Avian flu reported in China, Thailand, Vietnam

first_imgNov 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – About 9,000 chickens have died and close to 370,000 have been culled in China in the largest of several outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza reported this week in Asia.Several small avian flu outbreaks have been reported in Thailand and Vietnam, while Japan reported another H5 outbreak in poultry. In addition, an H5 virus was found in some healthy wild ducks in British Columbia, but authorities were confident it was not an H5N1 strain.In a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday, Chinese authorities said 8,940 chickens, plus 20 magpies and other wild birds, had died of H5N1 infection in the northeastern province of Liaoning, which borders North Korea.The outbreak triggered the culling of 369,900 more birds within 3 kilometers of the site and the vaccination of another 13.9 million, the report says. An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report said the virus struck farms in six villages.The outbreak was China’s fourth since Oct 19, according to AFP. The other recent outbreaks were in the Inner Mongolia region and in Anhui and Hunan provinces in central China. The country has had no confirmed human cases of H5N1.In Thailand, about 1,700 chickens, broiler ducks, and fighting cocks died in five small outbreaks in two provinces, according to a report authorities filed with the OIE Nov 1. The report listed the disease as highly pathogenic avian flu but did not specify the viral strain. However, Thailand has reported many small H5N1 outbreaks in poultry since a nationwide surveillance program was launched in July.Japanese authorities reported plans to kill 180,000 chickens after finding signs of avian flu on one farm, according to AFP and Associated Press (AP) reports today. The AP said antibodies to H5 viruses had been found in some of the chickens.The reports conflicted on the location. AFP reported that the outbreak was in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo, where a number of H5N2 outbreaks have been reported in recent months, but the AP said the outbreak occurred on “a northern farm.”Vietnam has confirmed avian flu outbreaks in three northern villages, according to another AP report today. The story quoted a local official as saying that more than 3,000 poultry died or were destroyed in Bac Giang province.In Canada, about 174 wild ducks out of more than 700 sampled in central British Columbia tested positive for an H5 virus, according to a Nov 1 Canadian Press (CP) report. The report came a day after the announcement that an H5 virus had been found in 28 ducks in Quebec and five in Manitoba.Dr. Ron Lewis, British Columbia’s chief veterinarian, said it was “very unlikely” that the H5 virus found in the ducks was the same as the H5N1 strain in Asia, according to an AFP report.He said the samples all came from young, healthy birds. Fourteen of the samples tested strongly positive, and another 75 were weakly positive, the CP report said. The birds tested were from the Merritt area in south-central British Columbia.The testing was part of a “cross-country” search for viruses carried by wild waterfowl, AFP reported. Lewis said this type of surveillance had not been done before, so authorities didn’t know if the finding should be considered unusual or not, according to the CP.In other news:Croatian authorities reported Nov 2 that a swan that had been shot last week tested positive for H5N1, AFP reported. The swan, which had been tagged in Hungary, was shot in the village of Zdenci, where other swans had tested positive for the virus recently.In Macedonia, tests ruled out avian flu in one of about 1,000 chickens and turkeys that were found dead in mid October, according to AFP. A veterinary official said the tests showed the country is free of avian flu.See also:Chinese report to the OIEThai report to the OIElast_img read more

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Hospital pandemic drill reveals major supply challenges

