Covid: Croatia’s case counts continue to drop to reach last summer’s levels

NEWS 10.06.2022 13:38
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Croatia's health authorities reported on Friday that 285 new cases of the coronavirus and 2 Covid-related death have been recorded in the country over the previous 24 hours.

The rolling seven-day case count now stands at 1,722 – or on average 246 per day, unchanged compared to the seven days prior. The 14-day case count is now 3,445, or 246 cases per day, about 35 percent down from the the previous two-week period.

After a slight spike in cases in late April and early May, reported case counts have been steadily dropping over the past weeks and seems to have largely stabilized at levels last seen in August 2021, some 10 months ago.

On Friday, the rolling seven-day death count was 16, down from 20 deaths reported in the week prior. There are currently 2,125 active cases in the country, including 165 Covid patients in hospital care, also a ten-month low.

To date, Croatia has registered close to 1.14 million coronavirus cases, and the total pandemic-related death toll now stands at 16,014. This amounts to an average of about 19.1 deaths per day after the initial case was detected in Croatia on February 25, 2020.

Some 2.31 million Croatians have received at least one shot of any Covid-19 vaccine to date, which health authorities say translates to 59.5 percent of the country’s entire population. This is the calculation released by health authorities which project the current population size at 3.88 million, in line with the results from the 2021 census results released in January.

This figure includes close to 2.24 million Croatians who have been fully immunized against the disease, which health services now say translates to around 68.7 percent of all adults, implying that there are currently some 3.26 million Croatians aged 18 and above living in the country.

Although the vaccination numbers have been pretty much unchanged for some time now, the slight increase in percentages in early April seems to have come from a change in methodology, as up until recently the authorities used outdated estimates saying that the country has close to 4.1 million people, including 3.4 million adults.

Even though the vaccines are widely available and free of charge, the interest in vaccines among pandemic-fatigued Croatians is reportedly very low. On Thursday authorities reported that only 191 vaccine shots had been administered in the entire country that day, including just 33 first-timers. Booster shots have been available since December 2021, but authorities do not include these statistics in their daily reports.

The daily numbers come from official reports which only account for cases confirmed by PCR tests and which are reported daily to the World Health Organization and other international agencies. Positive results detected via rapid antigen testing (RATs), including at-home tests, are reported and tracked via a separate registry. These are sometimes leaked to the local media who conflate these with officially confirmed figures, creating considerable discrepancies in their reporting.

Due to the low intensity of reported cases, the government scrapped nearly all pandemic rules in April, which included ending nearly all face mask rules and also Covid passes which were required for using any public administration service. However, masks are still required in some public areas, mainly in hospitals and in retirement homes. All pandemic-related travel restrictions for foreign nationals have also been dropped in early May.

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