Croatia has turned completely red on the latest Covid-19 map of Europe published every Thursday by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. This move into the red zone was probably expected given the huge increase in new Covid cases over recent days. And although the map is largely used by European members as advice rather than a hard and fats rule the fact that Croatia is now red may have some effect on the tourism industry.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, commented for Dubrovacki Vjesnik on the current state of the Covid and travel situation, and whether this move into the red zone will end tourism in the city for this season.
“I would not now invoke the blackest scenario that happened to us last year and which led to a lockdown, however I also think that our guests will not continue to come with the same intensity as before,” stated the mayor.
He added that “I think that we will still finish the season, but we are very worried about the growth of the infected, and even more so the number of those who need hospital treatment. We can’t do much, but we can still, no matter how much anti-vaxxers dislike it, constantly call on people to get vaccinated to protect their own lives first, and then other people’s lives. We never know whether we will be the ones to be hit by the most severe form of the disease.”
Reactions to the news of Croatia's into the European red zone hasn’t been met with shock and disbelief, in fact it was expected. For the last couple of weeks the country has experienced an increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections. The only green countries on the ECDC map of Europe are Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland.