Covid: Croatia’s rolling seven-day case count inches up

NEWS 16.03.2022 15:49
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Source: Paul ELLIS / AFP / Ilustracija

Croatia's health authorities reported on Wednesday 2,659 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 Covid-related deaths in the country over the previous 24 hours, marking a slight increase from previous weeks.

Croatia’s daily caseloads have been falling nearly every day after the most recent surge – fueled by the more contagious Omicron variant of the virus – had reached its peak in late January.

The rolling seven-day case count now stands at 9,776, or on average 1,396 per day, around 7 percent up from last week. The 14-day case count is now 18,912 or on average 1,350 cases per day, nearly 40 percent down from the the previous two-week period. The death count is also falling, with 136 deaths recorded over the past seven days, compared to 182 in the week prior.

As of Wednesday, there were 10,240 active cases in the country, including 712 Covid patients in hospital care, the lowest level since late October 2021. To date, Croatia has registered more than 1 million of coronavirus cases, and the total pandemic-related death toll now stands at 15,383. This amounts to an average of about 20 deaths per day since the first case was detected in the country on February 25, 2020.

Meanwhile, 2.3 million Croatians have received at least one shot of any Covid-19 vaccine so far, which health authorities translates to 56.9 percent of the country’s entire population. This is the calculation released by health authorities, which project the current population at little under 4.1 million – even though the latest 2021 census figures released in January by the state statistics bureau put the current population size at 3.88 million.

Some 2.23 million Croatians have been fully immunized against the disease to date, which health services claim translates to around 65.6 percent of adults – which implied that there are currently 3.4 million adults living in the country.

At the same time, the vaccination effort has ground to a halt. Even though the vaccines are widely available and free of charge, the interest in vaccines is reportedly very low – on Tuesday authorities reported that little more than 1,000 vaccine shots had been administered that day, including only 173 first-timers. Booster shots have been available since December, but authorities do not include the numbers of booster shots in their daily reports.

The daily figures 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, including at-home tests, are reported and tracked via a separate registry which are sometimes leaked to the local media and get conflated with official figures.

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