection Staff, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic sent a letter to the addresses of all county staffs to announce a decision on the opening hours of shops across the country. The new working hours across Croatia will see shops allowed to open from 8:00 in the morning until 5:00pm.

“In order to protect employees in shops which, in accordance with the decision on measures to restrict social gatherings, work in commerce, services and holding sports and cultural events, these stores are allowed to remain open from 8:00am to 5:00pm,” read the statement.

Civil protection staff are obliged to ensure the implementation and supervision of this decision.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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