Croatia’s coronavirus case and death rates keep falling to six-month lows

NEWS 18.04.2022 14:42
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Source: N1

Croatia's health authorities reported on Monday that 30 new cases of the coronavirus and 7 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in the country over the previous 24 hours.

The low numbers may reflect the fact that Easter Monday is a bank holiday in Croatia, coming after Easter Sunday.

The rolling seven-day case count now stands at 4,399 – or on average 628 per day, a 30-percent drop compared to the seven days prior. The 14-day case count is now 10,720, or 766 cases per day, nearly 32 percent down from the the previous two-week period – indicating that case count is continues falling to levels unseen since early September, more than six months ago.

On Monday, the rolling seven-day death count was 48, down from 75 deaths reported in the week prior. There are currently 3,946 active cases in the country, including 478 Covid patients in hospital care – the lowest figure since early September 2021.

To date, Croatia has registered more than one million coronavirus cases, and the total pandemic-related death toll now stands at 15,742. This amounts to an average of 20.1 deaths per day since the first 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 59.4 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 68.6 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percentages in early April seems to have come from a change in methodology, as up until recently the authorities used outdated estimates saying that the country has close to 4.1 million people, including 3.4 million adults.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 Easter Sunday authorities reported that a single vaccine shot had been administered in the entire country, which was not a first-timer. Booster shots have been available since December, 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 recently scrapped nearly all pandemic rules still in place, including mandatory face masks in public and Covid passes. However, face masks are still required in some public areas such as hospitals and retirement homes. In addition, although travelers from EU countries are now allowed entry into the country with no restrictions, non-EU visitors are still required to present proof of vaccination.

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