Croatia identifies 23 cases of Delta coronavirus variant
June 25, 2021 – Croatia has registered 23 cases of the Indian / delta variant coronavirus in five counties. If it starts to spread, more stringent epidemiological measures will follow. The Croatian Institute of Public Health and member of the national COVID response team, Krunoslav Capak, said on Friday.
“The Indian variant has been identified in the counties of Međimurje, Šibenik-Knin, Varaždin, Split-Dalmatia and Zagreb. Naturally, we are concerned,” Capak said at a regular COVID press conference.
The Indian variant spreads 30 to 40 times faster.
“The Indian variant is spreading 30 to 40 times faster than the classic and British variant, which has dominated recently. There are indications that the contagion is more severe and that it affects young people, and whether it is starting to spread among us , we will have to apply more stringent measures, ”said Capak.
Croatia has registered 118 new cases of COVID in the past 24 hours, slightly more than last week. However, the number for the whole week fell by 25%. The highest incidence rate is in Zadar County due to recent celebrations following a basketball game when fans failed to adhere to epidemiological measures. As a result, 70% of the new cases registered in Zadar County are people under the age of 40.
“It’s a warning to all of us,” Capak said.
He added that according to the 14-day incidence rate, Croatia ranks 11th among EU countries and 20th for death rate. The current rate of positive cases among those tested is 2.9%, he said.
COVID certificate verification app downloaded over 3,000 times
The head of the COVID response team, Interior Minister Davor Božinović, said the COVID verification app has been downloaded more than 3,000 times. It is currently available in the Apple store and should soon be available in the Google store.
Božinović called on local authorities not to allow uncontrolled mass gatherings so as not to lose control of the epidemic.
Test criteria to modify
As digital green certificates go into effect on July 1, the national testing criteria for proof of COVID recovery will change.
“From July 1, new test criteria will come into effect so that rapid antigen tests that come back positive will have to be confirmed by a PCR test. More than 45,000 people confirmed positive with antigen tests will soon be able to next week to get COVID certificates, ”Capak said.
Even though the vaccination rate has slowed down and the set target of 55% of people vaccinated by the end of June will not be reached, Capak is confident that this target will soon be reached.
When asked how they intend to convince 25% of the population to refuse to be vaccinated, Capak said that the vaccination would mean you can attend certain events, they will be rewarded with concerts and other ways. Employers will be allowed to require that employees who are not vaccinated “be constantly tested”.
EU citizens in green zones don’t need quarantine or testing
Capak said EU citizens coming to Croatia from green zones do not need to be quarantined or tested and enter the country freely.
Most importantly, Croatia is heavily dependent on tourism and must stay in the green zone. In this case, everyone will be able to return to their country without additional restrictions. We have to stay in the green. It is in the interests of Croatia’s health and economy, said Božinović.
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