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Croatia’s doctors alarmed by overcrowded hospitals

Croatia's Association of Hospital Doctors (HUBOL) is concerned about the threat of overcrowding due to seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

Bucharest, 1 November 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Croatia’s Association of Hospital Doctors (HUBOL) is concerned about the threat of overcrowding due to seriously ill Covid-19 patients.

Croatia’s health-care system “no longer exists,” it said in a statement on Sunday, according to Croatian media. “The system does not exist when you need connections to get to a bed with oxygen sooner.”

At the same time, the association criticized the government. While “patients with Covid disease wait for hours in hospital because there are no places available,” top government officials would deal with the issue “like arrogant narcissistic teenagers.”

There are currently 1,418 coronavirus patients in hospital treatment in Croatia, 170 of whom are on ventilators.

The seven-day incidence rose steeply in the country during the last two weeks, according to Johns Hopkins University in the United States, to 587.9 new infections per 100,000 population by Sunday.

A total of 52.6 percent of the population have full vaccination protection in Croatia.

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