Thursday, 16 September 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

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.


Croatian tennis player, Marin Čilić, announced on Instagram on Sunday that his wife had given birth to another son. His wife Kristina Milković gave birth to his second son.

Čilić wrote on his social media that “Our small family has grown by another member. Grateful to share that Baldo’s best friend has arrived. And just like that we are officially a team of 4. Baby boy is doing great and Kristine Milković is an absolute rock star. We can’t wait to bring this guy home to his brother.”


In the last 24 hours, 184 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 4,032. Among them, 518 people are in hospital, of which 57 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further five people passed away in the past 24 hours.

The number of people in self-isolation is 8,661. A total of 365,615 people have recovered, 578 of them in the last 24 hours.

To date, a total of 2,597,124 people have been tested, of which 3,942 in the last 24 hours.


In the last 24 hours in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, three new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded.

These are two males and one female: one each from Dubrovnik, Metković and Župa dubrovačka.

14 people made a full recovery: ten from Dubrovnik, three from Metković and one from Vela Luka.

In the last 24 hours, 165 samples were processed, and a total of 126,469 samples have been analyzed since the beginning of the pandemic.

32 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, four of whom are on a ventilator. 

There are 519 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure. 


The school bell will mark the beginning of the new school year 2021/2022 today.

Almost 460 thousand primary and secondary school students throughout Croatia, among them are about 37 thousand first-graders, who will sit in school for the first time, will start the first day of a new school year today. And all lessons will be live and not online.

The exact number of first-graders will be known by the end of September when schools enrol them in the electronic system, stated Ministry of Science and Education.

Free textbooks have been provided for primary school students this year as well, for which 158 million Kuna was provided from the state budget.


Vaccination is a key factor in stopping the spread of coronavirus infections caused by the delta strain, and countries that have vaccinated less than half of their population are particularly at risk, stated Croatian scientist Ivan Đikic, as he spoke to the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz portal on Saturday.

Đikić pointed out that it is now quite clear that the delta strain leads not only to a faster spread of the infection but also to a higher percentage of deaths caused by the infection.

"The positive thing is that countries that have vaccinated the majority of the population, 70 to 80 percent, are largely protected from the more dangerous characteristics of the new delta strain. Unfortunately, countries that have less than or about 50 percent vaccinated are at greater risk," said the Croatian molecular biologist.

Unvaccinated people will make up 90 percent of those affected during the fourth wave of the pandemic, which has already begun, Đikic estimated.

He points out that the numbers are clear evidence of what he and other scientists are warning about.

He reminded that more than 5.3 billion people have been vaccinated worldwide so far, and only in two to three percent of cases, have side effects occurred.

"People who can be vaccinated, and who are still thinking, have fears, misconceptions or questions, should be well informed. Based on accurate information, they should make the right decision," Đikic said.


The Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County has issued a call to the public for Covid-19 vaccinations this coming Thursday and Friday.

The first mass vaccination will be held on Thursday September 9 at the Student Dormitory in Dubrovnik from 8:00am to midday, this day is only for Croatian citizens and no prior notice is required, it will work on a first come first served basis.

And then on Friday September 10, again in the Student Dormitory, there will be another mass vaccination, and from 10:00am to midday foreign nationals can get the Covid-19 vaccine, either Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer.


In the last 24 hours, 28 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 11 males and 17 females: nine from Dubrovnik, five from Ston, four from Župa dubrovačka, three from Konavle and Metković, two from Orebić and one from Opuzen and Vela Luka.

unfortunately, one male from Lumbarda (born 1950) died.

Thirteen people made a full recovery: six from Dubrovnik, two from Metković and Kula Norinska, and one from Ploče, Vela Luka and Župa dubrovačka.

In the last 24 hours, 566 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 126,304 samples have been analyzed.

31 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Five patients require intensive care, four of whom are on ventilators. 

There are 524 people in self-isolation, and no case of violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.


Schools across Croatia reopen their doors on Monday as another school year starts, however this isn’t a normal school year, it’s a Covid effected year. The Croatian Minister of Science and Education, Radovan Fuchs, has stated that unvaccinated teachers and professors will have to wear masks, whilst their vaccinated colleagues don’t have to.

The unions said that instructions and measures are always brought at the last minute, to which the Minister replied that they said the same thing last year and it passed without any problems. "Everything is ready, instructions have been sent, schools have been prepared. All principals of all schools in the Republic of Croatia were interviewed. We are in constant contact. It would not be wise to announce the measures a month or two earlier when you do not know in which direction the pandemic will develop,” commented Minister Radovan Fuchs to the news network N1.

Only around 58 percent of school teachers and professors across Croatia are vaccinated, and when asked about this shocking fact the Minister stated that 71 percent of educators in higher education are vaccinated so “people who do science obviously believe more in science.”

It is recommended that face masks for pupils in schools are to be worn from the 5th grade of elementary school to high school graduates, but the final decision to wear them is made by the school principals.

“They are worn in cases where it is not possible to maintain a distance. The principal may decide that masks do not have to be worn in class. Masks must be worn in corridors and on school buses. Vaccinated educators don’t have to wear masks at lectures, while unvaccinated ones should,” the minister said.


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