The SeaHelp service to break down new Corona infections by individual region so vacationers can see how it up-to-date by day in their destination in Croatia, Italy, or Slovenia about the situation with regard to 7-day incidence and 14-day incidence is also being used with pleasure in the second year of the pandemic. How important this data is, however, not only for water sports enthusiasts, but for all vacationers, was recently noticed when an error in the data sets provided led to a short-term outage and countless mails and phone calls were received by the SeaHelp editorial office. The error has since been fixed, and the Corona map and daily updated figures for Croatia, Slovenia and Italy are back online.
Only official data
What happened: The Croatian Ministry of Health provides the reported Corona data as specially prepared datasets to several organizations, such as the German Robert-Koch-Institut, the ECDC, the health ministries of EU member states and, of course, SeaHelp are available. For example, while many consider Croatia as a whole or the ECDC divides Croatia into four regions, SeaHelp presents the Corona situation in a much more differentiated way by county as a unique selling point.
All of Croatia suddenly “green”
That there was an unintentional error in the provided files from Croatia, which resulted in the whole of Croatia suddenly showing significantly lower incidence values, the plausibility check implemented by SeaHelp sounded the alarm and the map, which is used by more than 20,000 interested people every day, had to be taken offline.
Fast, straightforward help came from Croatia
SeaHelp informed the Croatian National Tourist Board in Frankfurt, which immediately contacted the appropriate people in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, and made sure the problem was fixed the same day. After that, Croatia’s coast was no longer “green” in terms of corona numbers, as tourism officials probably would have liked, but the numbers now reflect reality.
Officials strive for transparency
Actually, this incident would not have been worth a line, but what seems remarkable from the editorial point of view is the speed with which the error was corrected. However, it also shows that Croatia is making an effort to be transparent with regard to official figures, even if it is not to its own advantage. This ultimately creates trust in Croatian publications with regard to new infections, even among tourists. And that is exactly why, we believe, such facts should not go unmentioned.
North-South increase in current new infections
The current spread (as of 26/08/2021) of the Corona pandemic in Croatia shows a clear north-south increase. In Istria, the 7-day incidence is just 16.7, in Primorje Gorski-Kotar it is 32.4, in the Lika-Senj region it is 59.8, followed by Zadar (96.9), Sibenik-Knin (84.9) and Split-Dalmatia with a remarkable 7-day incidence of 195.1. In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the 7-day incidence is 57.7.
Istria continues to be exemplary
It seems quite obvious that pandemic restrictions on the one hand and a pleasant vacation feeling do not necessarily have to exclude each other – as can be seen in the counties of Istria and Primorje Gorski-Kotar. High vaccination rates and strict compliance with pandemic regulations ensure a relatively low number of new infections and confirm Croatia’s reputation as a safe vacation destination. And we are already certainly not giving away any secret that the tourism figures, which will be published in a few days, will come close to the record year of 2019. This also applies to the water sports enthusiasts among the guests.
Post-season can start
And as for the upcoming off-season in Croatia, significantly more guests are also expected to extend the summer on the Adriatic a little longer. Istria in particular, with its extremely low incidence figures, is an excellent place to escape the autumn storms, as well as the incidence figures in countries like Germany and Austria, which are on the rise again.