ZAGREB, 14 January (Hina) – Croatia is seeing a continued downward trend in the numbers of new coronavirus infections and hospitalisations, which is reducing the pressure on the healthcare system, but there is no room for relaxing because of increases in other European countries, Health Minister Vili Beroš told a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
“For the first time since 22 November we have recorded a decline in the number of hospitalisations below 2,000,” Beroš said.
Since many European countries continue to report increased numbers of new cases, despite the improved epidemiological situation in Croatia there is no room for relaxing in adhering to the epidemiological measures in place, the health minister said.
In the past 24 hours there have been 980 new COVID cases registered in Croatia while 45 people have died, the national COVID response team said on Thursday.
There are 5,210 active cases in the country, of whom 1,921 are patients in hospital treatment, including 176 patients are on ventilators.
Since 25 February when the first case was recorded in Croatia, there have been 223,097 registered cases of the novel coronavirurs and 4,517 people have died as a consequence. A total of 213,370 have recovered, with 1,025 of them recovering in the past 24 hours.
Currently 18,272 people are in self-isolation.
A total of 1,102,552 people have been tested for coronavirus, with 6,847 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, the response team reported.
38,281 doses of vaccine have been used since 27 December
“Since 27 December, 38,281 doses of vaccine have been used in Croatia. In terms of the number of vaccinations per 100,000 people, according to yesterday’s figures Croatia ranks sixth highest in the EU. 3,652 people have been vaccinated in (earthquake-devastated) Sisak-Moslavina County,” Beroš said, adding that 18,489 health workers have been vaccinated to date.
He said that vaccination of people suffering from chronic diseases and people older than 65 who were not in care homes was starting gradually. He stressed the need for establishing mobile teams to vaccinate bed-ridden patients in care homes and teams to vaccinate people at their place of work.