Monday, 06 April 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were six traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, two persons got light injuries, while there were three traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 95 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 43 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper overtaking, 34 measures for improper stop and parking, nine measures because of non-use of the seat belt, two measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and two measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The fire started yesterday morning at the island of Korcula, at Smokvica County, and is still causing trouble, according to the information on the official Facebook page of the County published at 9 am.

- As of this morning, 90 firefighters with 25 vehicles have been working on the fire with the help of 2 canaders. The fire station includes members of the DIP Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Fire Department, Dubrovacko primorje, Cilipi, Putnikovici, Orebic, Lumbarda, Korcula, Smkovica, Blato and Vela Luka.The bad news is that the wind is getting stronger again – they wrote.

On this day Dubrovnik marks the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that happened in back in 1667. 

The largest natural disaster in Dubrovnik history happened on April 6th, around 8 in the morning. Catastrophic earthquake started with rumbling sound and was followed by a tremendous kick that rocked the city and crashed it. Huge stones rolled down the hill of Srd and destroyed everything on its way.

Powerful tsunami devastated the port. Sea withdrew couple of times and then came back – waves carried the boats and crashed them on the coast. Cracks have appeared in the land and water sources have dried up. Dust was so thick that it obscured the sky.

Strong wind fueled the fire from homes and bakeries, turning it into the fire that was not extinguished for almost 20 days. Moaning, groaning and frantically running of those who survived marked that day and made it even more catastrophic.

The earthquake has destroyed almost the entire city and buried around 3000 people, while the fire destroyed cultural gods that have been built for several centuries. With fire, one more catastrophe came and made terrible damage to the city – robbers.

To make this even worse, the earthquake hit Dubrovnik in a critical political moment, in the time of long Candian war between Venice and Turkey. Warring parties now had a chance to gain an important advantage by taking over Dubrovnik and its port. They failed to do that thanks to the skilful and persistent Dubrovnik diplomatic actions.

You can see the video animation below, made by Dubrovnik Museums in cooperation with Novena d.o.o. for their central annual exhibition 'Stjepan Gradic-otac domovine'.

Dubrovnik-Neretva Police thanked all citizens who respect the decisions of the Civil Protection Staff of the Republic of Croatia and the recommendations of epidemiologists and doctors to stay at home.

- Despite the fact that each of us would like to spend these sunny days walking and enjoying the beauty of nature, this Saturday the streets, squares, parks, promenades throughout our County were empty. AND THANK YOU FOR THIS! – Dubrovnik-Neretva Police published.

They add that they are aware that everyone would love to spend these beautiful days in nature, hanging out with friends and family, but there will be time for that and now it is more important to listen to the instructions of the experts, because this is the only way to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Police officers went to all public places where citizens could congregate and checked that everyone respected the Decision on the strict restriction of staying on the streets and other public places for a long time, and would continue with these activities.

- Take care of yourself, your loved ones and the wider community and stay at home! – Dubrovnik Neretva Police wrote.

 

Google has released a global report about moving of the citizens during the coronavirus pandemic "COVID-19 Community Mobility Report". For Croatia, the data shows that citizens have significantly reduced their usual activities from 16th of February to 29th of March.

When it comes to retail and recreation section of the research, which shows mobility trends for places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theaters, the number of Croatians that were active at that field dropped for 82 percent compared to baseline.
Mobility trends for places like grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, and pharmacies also show a decrease of 57 percent.

Mobility trends for places like national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, and public gardens dropped for 45 percent, while going to public transport, to hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations went down for 74 percent.

When it comes to going to workplaces, the numbers also went down 50 percent. However, mobility trends for places of residence went up for 15 percent, which means that many Croatians decided to stay at home!

There is also detailed information on Counties in Croatia, and you can see the whole report here.

Google prepared this report to help everybody, especially public health officials understand responses to social distancing guidance related to COVID-19. As they say, this report shouldn’t be used for medical diagnostic, prognostic, or treatment purposes. It also isn’t intended to be used for guidance on personal travel plans. Location accuracy and the understanding of categorized places varies from region to region, so they don’t recommend using this data to compare changes between countries, or between regions with different characteristics (e.g. rural versus urban areas).

Croatia is slighly above average with a share of citizens over 65 years old in the total population, and has 20.5 percent, or about 838 thousand citizens who need to be more careful during the coronavirus pandemic - Vecernji.hr writes.

The oldest group of eldery people in Croatia is about 385 thousand over 75 years old, the Eurostat announced, to draw attention to which countries are in higher risk of coronavirus.

Croatia has 262 thousand citizens between the ages of 65 and 69 and 190 thousand between the ages of 70 and 74. Eurostat states that Croatia had four million inhabitants last year.

In EU Member States, the highest share of elder people in 2019 was observed in Italy (22.8 percent), followed by Greece (22 percent), Portugal and Finland (21.8 percent each), Germany (21.5 percent) and Bulgaria (21.3 percent). The lowest shares of the elderly are in Ireland (14.1 percent) and Luxembourg (14.4 percent).

According to Vecernji.hr, in 2019, 20.3 percent of the EU population was over 65, which is 0.3 percentage points more than a year ago and 2.9 percentage points more than a decade ago.

Coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed air traffic worldwide, including in Croatia. And what are the proportions of the difficult situation in which the aviation industry has found itself shows the data on passenger traffic for March at the three largest Croatian airports - Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik – Vecernji.hr reports.

While the Zagreb Airport has four daily scheduled flights operated by Croatia Airlines, so some passengers can still be seen at the airport, Dubrovnik and Split are completely deserted without any flights daily. The situation is the same at smaller Croatian airports - Zadar, Pula, Rijeka and Osijek.

According to Vecernji.hr, the Zagreb Airport (Franjo Tudman) recorded a 58 percent drop in the number of passengers in March compared to March 2019, when 232,978 passengers passed through the largest Croatian airport.

Split Airport had 50,037 passengers in March last year, and only 16,466 in March this year.

When it comes to Dubrovnik, 57,773 passengers passed through the airport in the third month of 2019, and 19,480 in March this year, which is a 66.3 percent drop. But it's important to emphasize that Dubrovnik Airport has been closed for all the civil traffic from March 19th, after the first case of COVID-19 was dicovered with an employee of Dubrovnik Airport. It is planned to stay closed until April 15th and, combined with the world situation, there is no bright future for the traffic numbers in the next couple of months. According to Vecernji.hr, in April last year more than 210 thousand passengers passed through this airport.

Croatia Airlines operates four more flights from Zagreb to Frankfurt, London, Brussels and Amsterdam. At the Dubrovnik airport, Vecernji.hr was told that all airlines canceled their flights for April and May, but their hope is that they will start returning in June.

During March 2020, 16,778 arrivals were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 73 percent less than in March 2019 and 60,298 overnight stays, which is 55 percent less than in March 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, there were 63.054 arrivals, which is 45 percent less than in the same period of 2019. In the first three months of 2020, 178,437 overnights were realized, which is 39 percent less than in 2019.

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