first_img The ICNs on hand during the exercise found that compliance with the infection control guidelines was good, but they also noted plenty of concerns and areas of uncertainty. A few examples included problems with donning and removing PPE, patients being kept waiting while HCWs put on PPE, decontamination of ward equipment such as telephones and door handles, and hand hygiene after contact with inanimate objects. The 24-hour exercise in a British hospital also revealed various other challenges, including that hospital workers lacked confidence in their ability to follow infection control guidelines, felt uncomfortable wearing surgical masks, and felt that wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) hindered communication, according to the report, published online by the Journal of Infection Control. She said she wasn’t surprised by the finding that many workers found the surgical masks uncomfortable. “It’s difficult for staff not used to wearing the things to wear them all shift long,” she said. “Healthcare in a pandemic situation is not simply a case of applying pandemic influenza infection control guidance to current practice; hospitals need to consider changing the way care and services are delivered,” states the report by N. F. Phin of Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, Chester, UK, and colleagues. These guidelines “involve major changes to the way care is currently delivered and the use of infection control measures and PPE on a scale far beyond that experienced in the recent past,” Phin and colleagues write. “Few currently employed healthcare workers have experience of a pandemic and the lack of a detailed operational data makes implementation of the current guidance challenging.” The team also recorded traffic through the ward and found that at least 115 different workers made 167 visits during the exercise. “This level of traffic would be highly undesirable during a pandemic, and as a consequence of the exercise, operational assumptions and plans are to be reappraised in order to minimize unnecessary staff movement,” they write. During the exercise, conducted in November 2006, 17 infection control nurses (ICNs) monitored staff compliance with the infection control guidance, gave advice when needed, and recorded issues that arose. The volume of trash is also a concern, said Patrick, who is a board member of the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). She said hospitals might consider using trash compactors to deal with that, but compactors might cause aerosolization of pathogens, and heavier trash containers might increase injury risk for workers. On the basis of World Health Organization (WHO) guidance at the time, the investigators had expected a much smaller need for basic PPE and a greater need for high-level equipment. “WHO guidance overestimates the use of high-level specialist PPE and underestimates the amount of basic PPE required,” they write. A key finding was that HCWs used far greater than normal quantities of basic PPE during the exercise: about 1,200 pairs of gloves, 650 surgical masks, and 750 disposable aprons. This suggests that during the height of a pandemic, the use of aprons, gloves, and masks would increase 13-fold, 10-fold, and 450-fold, respectively, the report says. “Where do you store all that?” Patrick asked. “Most hospitals, just like grocery stores, don’t have big storerooms of supplies. A lot of places have gone from a 24-hour supply to 72 or 96 hours, but we don’t have stocks and stocks of stuff.” Workers’ perceptionsTwenty-one of the 23 ward staff members completed a questionnaire about the exercise. Among the results: Fourteen (67%) of them found it uncomfortable or very uncomfortable to wear a surgical mask; 17 (81%) said their duties took longer; and 9 (43%) felt that talking with others was more difficult. In addition, three workers reported that wearing a mask seemed to affect their hearing, very likely showing the importance of nonverbal cues in communication. As for respirators, people who have asthma or other respiratory problems find it very difficult to wear them for more than a few minutes, she added. Because of that, her own healthcare system uses powered air-purifying respirators (PAPRs), which blow air through a HEPA filter and into a hood worn by the worker. The device has a clear face shield and does not require fit testing. Supporting what some of the staff reported, the investigators also found that “many tasks and routine procedures took much longer than usual, despite the rostering of additional staff; this was particularly obvious at night when the drug round took twice as long as usual to complete.” Basic PPE much more in demandTo assess the operational challenges, the researchers set up their 24-hour exercise on a 29-bed general medical ward that received mostly respiratory and gastrointestinal patients. The staff, including 14 nurses, 5 healthcare assistants, and 4 domestic workers, was briefed in advance on pandemic flu, infection control procedures to be used, and how to don and remove PPE, including FFP3 respirators. Patrick said the British guidelines differ in a couple of respects from those used in her institution. One was that the former do not call for eye protection for HCWs in close contact with infectious patients. Study ‘generalizable’ to US hospitalsMarcia Patrick, RN, MSN, CIC, infection control director with the MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Wash., called the study very interesting and said the big increase in usage of PPE impressed her as the most important finding. Nov 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Hospital workers who followed official infection control guidelines for pandemic influenza for 1 day used 10 times as many gloves as usual, generated three times as much clinical waste, and found that many tasks took longer than normal, according to a new report. Overall, the staff had a good grasp of basic infection control steps, but they were unsure about the extra measures recommended in a pandemic, the report says, adding, “Uncertainty was also evident in participating staff as ICN observers occasionally gave conflicting advice.” Along with the surge in basic PPE used came a major increase in waste generated: 18 48-liter bags, versus four to six bags on a normal day, the report says. “Another good point is that most of the masks and gloves and gowns are made in China or some of those other countries, and the likelihood of a supply shortage [in a pandemic] is enormous,” she added. On the other hand, it says the quantities of high-level PPE used were much lower than expected: 13 gowns, 13 FFP3 respirators, and 13 pairs of goggles. Expecting a much greater need, the team had ordered 500 respirators for the exercise. “I believe it [the study] is generalizable to US facilities, particularly the increased amount of isolation supplies that would be needed in a pandemic,” she told CIDRAP News. See also: “I would want mask and eye protection to be linked—not just used for cough-inducing procedures,” she said. “We have found that requiring masks with eye protection and providing the single-unit items has increased compliance.” Despite the challenges pointed up by the exercise, the staff felt that it increased their confidence about dealing with a flu pandemic, the researchers write. They conclude, “We believe that this is the first simulation of its kind in the UK, and that many hospitals would benefit from undertaking similar exercises in order to gain confidence and understanding of their own operational needs.” British health authorities issued infection control guidance for pandemic flu in October 2005, the report says. The guidelines call for healthcare workers (HCWs) to wear gloves, a plastic apron or gown, and a surgical mask when coming within 3 feet of pandemic flu patients. They recommend the use of an FFP3 respirator (equivalent to a US N-99 respirator, designed to stop 99% of small airborne particles) and eye protection during aerosol-generating procedures. Phin NF, Rylands AJ, Allan J, et al. Personal protective equipment in an influenza pandemic: a UK simulation exercise. J Hosp Infect 2008 (early online publication) [Abstract] Oct 18, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS backs respirator use in caring for pandemic flu patients”last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Novel flu dominance Down Under, Tamiflu resistance in US, Paraguay emergency steps, tweets from flu summit

