Today is the second worst day in CROATIA in terms of the number of newly infected since the beginning of the pandemic, according to data published by the National Headquarters at 2 p.m. Then they said we had 95 new cases of coronavirus.
But during the day that number increased by 18 new cases. As Zvonimir Šostar, the head of the Teaching Institute for Public Health, Dr. Andrija Štampar, in the meantime, in the area of the City of Zagreb it turned out that we have 18 new cases, which increases the total number at the state level to 113 cases.
So, with the latest data confirmed to us by Sostar, this is the worst day since the beginning of the pandemic. But those 18 new ones will actually only enter tomorrow’s statistics, so today will remain listed as the second worst with 95 new cases. Recall, on April 1, we had 96 new cases.
Two thirds of those infected in the City of Zagreb come from the Sveti Ivan Psychiatric Hospital. All are in stable condition and no one is on a respirator, the hospital said.
Sostar points out that the sudden jump of newly infected people is a surprise, many cases are related to folk clubs
“We have three groups of virus imports. Two came from BiH, two from Serbia and two cases are related to Đakovo. All the rest are younger people. Our epidemiologists revealed in conversations with them that they were in folk clubs where there is no crowd. it can find out where the infection came from, “Sostar said.
Sostar says the new figures surprised everyone.
“We are surprised, that’s the number we had in the middle of the epidemic. It just shows how much we care and how quickly we forgot that the epidemic was there among us,” he said.
Šostar briefly added that the Zagreb headquarters is considering the option of introducing special measures in shopping centers and markets, following the example of Istria, which made such decisions on Wednesday; it is mandatory to wear staff masks and limit the number of customers in the store space.
The new focus is Đakovo, the epicenter of the spread of the infection is the monastery
In addition, a new coronavirus outbreak has emerged in Croatia. It is Đakovo, ie the Đakovo monastery under the jurisdiction of the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese. 36 nuns were infected, and among the newly ill was the retired Archbishop of Đakovo-Osijek, Marin Srakić, who was hospitalized in the Osijek KBC. Five other people were hospitalized with him.
The Archbishop of Đakovo-Osijek, Đuro Hranić, and the Auxiliary Bishop Ivan Ćurić are in self-isolation, and among those infected are the director and educator of the Kindergarten Sunčev sjaj Nazaret, which operates within the Monastery of the Sisters of Mercy of St. Cross in Đakovo. It is the largest coronavirus outbreak in the county.
133 children ended up in self-isolation
On Thursday, 133 children from that kindergarten were sent to self-isolation, along with their parents. Epidemiologist Karlo Kožul told reporters in Đakovo that they had treated all those who would be at risk of infection, taking more than 190 samples in the first shift in the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese, priests and nuns, and that they were expected to shift in the seminary to take about 80 more samples. More information about the hotspot will be known tomorrow.
“We have finished taking samples of children in kindergarten, we will take samples of some other children who were taught religious education by some nuns, but I don’t think there will be any major problems because the virus is a real problem for children,” Kozul said.
The chief epidemiologist did not want to say whether there were any omissions in the appearance of the Đakovo hotspot
When asked by journalists, given that yesterday’s information about two infected people in the kindergarten, including the director of the institution, turned out to be correct, but there was no official information about it, whether he considers it an omission, Kozul answered that they transmitted it media, but he heard nothing about it.
When asked if the whole kindergarten is in self-isolation, he answered that the children are in self-isolation and that the parent does not have to be because it is a secondary contact, but someone has to look after the child.
When asked what happened to the first communions and confirmations, which took place last weekend, and in which the archbishops also took part, Kožul answered that those chrismans and godparents who were in direct contact with the retired archbishop Marin would be taken into epidemiological processing. Srakićem. He is positive for coronavirus and is being treated at the Osijek KBC.
How did it all start with the hotspot in Đakovo?
It all started on Sunday night when the three sisters got a fever. 10 cases of infection have been confirmed. Five of them were transported to the Osijek Clinical Hospital, considering that they are older women.
“Yes, it is true, on Sunday afternoon three nurses got a fever. We immediately contacted our doctor who informed the epidemiologist, yesterday we went for testing and out of 12 nurses, 10 of us were positive,” the provincial head nurse told Radio Đakovo at the time. Valerija Široki.
It is assumed that the infection came from Kosovo.
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“We assume that the source of the infection is the nuns from Kosovo. The nurses returned from Kosovo two or three days ago,” said epidemiologist Karlo Kozul, adding that it is not yet known who the zero patient is.
Capak: We are surprised by the intensity of transmission in the warmer months, but the increased number of new infections is not a cause for concern
The current situation with the coronavirus in Croatia and the increased number of new cases that we have witnessed in recent days were also commented on from self-isolation by the head of the CNIPH, Krunoslav Capak.
