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Croatia confirms record 4,009 new coronavirus cases, 51 deaths; bars expected to close

Croatia has registered a record 4,009 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 51 people have died, the national coronavirus response team reported on Thursday morning.

Zagreb, 26 November 2020 (Hina/MIA) — Croatia has registered a record 4,009 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 51 people have died, the national coronavirus response team reported on Thursday morning.

New restrictions are expected to be announced later in the day, according to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic who on Wednesday declined to say whether hospitality facilities would go into lockdown despite media reports that all bars and restaurants in Croatia would close on Friday.

The head of the Istria County COVID-19 response team, Dino Kozlevac, confirmed to Hina on Wednesday that the county had asked to be exempt from the new, stricter epidemiological measures.

“Unlike bars and restaurants in some other parts of Croatia, those in Istria are currently not a hotspot.

“That is why we ask that hospitality establishments in Istria continue working, initially for the next eight days, after which the epidemiological situation in Istria would be assessed,” said Kozlevac.

Croatia on Wednesday reported a record 3,603 coronavirus infections and 56 COVID-19 fatalities. Thursday saw a rise in new cases, setting a new record of 4,009 infections, and 51 fatalities.

The number of active cases is now 21,725. Of them, 2,171 are being treated in hospitals, including 252 who are on ventilators.

Since Feb. 25, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, 115,626 people have contracted the novel virus.

According to the Vecernji List daily on Thursday, more than half of Croatia’s population is at risk of developing a severe form of COVID-19.

The daily said the data comes from a COVID-19 vaccination plan which has already been prepared and which defines, among other things, vaccination priorities.

Current priority groups are health workers, residents of retirement and nursing homes and their staff, social workers, the elderly, and education workers, according to Vecernji.

The Jutarnji List daily reported on Thursday the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech could be made available to US and European citizens by the end of December.

The vaccine is expected to be registered by the US Food and Drug Administration around Dec. 10, and the first vaccinations could start in the US the next day.

As for the EU, the registration of the vaccine with the European Medicines Agency could be completed a few days later. EU countries could obtain the first, modest quantities of the vaccine already by Dec. 20, depending on their population size, the daily wrote.

According to reports, Croatia could obtain between 20,000 and a maximum of 50,000 vaccines by the New Year, which would be used to vaccinate 10,000 to 25,000 of the most vulnerable people.

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