Today, the 14th of August, was a record breaking day for Croatia, however not a record the country wanted as it recorded the largest number of new cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began.
In the past 24 hours in Croatia 208 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, breaking yesterday’s record of 180 new cases. There are now a total of 961 active cases in Croatia, among which 106 people are in hospital and 10 people are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, over the past 24 hours 2 people have passed away due to the virus.
Today is the first day that the number of that new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia has been over 200.
The highest number of new cases was seen in the Split-Dalmatia County, with 77 new cases including two foreign nationals, the City of Zagreb with 50 new cases, the Osijek-Baranja County with 14, the Šibenik-Knin County with 13 and the Vukovar-Srijem County with 11 new cases.
The Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros, commented for N1 that “The tourist season is in full swing, there are a lot of guests in Croatia, so an increase in the number of positive Covid-19 cases was expected. The new measures should reduce that number. There is no room for concern, but we still expect everyone to respect all self-protection measures."
And at today’s press conference, Alemka Markotić, the Director of the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases "Dr. Fran Mihaljević" in Zagreb, commented on the clinical picture of the new patients.
"Zagreb and the Split-Dalmatia County have the largest number of patients, I will refer to them. In Zagreb, we have 24 hospitalized patients at the Infectious Diseases Clinic, which is the standard for the last ten days. Before that, the numbers were about 45 hospitalized and two on a ventilator. In Split, 16 patients are hospitalized, they have no one is on a ventilator, three are serious patients," she said.
And she added that, "The general impression is that most of these clinical pictures are mild and that the number of hospitalized to the total number of infected is not large. It is important to understand that one of the main reasons why these cases are mild is that mostly young people are getting infected. In recent days, the average age is around 30, but young people must understand that they must be responsible for others. Once again, I urge young people to try to realize that they do not have to give up entertainment completely, but it is important to be responsible, keep distance and observe hygiene measures. This has proven to be a successful model, I am asking young people who have always been leaders in good things to become aware of that part and help us curb the numbers,” stressed Markotic.