Saturday, 08 August 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.


In the last 24 hours, 5 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These new Covid-19 cases are two males from Dubrovnik of younger and middle age, a male and female person from Župa of middle age, and a younger man from Metković.

An epidemiological link has been established for the three of them, and processing is underway for the remaining two.

A total of 6 people are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,797 samples have been sent for analysis to Zagreb.

There are 183 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.


In the past 24 hours, we have 52 newly diagnosed patients in Croatia, announced the Minister of Health Vili Beroš at the conference of the National Civil Protection Headquarters. And one person has died.

EU member states decided on Tuesday to remove Montenegro and Serbia from the list of third countries from which it is possible to travel to the EU without restrictions, due to the increased number of people infected with the coronavirus, diplomatic sources have learned.

After the exclusion of Serbia-Montenegro, there are no more European countries on the list from which one can enter the EU without restrictions, except perhaps Georgia, a country on the border between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. The list includes 13 countries: Algeria, Australia, Georgia, Japan, South Korea, Canada, China, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.


Over the past 24 hours 53 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across Croatia as the country seems to have found itself in the middle of a second wave of the virus. The last couple of days have seen the numbers of new cases continue to fall slightly after 140 cases were recorded a few days ago. So far in Croatia 3,775 people have been infected with Covid-19, stated the Minister of Heath, Vili Beros.

He added that as of yesterday there have been no deaths, there are 4 patients on a ventilator, and that at the current time Croatia has 132 people in hospital and 1,145 active cases.

“We continue to coexist with the virus, it is among us, we must be careful. We witnessed the easing of measures, the results were more than excellent, but since June 18 there has been an increase in the number of patients. We try to react by selectively prescribing measures that are consistent with events on the ground,” said Beros.

As of today protective face masks are obligatory in stores.

And at today’s press conference the Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, commented on the wearing of face masks that, “At the global level, we are faced with a new dynamic of virus spread, which is also felt in Croatia. The fact that we are extinguishing local hotspots is gratifying. There are measures that will have to be applied, such as the obligation to wear masks indoors, catering facilities, shops, in public transport. In the fall, they could face bigger challenges, perhaps more severe symptoms. We must use this period so that everyone acquires the necessary habits. In that sense, we decided to repeat these press conferences, which were very successful because they also serve to educate the public. The issue of wearing masks is an integral part of that education. Our basic approach is to keep the public informed. Big stores and shopping malls have their own security guards, so the enforcement of the face mask regulation isn’t a problem. Smaller shops are not allowed to serve anyone without a mask, there are not so many police or inspectors who can cover everything, that is why we appeal to the consciousness of citizens.”

He added that “Traders and caterers can call 112 or the police if a problem occurs. We have to get used to the new normal. Day by day, we will repeat everything that is important for citizens in order to reduce the number of patients, slow down the spread of the virus, all with the goal of keeping people healthy and to be as ready as possible for the autumn.”


World Cup winning German goalkeeper, a member of the national team of Germany and Bayern Munich, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, is spending his summers in Dalmatia these days.

He was again a guest of his long-time friend Toni Topalović, who is the goalkeeper coach in Germany. How strong their friendship is also shown by the fact that during his transfer from Schalke to Bayern Munich, Neuer did not want to go if his Croatian friend did not move with him to the new environment.

Neuer hang out yesterday on the island of Sipan on the Prijezba beach and clearly enjoyed the Adriatic and a break in the sunshine.


Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of public Health for passengers crossing the state border of the Republic of Croatia.

The Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (NN 74/20) prohibits or restricts the crossing of passengers through border crossings, of which are exempt

1. EU nationals (irrespective of their place of residence), the Schengen area and Schengen associated countries, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EZ of 25 November 2003 on the status of long-term nationals of third countries and persons entitled to stay under other EU or national Directives or having national long-term visas.

2. The temporary prohibition on entry into the Republic of Croatia from third countries, with the exception of passengers referred to in point 1, shall not apply to

2a) Health care professionals, health researchers and associates, nursing professionals and persons requiring urgent medical treatment

2b) Cross-border workers

2c) Carriers of goods and other transport personnel to the extent necessary

2d) Diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, staff of international organisations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions

2e) Transit passengers

2f) Passengers travelling for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, and passengers travelling for the purpose of education

2g) Passengers travelling for urgent personal reasons (e.g. they own a property in the Republic of Croatia) or have any other immediate personal reason

Instructions for the health supervision of passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries

a) For all passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries, under exemption from the prohibition to cross the border referred to in point 2g, health supervision with 14 days quarantine/self-isolation is mandatory.

Quarantine/self-isolation can be shortened to seven days if a passenger does a nasal and pharynx swab at his/her expense seven days after entering Croatia and gets a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2.

b) The obligation of self-isolation for passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries does not apply to passengers referred to in points 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, and

2e) Transit passengers

• For transit passengers, the border police will, after they have been granted entry, check whether they have left the territory of the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours

• This rule can only be applied if the departure from the Republic of Croatia to a neighbouring country enables it to enter.
2f) – Passengers entering the Republic of Croatia for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, as well as persons travelling for educational purposes.

These passengers may enter Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation upon presentation of a negative nasal and pharynx swab test for SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing), or with the obligation of 14 days quarantine/self-isolation if they do not have a negative PCR test.

Passengers entering Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation shall comply with the following measures during the first two weeks of their stay in Croatia

• During the first 14 days after entering the Republic of Croatia, exits from accommodation are limited only to the necessary ones: performance of work if it is a business reason for entering the Republic of Croatia, performance of necessary activities with continuous intensified implementation of hygiene measures.

• During the necessary exit from accommodation it is recommended to use a mask or covers for the nose and mouth, maintain physical distance from other persons (minimum 1.5 meters) and conduct hand hygiene.