Capak also points out that the behavior of the coronavirus is surprising in the warmer months, ie. states that no one expected such ferocity in virus transmission. As for the increased number of newly infected, Capak says that is not a cause for concern, but a reason for caution and reconsideration of procedures.
“I would not say that it is a cause for concern, but for caution and reconsideration of the actions of all those who did not adhere to the measures we prescribed,” Capak said in the introduction to Dnevnik Nova TV and continued about the severity of coronavirus transmission:
“In the middle of the sixth month we had only 12 cases and we were a little surprised by the intensity of coronavirus transmission in this warmer weather when we are not so much indoors but outdoors. We are not so close. All respiratory infections are less transmitted or not transmitted. We expected the corona to be less transmitted with the arrival of warmer weather, but this intensity of transmission shows that the corona is a completely unpredictable infection and that we need to be very careful about it, “Capak said, adding:
“I am sure we will solve this situation in ten days. It is impossible to do it sooner. What is happening now, this number, is a consequence of what happened seven to ten days ago. It now takes ten days for our curve to straighten and to start falling. I’m sure we’ll curb it, ”he stressed.
Capak also touched on a burning topic in the world and domestic media – whether the virus has mutated, weakened or not changed over time since the beginning of the pandemic.
“I have read and followed the situation, there is speculation that the virus has weakened. A well-known Italian public health expert said that the virus now circulating in Italy is not the same as it was in February and March. However, I also read statements from other scientists who say that “It is much too short a time to talk about the virus changing. We need to monitor for some time and wait for more information, ie to monitor the severity of clinical pictures, symptoms, etc. There is no scientific confirmation that the virus has weakened,” Capak said.
Capak about possible new measures and why he is in self-isolation, and Plenković is not
Capak does not think that there will be a lockdown again, as in March, and points out that epidemiologists have a lot of measures at their disposal before resorting to that measure of closure.
“These restrictive measures at the borders with neighboring countries and the mandatory wearing of masks is a consequence of our discussion in which we sought the fastest and most effective solution, or shift. Of course, all other measures are available to us. We do not think we will introduce quarantine like we all We have not yet discussed the need to close certain counties or certain areas, we think this is one of the last measures we would consider at the moment, we still have a lot of measures at our disposal that we can step up without a complete closure. “, he added and explained why he is in self-isolation, and Prime Minister Plenković is not:
“There is a big difference between what happened to me and the situation in which Prime Minister Plenković was. His contact with Đoković is a contact lasting less than three minutes indoors and as such does not meet the criterion that he was with an infected person for more than 15 minutes nor does it meet the criterion of close physical contact.The so-called fist bump is not close physical contact.No close physical contact is even what the Prime Minister of the Serbian tennis player patted on the shoulder.So the Prime Minister does not have to into self-isolation, ”he concluded.
Beros: Studies show that the virus is mutating, it may have weakened, but you should be careful
Interestingly, the Minister of Health, Willy Beros, had a dissenting opinion from Assistant Professor Capak regarding the weakening of the virus. In an interview with Index, Beroš explained why he believes that the virus has weakened in Croatia.
Beroš points out that in recent times, however, certain mutations of the virus have been discovered, which could be a sign of its weakening. But he is not sure what this could mean for the course of the pandemic because it is not enough for a milder strain to just appear, it must also prevail.
“It’s hard to say whether it will mean something wider in the world or not, but in Arizona, a test was done on 383 samples of the virus in which a significant mutation was found. SARS-CoV-2 has about 30,000 bases in RNA, and a mutation was found in Arizona that lacks 81 bases. This happens by the virus inserting its genetic material into the cells during infection and encouraging each of them to replicate a large number of identical viruses.
In the process of creating new viruses, certain errors can occur and mutations occur. In most cases, mutations weaken the aggressiveness of the virus, but it is always possible for something to occur that can increase it. A mutation discovered in Arizona could mean that he has lost some of his aggression, although it is too early to talk about it for now. We know that the flu virus experiences over 50 mutations each year.
Preliminary research shows that the coronavirus mutates slightly less, that about 25 mutations can be expected during the year. It is always best to speak on the basis of scientific research. But in the absence of them, and as we are witnessing a new peak in the last few days, it is to be expected that we cannot make a scientific analysis. Still, we need to have some parameters to compare.
In that sense, we are interested in what clinicians and experts from the surrounding countries tell us. The good thing is that these clinical pictures in the new peak are not more pronounced. Of course, one should be careful because in a few days it can be shown that the symptoms of the patients will be more pronounced “, warns Beroš, alluding to the fact that some of the new patients may not have developed more severe symptoms because there was simply not enough time.
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