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Firefighters from almost all of Croatia, who are helping firefighters from Sisak-Moslavina County, have been removing ruins in Petrinja, Glina, Sisak and surrounding settlements for five days now, directly rescuing more than 30 people and unfortunately leading to three firefighters sustaining injuries.
In rescue interventions in the rubble left by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake firefighters, using rescue dogs, saved more than 30 people from destroyed buildings.
Interventions included searching the area, removing dangerous parts of buildings, removing chimneys, covering roofs, cleaning pavements, marking dangerous places, transporting and delivering supplies, water and other necessities, the Croatian Fire Brigade said on Friday.
More than 800 firefighters, 220 fire trucks and 11 search dogs took part in the interventions in the entire area every day.
Chief Fire Commander Slavko Tucakovic also pointed out that a large number of interventions were recorded in neighbouring counties, and especially in the area of the City of Zagreb. He especially thanked the firefighters involved in collecting and delivering aid and helping the population through non-operational firefighting activities and asked citizens for patience.
"We ask the citizens for patience, because we have a lot of calls. The removal of dangerous parts of the facilities is ongoing, and we must take all measures not to endanger citizens or firefighters in the field. All received calls from citizens will be resolved," said the Commander of the Headquarters for the Management of Fire Operations in the area of the city of Petrinja and its surroundings, Dario Gauš, from the Rijeka Public Fire Brigade.
"The fact that the work is not easy at all, and that the firefighters are in constant danger, is evidenced by the fact that three firefighters were slightly injured. There was also a case of firefighters finding explosive devices in one of the buildings, of which they also informed members of the police," the Croatian Fire Brigade said.
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This afternoon at 2.45 pm, the first baby of this year was born in the Dubrovnik hospital.
The boy and his mother Klaudija Jerosimić were presented with a gift on behalf of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County by the director of the Dubrovnik General Hospital, Marijo Bekić, since the prefect could not traditionally visit the first baby born in the new year this year due to epidemiological reasons.
It is interesting to note that Klaudija and Siniša Jerosimić were also the parents of the first child born in 2019.
902 children were born in the Dubrovnik General Hospital in 2020, which is more than in 2019, when 863 children were born, and also in 2018, when 870 children were born.
In the last 24 hours, 2,391 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 8,899.
There are currently 2,524 people in hospital and 231 people on ventilators.
Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 60 people have passed away due to the virus, meaning that the death toll in Croatia has now reached 3,920.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 210,837 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 3,920 have died, a total of 198,018 people have recovered, of which 1,733 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 22,010 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 1,019,109 people have been tested, of which 8,441 were tested in the last 24 hours, the National Civil Protection Headquarters reported.
The Croatian Seismological Institute have published a map of earthquakes in Croatia for the period since the devastating earthquake that hit central Croatia.
The huge 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Petrinja region on the 29th of December struck at exactly at 12:19, and the map shows all the subsequent quakes until the 30th of December up to 22:00.
Seen in this graphic way it is shocking to see the amount and indeed magnitude of earthquakes in central Croatia.
The Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (Hanfa) reported on Tuesday that more than 800 registered regulated entities from the United Kingdom (UK) and Gibraltar would be deleted from its registers due to Brexit.
As emphasized in the statement, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) from 1 January next year is considered a third country in relation to EU member states, which will lead to changes in Hanfa's registers regarding financial service providers from the UK and Gibraltar.
“On 1 January 2021, Hanfa will delete from its registers over 800 registered regulated entities based in the UK and Gibraltar, which until now were authorized to provide services and/or perform activities in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of an EU passport, as well as 57 alternative investment funds that have been notified for marketing in the Republic of Croatia", pointed out from Hanfa.
It was stated that these are 167 companies from the UK and three from Gibraltar notified for the provision of investment services and investment activities, 59 fund management companies from the EU, 110 insurance companies from the UK and a subsidiary of EU (re) insurance companies in the United Kingdom, five insurance companies from Gibraltar and a subsidiary of EU insurance companies in Gibraltar, 464 insurance distributors from the UK and one insurance distributor from Gibraltar.
The withdrawal agreement, ratified by the European Parliament on 29 January 2020, defines a transitional period - from 1 February to 31 December 2020 - during which companies from the UK, can freely provide services on the basis of an EU passport, and during the transitional period EU law applies to such companies.
After the end of this transitional period, UK companies will no longer be able to do so and will have to adjust their operations to the fact that from 1 January 2021 they will be in the status of third country companies vis-à-vis EU member states, Hanfa said.
The list of entities from the UK and Gibraltar that Hanfa will delete from its registers from 1 January 2021 and which will no longer be able to provide their services in the territory of the Republic of Croatia on the basis of an EU passport can be found on the Hanfa website.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 42 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (28 were determined by a rapid antigen test).
These are 19 people from Dubrovnik, nine from Konavle, four from the Zupa Dubrovacka, three from Ploče, two from Metković, one each from Korčula, Lumbarda, Orebić, Trpanj and Mljet.
A total of 22 males and 20 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 29 of them.
45 people have made a full recovery - 15 from Dubrovnik, six from Ploče, five from Korčula, four each from Metković and Vela Luka, three each from Konavle and Lumbarda, one each from Orebić, Slivno, Ston and Župa dubrovačka, and one person who does not reside in area of our county.
34 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 258 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 33,035 samples have been analysed.
There are 640 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been six violations of the self-isolation measure (all six at border crossings).
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 55 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (25 were determined by a rapid antigen test).
These are 24 people from Dubrovnik, 11 from Konavle, six from Metković, five from Župa dubrovačka, three from Vela Luka, two each from Opuzen and Ploče, and two people who do not reside in our county.
A total of 23 males and 32 females were infected, and an epidemiological link was established for 35 of them.
Unfortunately, one female from Dubrovnik (born in 1944) has passed away due to the virus.
45 people made a full recovery - 11 from Dubrovnik, nine from Metković, eight from Konavle, four each from Orebić and Župa dubrovačka, three each from Kula Norinska and Ploče, two from Opuzen and one from Dubrovacko Primorje.
33 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Eight patients require intensive care, seven patients are on invasive ventilation, and one is on non-invasive ventilation.
In the last 24 hours, 234 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 32,777 samples have been analysed, or around 27 percent of the population of the county.
There are 592 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been eight violations of the self-isolation measure (six at border crossings).
The end of the year has seen grey and stormy weather in the wider Dubrovnik region with strong southerly winds also bringing heavy seas.
The normally calm Adriatic Sea has been whipped up by the strong winds and waves have been crashing on Dubrovnik beaches.
Reports show that many of the beaches in the region have suffered some kind of damage and it is hardly surprising given the force of the waves.