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.


Krunoslav Capak, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, said in an interview for HRT that the National Civil Protection Headquarters introduced the obligation to register all gatherings where more than 100 people will attend a week ago. He said that large gatherings are the biggest problem.

He stressed that it is important to analyse situations in which a large number of infections occur.

"It is not the first time that the local headquarters has given initiatives on the number of guests at gatherings and events. We made the decision on quarantine on Murter, on the initiative of the local headquarters, and the quarantine on Brac was also on the local initiative," said Capak.

Speaking about when a drop in the number of new cases of Covid-19 could be expected, Capak said there was a significant increase in late June.

"We have cooperation with the Ljubljana Institute of Public Health, which has an excellent epidemiologist who deals with mathematical modelling. According to his calculations, the number of infected people in Croatia should start falling," he said.

He stated that the National Headquarters did a very good job of introducing mandatory face masks, and if gatherings are limited, then the possibility of the number of newly infected people will start to decrease.

Also, he added, the working hours of nightclubs are also being discussed and that a decision could be brought in the following days.

He pointed out that in this wave of epidemics, the clinical picture is significantly weaker.

"There are only 120 hospitalized patients and nine people on a ventilator. There are 1,200 active cases. In total, a little more than 10 percent are hospitalized. In the first wave, that percentage was significantly higher – 25 percent, and at one point as much as 35 percent," Capak concluded.


In the past 24 hours Croatia has recorded 92 new cases of Covid-19, meaning that the total number of people infected is now 1,207.

There are currently 153 people in hospital across the country and 9 people are on a ventilator. Over the past 24 hours there have been no new fatalities due to Covid-19.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 4,345 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 120 have died and 3,018 have made a full recovery.

There are currently 4,312 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 103,104 people have been tested, of which 915 were tested in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters announced.


In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 1 new case of coronavirus infection was recorded. It is a male from Dubrovnik, a contact of a previously known case. And on a positive note three people from the area of Dubrovnik have made a full recovery.

At the present time a total of 5 people are hospitalized in Dubrovnik General Hospital. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,220 samples have been sent for analysis to Zagreb.

There are currently 279 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established in the last 24 hours.

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. One of these measures is the obligation to wear protective face masks on all forms of public transport and in stores.


Coming up with creative ways to fight the spread of Covid-19 is important. The Tourist Board of the city of Rovinj-Rovigno has designed its own protective face mask that will be distributed to catering staff and private renters in the city.

“Due to the interesting design with the tourist logo of Rovinj, it will also be an attractive souvenir for many guests,” stated the Rovinj Tourist Board on their website.

In addition to the masks, the Tourist Board has prepared a leaflet or brochure "Info COVID-19" which is intended for guests and renters, and is available in 4 language variants (Croatian, Italian, German and English). It is designed to inform guests about what to do if a coronavirus infection occurs during their stay at the property.


Lauda Air has cancelled all plans to launch flights this year to Dubrovnik this summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports EX-YU Aviation. Lauda Air, a subsidiary of the largest low-cost airline in the world Ryanair, had planned to fly from Vienna to Dubrovnik from the 1st of August with a twice weekly service.

However, these plans have been shelved for 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the travel industry.

Dubrovnik has been particularly badly hit by the pandemic and its knock-on effect on the travel industry as the southernmost region of Croatia relies heavily on airline passengers. It is estimated that around 90 percent of tourists to Dubrovnik arrive by plane. This is in stark contrast to Istria where the majority of guests arrive by car, meaning that the region’s tourism figures aren’t so badly affected.


Nowadays, individuals and businesses are adopting digital marketing strategies to promote their services. They are promoting their services through social media platforms. The promotional content is marketed on these platforms in the form of posts, videos and stories.

Such videos have to go through editing before publishing them online. Video editing is a process of rearrangement of video frames to create the desired outcome. While editing a video, some special effects and music are also added to make the video creative and interesting. Invitation makers, video makers, are also used along with video editing software.

Following is the list of top 20 performing video editing apps to be aware of

Power Director – It is a cross-platform mid-level video editing app compatible with both Android and iOS. This app is equipped with a multi-track editing option. You can export your videos to YouTube directly from this app. In the free version of this app, there is a watermark on all the videos which are edited here. If you get the paid version, you will also get 4K support and advert-free editing.

Inshot – If you wish to upload your videos on social media, then this app is perfect for you. Inshot runs on both iOS and Android platforms. With its great interface you can import, trim, add filters, special effects, captions, emojis, music and sound effects to your videos. There is no multi-track editor option and 4K support in this app.

