With 8,587 new cases confirmed in one day, Croatia today exceeds the worst record of daily infections since the beginning of the pandemic, reached last November 21 (when the positive tests in 24 hours were 7,315). Last week the daily average was around 5,000 cases, while two weeks ago the numbers were down, with nearly 4,000 people infected per day.
“The new infections are growing significantly and it seems that the fourth wave has merged with the fifth,” said Health Minister Vili Bero, announcing new restrictions in the most affected regions, such as the limitation of the hours of bars and restaurants. until 10pm. The most critical situation is in Dalmatia. Meanwhile, the first case of flurona was confirmed yesterday– a mix between the English term flu (flu) and coronavirus, a simultaneous Covid infection and flu in the same person. From the first case of coronavirus, recorded at the end of February 2020, Croatia has had 736 thousand infected out of a population of four million inhabitants; to date there are 12,700 victimsregistered in the country. The current leap is attributed to the Omicron variant, compared to a low rate of vaccinated (just 63% of the adult population, with at least two doses). However, the government has ruled out any type of lockdown and the country remains among the most open in Europe. For Christmas and New Year the restrictions were also relaxed and the bars and restaurants could stay open two hours longer than on other days, until two in the morning. From Monday all didactic activities resume in the presence. Slovenia
Significant increases in new infections continue to be recorded in neighboring Slovenia as well. The latest available data, released yesterday, referred to Monday, when 3,393 new cases were confirmed, the highest number since last November 22nd. Most striking is the fact that 45% of the molecular swabs carried out on January 3 were positive. Among the youngest patients, the Slovenian government announced via Twitter, a 24-year-old in hospital and a 21-year-old in intensive care. Austria
In Austria, instead, the bogeyman of a new lockdown is back, the fifth since the beginning of the pandemic, given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. In just one week the infections have more than doubled: the ministries of Health and the Interior have registered 5,496 new cases in the last 24 hours, over two thousand more than yesterday and more than double compared to a week ago (2,416). Yesterday alone, 1,589 new cases registered in Vienna and 1,138 in Tyrol. In the latter land (region), with a high tourist vocation, the weekly incidence is 471.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. There are several active outbreaks, especially among ski instructors: the positive instructors would be over a hundred. Also in Tyrol, some hotels and huts have already closed, such as in Soelden, a well-known ski resort and traditional early season stop of the Ski World Cup. 1,038 Covid patients are hospitalized in Austrian hospitals, of which 316 are in intensive care. Since the beginning of the pandemic ideaths rose to 13,784 while the people tested positive for a swab were 1,294,325 (1,242,779 recovered). Today the national task force meets and tomorrow will establish the next steps to be taken together with the government and governors.

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