In Croatia, as the Croatian Ministry of Health announced at a press conference, the first three cases of the British coronavirus mutation D.1.1.7 were discovered in samples that were examined at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases Dr. Fran Mihaljevic. In order to properly evaluate this news, which of course once again causes a stir in the media and can also be used depending on political interests, the SeaHelp editorial team once tried to properly classify this news.
Viruses know no borders
Whoever thinks that in a closely meshed networked Europe viruses can be stopped at borders, is well and truly on the wrong track. Countless workers who pursue their jobs abroad commute daily across countless borders throughout Europe. Without care workers from abroad, the health care system would collapse. Business trips, even limited ones, are necessary because not everything can be conclusively clarified in the virtual meeting room. Exactly these economic requirements, which also account for part of the prosperity, are of course a gateway for the various coronavirus mutations.
Virus mutations controllable
What we know so far? That viruses mutate should be common knowledge. The new mutation forms are considered highly contagious, but scientists believe they are quite manageable. Vaccines also work against the mutations, the German home page of the Ministry of Health (last question!) states:
Cases of the mutated Corona variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom and South Africa, have also occurred in Germany. Do the vaccines also protect against this mutant pathogen?.
Yes. Investigations into this could quickly give the all-clear: The vaccines also work against the mutated pathogens. Because the vaccines are based on mRNA technology, manufacturers can also quickly adapt them to mutations. Within six weeks, the vaccine can be replaced and modified. Thus, changes in the pathogen do not lead to a loss of efficacy.
Corona rules observe
In addition, of course, the basic rules still apply in Corona times: Keep your distance, follow hygiene rules and wear a mask, as well as strictly monitored quarantine for infected persons. This is the only way to contain the uncontrolled spread of mutant coronavirus D.1.1.7.
Vaccination Advantages: Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Greece, Estonia.
In the longer term, according to the neutral assessment of the editorial team (even if it may not please some vaccination opponents), unrestricted travel will probably only be possible for vaccinated persons. Soberly considered, the indications for it increase: Denmark is planning a digital ID card on a smartphone that could open borders, and Sweden wants to have the digital infrastructure for a vaccination passport in place by June that would allow the same. In Poland and Romania, vaccinated people are already exempt from the 10-day quarantine requirement because of the coronavirus. Greece agreed with Israel a kind of travel freedom for verifiably vaccinated persons, Estonia also creates relief – other countries will probably follow the example soon.
Vacation 2021 not in danger
Croatia, as one of the countries where tourism has a significant impact on the state budget, will also not be able to ignore this fact in the longer term. In an overall package consisting of freedom of travel for vaccinated persons and persons recovered from the coronavirus, inexpensive antigen tests at the vacation destination and significantly eased entry regulations, the SeaHelp editorial team currently sees no danger for a stay in Croatia in 2021.
Croatia: Low incidence figures
Until that happens, however, patience remains the virtue of the hour. Entry restrictions in Austria and Germany are more of a temporary nature and due to the current development. One thing is certain, however: the situation in Croatia, due to the drastic entry restrictions as well as the measures in the country itself, is much better than in most parts of Germany and Austria, especially if one considers the incidence values of the coastal regions.
Uncomprehension for Austrian entry regulation
However, the fact that, according to the Austrian entry regulation as amended on Feb. 10, 2021, Greece is listed in Annex A. The following applies to the country according to § 4, para. 1, item1:
From EU/EEA states as well as from Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican, persons may enter without restriction if they enter from a state or territory listed in Annex A and, upon entry, credibly demonstrate that they have stayed exclusively in Austria or in a state or territory listed in Annex A within the past ten days.
Equal treatment Greece/Croatia?
What is not taken into account: The populous Athens metropolitan area is going into lockdown again this week because the number of new coronavirus infections is skyrocketing. Where is the equal treatment with Croatia, a country where the infection incidence is much lower? This question should be explained to the numerous Austrians, regardless of whether they own boats or real estate in Croatia, when ten days of quarantine are threatening after the necessary care of their property in other European countries at home in Austria.