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.
The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a public call for vaccination against coronavirus, which will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
The vaccination will again be held at the Student Dormitory Dubrovnik (Marka Marojice 2). All Croatian citizens can be vaccinated in the period from 8:00 am to 11:00 am, and foreign citizens from 11:00 am to midday.
The mass vaccination will be performed with three vaccines, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.
In the last 24 hours, two new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
It is about one male and one female, both from Dubrovnik.
22 people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, five from Konavle, four from Ston, three from Župa dubrovačka, two from Ploče and one from the Dubrovačko primorje and Lumbarda.
In the last 24 hours, 121 samples were processed, and a total of 130,425 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.
27 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.
There are 715 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.
The 11th session of the National Council for the Introduction of the Euro as the Official Currency in the Republic of Croatia is being held today at the National and University Library.
Vice President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis is also taking part in the session and Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, addressed the session, reports N1.
"The strategic priority of this government is to join the Schengen zone, we will be on the agenda of political decision-making at the end of this or next year, and the second priority is the introduction of the euro," said Plenković in his introductory speech.
He also spoke about the experience of other countries with the introduction of the euro
"Currency risk and foreign exchange costs will disappear, foreign investments will be encouraged, and this will have an additional effect on our credit rating. This will facilitate Croatian exports, and will also affect the arrival of tourists. The standard of living has risen significantly after the introduction of the euro,” said the Prime Minister. And added “We will be ready to enter on January 1, 2022.”
You've probably got more chance of seeing a penguin swimming in the Adriatic than spotting me waiting in a doctor's surgery. Even though my entire family works, in one form or another, for the health system I avoid anything to do with white coats like a vampire avoids a ray of sunshine.
So when I found myself sitting and waiting in front of the doctor’s door this week I was on unfamiliar ground.
It isn’t that I don’t trust doctors here, far from it. Every experience that I’ve had personally with either the hospital or nursing staff in general has been first class, I couldn’t fault a thing, even the food was edible. Now clearly some investment is needed into the infrastructure side of things, but the staff are doing a great job. So as I was waiting to see a doctor there must have been something wrong, and something that neither I or Google could fix.
The older you get the more things start falling off
You get to a certain age and you start worrying that things are going to start to fall off. I guess the human body is like a car. The more miles on the clock the greater the chance of a breakdown.
I’d had this God awful cough for ten days. Every morning my body tried to eject my lungs from the rest of my body. Luckily it didn’t succeed, however it did manage to eject a whole mix of rather unsavoury things. But let’s not go into that now.
“Are you sure it isn’t Covid?” said my wife. That’s one of the problems when you have a global pandemic, you blame everything on the virus. Did Covid kill everything else? I was 99 percent sure that I could rule the virus out, but just to keep peace at home I tested myself. Being double vaccinated I knew there was a good chance that it wasn’t the virus, and as I didn’t have any other symptoms I was even surer.
“It’s like a pregnancy test,” said my wife. “Do you stick a pregnancy test up your nose then?” I laughed. Negative! I was neither Covid positive or pregnant!
My energy levels were low, I’d wake up with 20 percent battery level and after a few hours I’d be needing a recharge. Of course, I awoke every morning hoping I’d be better so I wouldn’t have to seek medical attention.
When you're sick Google will finish you off!
Google killed me! As I typed in the symptoms I had I was greeted with a whole range of possible diseases from cancer to pneumonia and yes of course Covid-19. I don’t know why I even ask Google, I know I shouldn’t, but my curiosity gets the better of me every time.
A week went by and my cough was still throwing out a bucket load of sticking stuff from my body. If you want to make yourself a social leper in one easy step, then start coughing uncontrollably in a supermarket. I had people looking at me as if I was a mass murderer. I thought about printing a T-shirt – “I don’t have Covid just a terrible cough.”
In spite of gulping down a cocktail of syrups and homemade concoctions it seemed that something stronger was required, something I couldn’t get without a prescription.
“So what symptoms do you have?” asked the friendly doctor. I released an almighty cough, “that!” She smiled. More questions followed and then the listening of my lungs which I had presumed were barely alive.
