Croatia’s Covid numbers keep falling to reach six-month low

NEWS 04.04.2022 16:49
Source: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL

Croatia's health authorities reported on Monday that 97 new cases of the coronavirus and 18 Covid-related deaths have been recorded in the country over the previous 24 hours. The unusually low number can be attributed to testing labs taking a day off on Sunday.

However, the rolling seven-day case count now stands at 8,625 – or on average 1,232 per day, a 13-percent drop compared to the seven days prior. The 14-day case count is now 18,523, or 1,323 cases per day, nearly 9 percent down from the the previous two-week period, indicating that case count is stabilizing back to levels from early October, six months ago.

The daily death count is back into double digits, breaking a three-day series of lower death figures. As of Monday, the rolling seven-day death count is 85, almost unchanged from 83 deaths in the week prior. There are currently 7,626 active cases in the country, including 649 Covid patients in hospital care – the lowest figure since mid-September.

To date, Croatia has registered more than one million coronavirus cases, and the total pandemic-related death toll now stands at 15,619. This amounts to an average of 20.3 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 leased 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 percentage reported starting last week seems to have come from a change in methodology – up until recently the authorities used outdated estimates saying that the country has close to 4.1 million people, including 3.4 million adults.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 Sunday authorities reported that only 10 vaccine shots had been administered that day in the entire country, including just two first-timers. 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.

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