In Croatia, 343 new coronavirus infections were confirmed in 6879 tests in the last 24 hours. Thirteen patients with covid-19 died, the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters announced today. Despite a slight increase in the daily number of infections in Croatia, additional releases are expected in early March. In Portugal, 70 percent of the population want to vaccinate against covid-19 by the summer, said Health Minister Marta Temido.
The number of infections was slightly higher today than last Tuesday, when 274 infections were confirmed in 6686 tests. On Tuesday, 283 infections were confirmed in 6878 tests. According to the daily announcements of the county civil protection headquarters published so far, there were 30 new infections in the last 24 hours in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and three in the County of Istria.
There are currently 2201 active cases of infection in Croatia. Hospitals are treating 786 patients with covid-19, and 67 people need the help of medical ventilators. There are 11,384 citizens in self-isolation. A total of 240,360 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Croatia since 25 February last year, and 5,462 patients with covid-19 have died. So far, 1,313,573 tests for the infection have been conducted, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said.
So far, more than 110,000 people have been vaccinated against covid-19 in Croatia, including almost 60,000 with two doses. Vaccination of people over the age of 65 and chronic patients began in Zagreb on Monday. In front of the medical institutions where the vaccinations were organized, long queues can be seen today from the early morning hours, with hundreds of people in them, Croatian media report.
In Croatia, they also speculate that they will further relax the measures from March 1, if the epidemiological picture does not significantly deteriorate in the next few days. Thus, the operation of the restaurant terraces should be allowed from next Monday. It is supposed to also enable outdoor fairs and sports activities for children in the halls. The announcement of the easing of measures is expected at Thursday’s session of the Croatian government.
In Austria, more than 1,700 new coronavirus infections occur daily
Infections with the new coronavirus are again spreading significantly faster in Austria. In the past 24 hours, 1,727 new cases have been recorded in the country, while an average of 1,747 were confirmed daily last week. At the same time, the number of patients with covid-19 in need of intensive care is also increasing.
According to the Austrian news agency APA, which cites data from the Ministries of Health and Interior, the seven-day incidence per 100,000 population in the country has risen again to 137.4. A total of 12,232 new infections were confirmed last week. The number of actively infected has risen to 16,923 as of today. It was so high last time a good month ago.
The 1,727 new infections confirmed in the past 24 hours are 300 more than last Tuesday and 530 more than Tuesday two weeks ago. The highest number of new infections was confirmed in Lower Austria on Monday – 483, followed by Vienna with 348, and then Styria with 230. The number of covid-19 patients in intensive care units of Austrian hospitals is five percent higher than last week. Hospital care is currently needed by 1,362 patients, 53 more than on Monday, of whom 271 are in intensive care, 13 more than last week. 37 patients have died from covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
The British version of the new coronavirus has been spreading in the northern neighbor for some time, and the spread of the South African version is particularly worrying in Tyrol. The state of Salzburg is now also reporting a suspicion of the Brazilian version, which has yet to be definitively confirmed or refuted.
As APA reports today, Slovenia has been gradually easing controls on its borders with Austria, Italy and Hungary for ten days now – unlike many other European countries, which are further strengthening their controls due to the spread of new versions of the virus. Although, in principle, an obligation or a negative test for a new coronavirus or quarantine still applies upon arrival in Slovenia, there are no more permanent border controls on the Slovenian side of the border, only random ones are carried out. In addition, it is now permitted to cross the border at all border crossings, including smaller ones.
In this connection, the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior explained to APA that the fear that new versions of the coronavirus would spread to us from abroad is currently “not in focus”. The epidemiological picture is better in all neighboring countries than in Slovenia, and in addition, these countries have already taken measures to curb the spread of new versions, such as Austria in Tyrol.
In Portugal, 70 percent of the population wants to be vaccinated by the summer
So far, about 294,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine in Portugal, which has a population of ten million, and both 106,000. National Vaccination Program Coordinator Henrique Gouveia e Melo he said immunity could be achieved in August or early September if enough vaccine is available. He added that the vaccination program will be accelerated in the second quarter of the year, when 100,000 people are expected to be vaccinated daily. At present, an average of 22,000 are vaccinated, reports the French news agency AFP.
After Portugal had one of the highest rates of new coronavirus infections in the world in January, the number of new cases fell by more than 50 percent last week, to around 2,100 a day.
Health authorities said Monday that 61 patients had died from covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and confirmed 549 new cases of the infection, the lowest since early October last year.
Vaccination of covid-19 begins in Afghanistan
A covid-19 vaccination campaign was launched in Afghanistan today, with more than 100,000 people planned to be vaccinated. Vaccination has begun, although the country is rocked by rebel attacks almost every day. The first dose of the vaccine was given to a well-known journalist Anisa Šahid, and then a doctor and two members of the security forces were vaccinated, foreign news agencies reported.
The ceremony marking the start of the vaccination campaign was also attended by the Afghan president Ašraf Gani. “I congratulate the Afghans for starting the first phase of vaccination against covid-19 with 500,000 doses of the vaccine. This is a great opportunity for the Afghan nation,” he said on the occasion. “We don’t expect miracles, but let’s help make this campaign fair,” however, the acting health minister said Vahid Madžroh.
Afghanistan received 500,000 doses of AstraZenece from India earlier this month.
In the country under the Hindu Kush, only 55,600 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed so far, according to official data, and 2,430 people have died from covid-19, but experts estimate that the epidemic has hit the country much harder. The virus is difficult to track due to limited testing and a weak health care system that has been cut short by the war.
A study published by the Afghan Ministry of Health in August last year estimated that up to ten million people were infected with the virus. almost a third of the population, reports the French news agency AFP.
Afghanistan, especially the capital Kabul and other urban centers, has recently been rocked by almost daily attacks, although peace talks are under way between the government and the Taliban. The conflict escalated again last fall. According to the UN, November last year was the bloodiest month for civilians since monitoring the data. In general, the number of civilian victims of the conflict decreased in 2020 compared to the previous year. The UN recorded 3,035 civilian casualties last year, 15 percent less than in 2019, the German news agency dpa reported.
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