• Hands wash as often as possible with warm water and soap and/or use a hand disinfectant that needs to be rubbed in the palms. Avoid touching the face, mouth, nose and eyes.

• Avoid the use of public transport. In a means of transport, it is desirable that a person is alone or exclusively with persons sharing a common accommodation.

• Gatherings should be consistently avoided

• During business meetings it is necessary to meet as few people as possible, ensure a physical distance of 1.5 meters and availability of disinfectants, and avoid unnecessary meetings.

• Payment services are performed by non-cash card payments or on-line services.

• Every morning it is necessary to measure the body temperature if it is higher than 37.2C, the measurement should be repeated after 10 minutes, and if the temperature is higher than 37.2 C it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.

• In case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever, short breathing/difficulty or loss of smell), it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or A COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.

• In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, contact emergency medical service at 194.


One of the silver linings I believe that has come out of this global pandemic has been that it has reconnected many people back to what is important.

All over social media, I see inspiring photographs of places in nature where people have visited, away from their normal routine, and of creative projects that were birthed in the space of waiting for the future to unfold.

Many people have been awakened, and although there is no doubt that is has been more challenging for some than others, what I am hearing and feeling is that we are coming out of this phase with fresh eyes. Perhaps an appreciation of the little things in life, the importance of connection, and all that we take for granted.

Although there’s a long way to go before the completed picture of the “new normal”, it seems that we are starting to see the slivers of light appear, whether that’s in nature or in terms of what our life can look like.

I first came across the term “slivers of light” a few years back when I went to see one of my favourite speakers, Lee Harris, deliver a workshop in London. One of the themes of the workshop was how can we make sense of this often dark and difficult world we live in, and how can we stay positive when there seems so much hate and suffering in the world.

When I left that night, all I had in my head was those three words – slivers of light.

At that time, I did not know that I was to go on and write a book with this very title, and how poignant that moment would be for me.

I have a saying which is “the magic happens in the space”, and a couple of years ago, I had been forced to take some time out from work, and just focus on getting myself well. I say forced because if I had heeded the signs, I would have done it a lot sooner, but as I wasn’t listening properly and I was keeping going, so the Universe decided to step in and do it for me!

In this space I had, I took to two of my greatest healers- nature and writing. As I found new and inspiring places away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, I started seeing slivers of light everywhere. The rays of the sun coming through the trees, the light on the water, even the stars in the sky.

Each of these was a reminder of all that is perfect and magical in nature, and for even just a moment, it felt like they were signs, glimmers of hope that things were going to get better.

I realised that the more I looked for the slivers of light, the more I saw, and the more light appeared in my world again. I started to realise what Lee had meant by slivers of light. If we are in a dark room, like a prison, but we have a window, all we can do is focus on that light coming through the window, and the more attention we give that light, the lighter it feels around us.

At the same time, I started writing about some of my experiences about finding my own way of the darkness, through nature, and movement, and spirituality. I wrote in stories, and through my writing I helped myself heal, but also brought some meaning and purpose to the time I had spent off work, as well as great satisfaction when I discovered it helped others.
It is often in our darkest moments that we have our biggest breakthroughs, our “quantum moments” as the late, great Wayne Dyer calls them. Perhaps this has already happened for you, but if not, and if you’re still finding that it feels like there is darkness all around, then I believe it’s coming for you. If nothing else, it’s a healthy way to see things – that there is better ahead.

Until that moment happens, we can look for the slivers of light around us, and remind ourselves that there is magic everywhere, we just need to look for it.

To read more about Slivers of Light go to


Gillie Sutherland grew up in the north of England, before settling in Devon, but has now swapped her UK address for one on the Adriatic in the very south of Croatia, in Molunat. A professional yoga trainer she now runs retreats and online courses from her Konavle base. She also writes a weekly column for the Devon newspaper, The Express and Echo. Keep in touch with Gillie via her yoga website -

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In the past 24 hours Croatia has seen the worst day, in terms of new cases of Covid-19, since the pandemic started with 140 new cases recorded. In total 1,088 people in Croatia are now infected with Covid-19, among them 124 patients are in hospital and 3 are on a ventilator.

The largest number of active cases in Croatia is in Zagreb which has 359 cases, followed by the Osječko-baranjska County with 161 cases.

Croatia is seemingly in a second wave of Covid-19, at least as far as new cases are concerned. In the past seven days 578 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected. Yesterday, the 10th of July, was a new record in terms of new cases with 116 confirmed, however unfortunately today has beaten that number with 140 new cases.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 3,672 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 118 have unfortunately passed away and 2,466 have made a full recovery.

There are currently 4,756 people in self-isolation across Croatia.

To date, a total of 92,808 people have been tested, of which 1,322 were tested in the last 24 hours.

Given the epidemiological situation, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has issued a decision on the mandatory use of face masks or medical masks for the duration of the declared epidemic of Covid-19, which will apply from Monday the 13th of July 2020.

Face masks or medical masks are required for:

• employees of health care institutions and persons visiting patients, if visits are allowed
• drivers, other employees in public transport vehicles and public transport passengers
• trade employees and customers during their stay in stores
• employees in hospitality business who are in contact with guests or participate in serving and preparing meals and beverages
• other persons bound to do so by special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of public Health


Finally, some good news on the Covid-19 front as today the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County announced that there have been no new cases of Covid-19 recorded over the past 24 hours.

A total of five people are currently hospitalized at the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,524 samples have been sent for analysis to Zagreb. According to yesterday's announcement of the County Civil Protection Headquarters, 4,462 people were tested until yesterday, which means that 62 were newly tested.

There are currently 153 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.


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