first_imgCDC releases pandemic H1N1 vaccine guidanceThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations today to help state and local health officials decide who should get novel H1N1 vaccine when supplies are initially limited. Target groups include schoolchildren and staff, children in daycare and staff, pregnant women and contacts of newborns, those with medical underling conditions, and health workers. The report also discusses weighing the needs of other nations and military personnel, but it focuses on US civilians.[Jul 8 CDC recommendations]Novel strain may dominate Australia’s flu seasonThe novel flu virus seems poised to dominate Australia’s flu season, the country’s health minister, Nicola Roxon, said today, according to the Adelaide Advertiser. Flu surveillance for the week ending Jun 20 revealed that almost two thirds of the infections were from the pandemic H1N1 virus. Roxon said the new virus will likely replace seasonal flu, rather than circulate alongside it.[Jul 9 Advertiser story]Tamiflu-resistant strain found in US travelerFederal and state health departments are increasing their testing of novel flu viruses for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) resistance, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The measures were prompted by a report of a resistant strain isolated from a San Francisco resident who had arrived in Hong Kong in June. The girl had had not taken osteltamivir. The CDC has asked states to send more samples for resistance testing, and California said it has stepped up its testing.[Jul 8 AP story]Paraguay lawmakers pass emergency measuresParaguay’s government passed emergency legislation yesterday aimed at curbing the spread of pandemic flu, the AP reported today. The law gives the country’s president expanded powers to respond to the flu outbreak and allows health officials to use $19.2 million from the treasury to fund programs to boost healthcare capacity.[Jul 8 AP story]Live feeds from tomorrow’s White House flu summitThe two plenary sessions of tomorrow’s White House pandemic H1N1 flu preparedness summit—a substantial portion of the event— will be broadcast over the Web via flu.gov, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, David Hale, a biomedical informatics and social media expert, will be providing live Twitter updates during the entire event. His Twitter name is lostonroute66. The day-long event starts at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.[Dave Hale’s Twitter home page]last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: WHO situation report, 2-shot regimen in Europe, nasal-mist findings, NY changes HCW shot requirements

