Wednesday, 02 December 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.


“This is the only woman who loves me unconditionally,” wrote Stjepan Hauser wrote along with a photo of the woman who loves him and immediately the post on social media went viral.

Stjepan Hauser posted a photo on Instagram of himself embracing his mother Marija and in addition to numerous compliments, they told him how much he looked like his mother.

The musician usually posts photos with his parents and says how connected they are. During the quarantine, he was in his family home in Rakalj.

Hauser also published a number of romantic videos through the quarantine with his Italian girlfriend Benedetta Caretta.


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In the last 24 hours, 1945 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 15,371.

There are currently 1,827 people in hospital across the country and 196 people on ventilators.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 31 people have passed away due to the virus. This means that 1,113 people have passed away in Croatia due to the virus since the pandemic began.

Once again the City of Zagreb recorded the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in Croatia with 241 new cases over the past 24 hours.

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Active Covid-19 cases across Croatia - Photo 

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 87,464 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 1,113 have died, a total of 70,980 people have recovered, of which 2,242 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 36,175 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 631,655 people have been tested, of which 7,262 in the last 24 hours.


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In the last 24 hours, 48 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These new cases are 19 people from Dubrovnik, eight from Metković, six from Konavle, three from Korčula and Župa dubrovačka, two from Ston, one each from the Dubrovacko primorje, Lumbarda, Opuzen, Ploče, Vela Luka and Zažablje, and one person who does not reside in area of the county.

A total of 24 males and 24 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 24 of them.

Unfortunately, one male person from Opuzen died (born in 1944). Since the beginning of the pandemic a total of 28 people have passed away due to the virus.

On a positive note 39 people have made a full recovery - 21 from Dubrovnik, nine from Metković, four from the Župa dubrovačka, one each from Konavle, Ploče and Ston, and two people who do not reside in our county.

In the Dubrovnik General Hospital there are 58 people tested positive for coronavirus.

Eleven people require intensive care, four patients are on non-invasive ventilation, six are on invasive ventilation, and one person is on oxygen.

In the last 24 hours, 192 samples were processed, and a total of 22,547 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are 826 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 96 cases of self-isolation violations have been identified.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.


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Croatia exceeded 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Saturday. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so much of a surprise if half of that number hadn’t been recorded in the last two and a half weeks.

The National Crisis Staff announced on February 25 that the first case of the new coronavirus had been diagnosed in Croatia. It was a 25-year-old man from Zagreb who had arrived five days earlier from the Italian province of Lombardy, the city of Milan, where the virus was beginning to spread rapidly at the time, reports N1.

One month later, on March 25, the Croatian Institute of Public Health registered the first person to pass away from the virus. The number of deaths slowly grew at a rate of one to three deaths per day, with the longest stagnation recorded in June. In fact, in June, the height of the tourist season, there was a two-week period when nobody passed away due to Covid-19.

The dynamics of several deaths per day continued until the end of the summer and in September, and already in October these numbers began to grow.

On October 28, the total death toll in Croatia had reached 493. A day later - 18 more, which meant Croatia had crossed the 500-death mark. From that day until Monday, another 549 people have died and on Sunday the total number of deaths in Croatia was 1,049. In other words, over a 1,000 people have died in total due to Covid-19 in Croatia, and half of the number have died in the past two and a half weeks.

Epidemiologists and health experts have been warning for more than a month that the daily increase in the number of infected people, and this significant jump has also been recorded in Croatia since the end of October, also affects the number of deaths. The logic is simple - the more infected, the more likely it is that the number of severe cases and thus the number of deaths will increase.

Scientist Ivan Đikić also warned about this fact on Sunday, saying: "Our measures are not effective at this stage of the pandemic. In addition, the measures are not well communicated and citizens are confused. Due to all this, data on the number of infected, sick and dead are continuous. Today, there are 1,082 deaths in Croatia, and in the last 15 days we have a significant increase in the number of deaths (over 500), which together represents almost 50% of all deaths from Covid-19 in Croatia.”


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Is it too early to decorate for Christmas? Clearly not as Dubrovnik continues to get into the festive spirit with more and more decorations being hung.

There isn’t a Christmas tree yet, but there are lights and today is was the turn of big, red balls.

Before you start the jokes the red balls were hung in the trees on the Pile entrance into the historic old City of Dubrovnik and they look charming.





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A mild earthquake measuring 1.4 on the Richter Scale hit the Croatian capital today at a little after 2.30pm.

According to the Euro-Med Seismological Centre (EMSC) the centre of the earthquake was 6 kilometres north of Zagreb and at a depth of 4 kilometres.


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Yes, we are all stuck in the same boat. So how to fill your isolations days? Try our General Knowledge Quiz to clear those quarantine blues and refresh your minds.

From geography to history and popular culture, we’ve covered all the bases here.



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It has certainly been a predictably challenging year for Croatia’s tourism industry, and new official figures just released highlight just how tough 2020 was. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in the travel industry, although Croatia fared better than many of its competitors in the Mediterranean.

Data just released by the National Bureau of Statistics show that in the first nine months of this year 6.6 million tourists stayed in the country, and although that number might sound impressive it is a massive 63 percent less when compared with the same period from 2019. 39.7 million overnights stays were achieved across the country which is a drop of 54 percent in comparison to 2019.

The majority of tourists in the country were from Germany, 33 percent, followed by Slovenians, 13.5 percent, Polish, 12.4 percent and Czechs with 9.2 percent. The season was saved slightly by Croatian tourists, who generated 1.3 million overnight stays, which is a drop of 29 percent compared to 2019.


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