Adobe Premiere Rush – This is a cross-platform app suitable to edit short videos. Adobe premiere rush runs on all operating systems. In its free version, this app allows some great features to add to your videos. The user interface is quite accessible, and you can upload your videos on YouTube and other social media platforms easily.

Hyperlapse – It is an iOS-supported app created by Instagram. This app lets you speed up your videos in fast frames. You can convert a minute’s video into a 10-second lapse video here. This app is best suited if you wish to upload your videos on Instagram and other social media apps.

Kinemaster pro – This app offers an advanced level of video editing for Android system users. It comes with a multi-track editing option. So, you can merge two or more videos and edit them here. The paid version of this app allows you to perform some advanced editing on your videos. You can also export your videos to YouTube directly from this app.

Shotcut – It is an open-source video editing app available on Mac, Windows and Linux. This app allows you to create some high-quality videos for both professional and normal use. You can use this app for free but its interface is a bit complex.

Machete video editor lite – This app is developed for Windows system only. You can download this app for free and explore some amazing video editing features. You can easily edit your videos and export them to other platforms as well.

Splice – Splice is a Mac video editing software. You can edit your videos here and add special effects with music. This app will help you to create a beautiful video collage seamlessly.

Lightworks – It is a free video editing app supported by Mac, Linux and Windows systems. This app is equipped with high-end editing features along with special effects. The pro version of this app is a paid one and offers more advanced features.

Videoshow – Now this is another popular video editing app for Android and iOS devices. This app lets you add text overlay, filters, music, stickers, and special effects to your videos.

Hitfilm – Hitfilm is an advanced editing app supported by both Windows and Mac operating systems. The paid version of this app has some advanced features, including adding visual effects, 3D rendering and adding high resolution.

Quik – Created by GoPro, this app is available on Windows, iOS and Android devices. GoPro camera users especially can use this app for video editing. This app is equipped with 20 preset themes and other distinct video editing features.

VSDC Free video editor – This app is designed for Windows operating system devices. This free app gives you a lot of professional video editing features. Some of them include-- colour correction, volume correction, sound normalization and object transformation.

Blender – This open-source app is available on Windows, Linux and Mac devices. For some high-quality professional videos, you can rely on this app. It has all advanced 3D editing options.

We Video – We video is a free cloud-based video editing app available on Android and iOS devices. It has all advanced video editing features. However, with the paid version you can export your videos in 4K resolution.

Viva video – This free video editing app works on both Android and iOS devices. Video creators can make the best use of this app. It includes features such as slideshow maker, simple collage maker and creative camera lenses.

InVideo – InVideo is a basic video editing app supported on Windows, Linux and Mac operating system devices. This movie maker app supports multiple video formats and offers various filters with special effects. You can also add subtitles to your videos.

Pic Play Post – You can make some great video collages with Pic Play Post video editing app. This app is free to download and works on both iOS and Android systems. This app is great for uploading video collages on social media platforms.

Filmora Go – This Android device-supported app is available for free. With the accessible interface, you can edit some great videos here. This app does not support the multi-track editing option. You can export your videos directly from YouTube from this app.

Lumafusion – This iOS-supported video editing app is for professional video editing. This paid app has pro-level features including 4K UHD 25fps export, colour correction, keyframing, insert/overwrite capability, audio mixing and much more.


In the past 24 hours Croatia has recorded 116 new cases of Covid-19 as the second wave of new cases continues. There are currently 1,204 people infected with Covid-19 across the country, among them 139 people are currently hospitalised and eight people are on a ventilator.

On a positive note there have been no casualties in the past 24 hours due to the virus, and it would appear from the number’s and statistics that the vast majority of these new cases have milder symptoms of the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 4,253 people have contracted the new coronavirus, of which 120 have died and 2,929 have recovered.

There are currently 4,507 people in self-isolation up and down the country.

To date, a total of 102,189 people have been tested, of which 1,338 in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said.


In the last 24 hours, 7 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are five people (three men and two women) from Ploče who are epidemiologically linked to a gathering in the Split-Dalmatia County, and one man from Dubrovnik who is the contact of a previously known case, as well as one woman also from Dubrovnik for whom an epidemiological link is still being established. All are on home treatment with mild symptoms.

On a positive note five people have made a full recovery in the county.

There are a total of five people currently hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

Since the beginning of the pandemic a total of 5,145 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.

There are currently 250 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was established.


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