Some tapping into her computer and the blessed words that you want to her from any doctor, “You seem fine.” Of course bed rest and a stronger syrup were recommended but the good news was I was on the road to recovery. “You probably won’t be running a marathon any time soon, but you’re fine,” she added. That was fine by me as I had no plans to run a marathon ever. I waved goodbye, not planning to see the doctor (touch wood) for the foreseeable future.
I gulped down the syrup and did as the doctor ordered and went to bed, the best doctor’s advice ever.
And just to raise my spirits here is my favourite medical joke, a short history of medicine - “Doctor I have a headache.” - 2000 B.C. – “Here, eat this root.” - 1000 B.C. – “That root is a demon, say this prayer.” - 1850 A.D. – “That prayer is a superstition, drink this potion.” - 1940 A.D. – “That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.” - 1985 A.D. – “That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.” - 2000 A.D. – “That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!”
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In the last 24 hours, 30 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These are 17 males and 13 females: ten from Dubrovnik, seven from Župa dubrovačka, four from Ston, three from Konavle, two from Lumbarda and Orebić, and one from Korčula and Mljet.
20 people made a full recovery: four from Dubrovnik and Župa dubrovačka, three from Konavle and Korčula, and one from Dubrovačko primorje and Metković.
In the last 24 hours, 583 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 130,304 samples have been analyzed.
28 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Four patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.
There are 751 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.
Former Croatian national basketball team member and Chicago Bulls star, Toni Kukoč was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield on Saturday. Kukoč became the fifth Croatian basketball player to enter the Hall of Fame, after Krešimir Ćosić in 1996, Dražen Petrović in 2002, Mirko Novosel in 2007 and Dina Rađa in 2018.
Way back in 2014 Kukoč was nominated by the Chicago Bulls to enter the Hall of Fame, and it has taken the Croatian basketball star eight attempts to join the exclusive club.
“I started playing sports when I was eight, with table tennis and football, and then at the age of 15 basketball. My career was defined by two teams - Jugoplasitika from Split and the Chicago Bulls. Split, my hometown is one of the biggest sporting cities in history and it has given the world a lot of great sports names,” Kukoč began his speech.
"In my international career, I played for two countries - Yugoslavia and Croatia - and I had great success with them. I played with big names in those national teams that are themselves members of the Hall of Fame - like the late Dražen Petrović, Dino Radja and Vlado Divac,” he added.
"And I played with some other big names. I want to thank Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for ‘breaking’ me at the 1992 Olympics and forcing me to work even harder to be an important member of the Bulls,” said Kukoč.
Editor of The Dubrovnik Times, Mark Thomas, meets Toni Kukoč in 2011
Toni Kukoč started his career at Jugoplastica in Split where he played from 1987 to 1991, and then moved to Benetton where he was until 1993 when he transferred to the NBA. He spent 13 years there until 2006, and played for the Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks. With the Chicago Bulls, he won the NBA title three times and was named the best sixth player in the strongest league in the world. In 846 games played in the NBA, he averaged 11.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
With the Croatian national team, he won Olympic silver in Barcelona in 1992 and two bronze medals at the European and one at the World Championships. Prior to that, he won the 1988 Olympic silver with the Yugoslav national team, as well as world gold, two European gold and one bronze.
“We can’t introduce mandatory vaccination because we said at the beginning that we wouldn’t,” said the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, at a press conference today.
Around 52 percent of the adult population in Croatia have been vaccinated against Covid-19. And over the past few weeks the number of new cases have been rising and this week Croatia was ranked as red on the new European Centre for Disease Control Covid map for the European Union.
Plenkovic said today that vaccination against Covid-19 would not be mandatory for anyone and that he believed Croatian citizens were reasonable, wise and informed. And he added that in spite of the rise in infections, Croatia had no plans to tighten up the current Covid restrictions.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters has released new data on those infected with the coronavirus in Croatia.
In the last 24 hours, 1,162 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 6,143. Among them, 559 people are in hospital, of which 55 are on ventilators.
Unfortunately, 14 people died in the past 24 hours.
To date, a total of 2,649,120 people have been tested, of which 10,651 were tested in the last 24 hours.
The number of persons in self-isolation is 12,937. A total of 368,538 people recovered, of which 696 in the last 24 hours.