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Croatia: There is no reason for the numbers to be so high, says Prime Minister Plenković

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković warned today of an increase in the number of young people infected with coronavirus, so this country, he stressed, will exceed the number of 9,000 deaths in Croatia within a few days. He stressed the importance of vaccination and respect for epidemiological measures at the Government session. “Today we have vaccines and there is no reason for the numbers to be so high,” he added, reiterating that the vaccine effectively protects against severe forms of the disease.

“We have to respect the basic protection measures – to wear a face mask, keep a distance, ventilate the premises and maintain hand hygiene,” Plenković said.

He stressed the importance and necessity of vaccination, especially for the elderly, noting that the elderly are at greater risk if infected with COVID-19. “One in four people aged 65 and over have not been vaccinated yet, and we are talking about 238,000 people or about 25-27 percent.”

He called on people who have not yet been vaccinated to be vaccinated, citing the views of medical professionals and the government Scientific Council, as well as statistics.

Plenković said that 74 per cent of infected people who have been hospitalized this month have not been vaccinated, which is three in four patients, while 80 per cent of patients who were or still are fans have not been vaccinated, which is four in five.

“These are very clear and convincing figures,” Plenković said, noting that 93 per cent of people who died from coronavirus were over 60 and 98 per cent were over 50.

He said the Scientific Council, which met two days ago, stressed the importance of vaccination, especially for the elderly.

“We all agree with the view of the Croatian Institute of Public Health on a third dose, which should be administered to immunocompromised persons and health and welfare workers because it will help fight the epidemic,” the prime minister said.

He said the situation in Croatia is similar to the rest of the world. “Unvaccinated people represent a group where the virus is most prevalent and where mutations occur most. It is a fact that vaccinated people can also transmit the virus, but this is less likely than in the unvaccinated, and in the case of infection the disease it’s much easier. “

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