first_imgWHO: Pandemic expands in Northern HemispherePandemic flu is spreading in the Northern Hemisphere, particularly in the United States and British Columbia, Canada, the World Health Organization reported today. In Europe, medical visits for flu-like illnesses rose above baseline with high rates of virus detections, possibly signaling an early start to the flu season. The proportion of Asian cases attributed to seasonal H3N2 flu declined, with only East Asia reporting significant numbers. The global H1N1 death total is at least 4,999.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_10_23/en/index.htmlOct 23 WHO pandemic updateEU regulators stick with 2-dose pandemic vaccine scheduleEurope’s drug regulatory agency today announced that it would stick to its initial recommendation that the three pandemic H1N1 vaccines it approved be given in two doses, despite data from two companies that suggests one-dose efficacy. The agency said the data on the GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis vaccines, both adjuvanted, were too limited to warrant recommending a single-dose schedule, but added that one dose may be sufficient in adults. The third vaccine is a cell-based product made by Baxter.MedImmune reports clinical findings on intranasal pandemic vaccineMedImmune yesterday reported long-awaited clinical trial findings on the immunogenicity of its nasal-mist pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine. US officials approved the live attenuated vaccine on Sep 15 without the immunogenicity results. In a press release the company said trials in children and adults showed that the safety and immunogenicity profiles of the pandemic vaccine are similar to those of its seasonal vaccine. The firm said further data are being collected after a second dose of the vaccine.http://pressroom.medimmune.com/press-releases/2009/10/22/interim-clinical-trial-results-show-medimmune%e2%80%99s-h1n1-vaccine-has-similar-safety-profile-as-seasonal-vaccine-in-eligible-children-and-adults/Oct 22 MedImmune press releaseNew York suspends mandatory vaccination for healthcare workersNew York state yesterday suspended its new flu vaccination requirement for healthcare workers in order to free up scarce supplies of the vaccine for high-risk groups. Gov. David Paterson said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has signaled that the state would receive only 23% of its expected pandemic vaccine by the end of the month. He said slow delivery of seasonal vaccine was also a factor. Some healthcare workers opposed the order and had filed suit to reverse it.last_img read more

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UNESCO charters handed over to the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks

first_imgAt the 41st session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, held in July 2017 in Poland, beech forests in the Northern Velebit National Park, within the Hajdučki and Rožanski kukovi Strict Reserve, together with beech forests at the Suva draga-Kliment and Oglavinovac-Javornik in the Paklenica National Park and beech forests in 10 other European countries, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.And yesterday, the UNESCO charters were finally handed over to the director of the Paklenica National Park, Natalija Andačić, and the director of the Northern Velebit National Park, Irena Glavičić Sertić.The exceptionality of beech forests in the Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks is based on their originality, geographical position, age and size. Specifically, it is about 1289,11 hectares of beech forest in the Northern Velebit National Park or 2031,87 hectares of forest in the Paklenica National Park. The inclusion of new areas on the World Heritage List has resulted in an integrity that is of exceptional value and is proof of the natural and undisturbed development of Europe’s beech forest ecosystems.The director of the Northern Velebit National Park, Irena Glavičić Sertić, pointed out that being on the world heritage map is both an exceptional honor and a responsibility for them. Natalija Andačić, director of the Paklenica National Park, said that beech forests are a valuable ecosystem in which there are species and habitats that are mostly endangered in Europe. This charter will significantly contribute to the preservation not only of beech as a species, but also of the overall ecosystem it supports.This is the third extension of the list of countries with beech forests. Beech forests of Slovakia and Ukraine were the first to be inscribed on the World Heritage List “Primitive Beech Forests of the Carpathians” in 2007. The expansion followed in 2010 with the entry of German ancient beech forests while the third expansion is the result of an international research project launched in 2012 under the leadership of Austria. During the project, a list of 126 areas of significant pristine and ancient beech forests of Europe was obtained, of which 63 were selected for nomination. These are areas in Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Ukraine and Croatia.The inscription on the World Heritage List is a confirmation that the natural beauties of Croatia are managed in the best possible way with the aim of protection for future generations and that Croatia is among the richest European countries in terms of biodiversity and natural beauties.Related news:INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO DECLARE IMOT LAKES UNESCO GEO PARKTHE VISA ARCHIPELAGO BECOMES THE SECOND UNESCO GEOPARK IN CROATIAPAPUK NATURE PARK THE FIRST CROATIAN GEOPARK UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONMUNICIPALITY OF MRKOPALJ LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO PUT WHITE AND SAMARA ROCKS UNDER UNESCO PROTECTIONTHE STONE LACE OF THE ISLAND OF BALJENAC WILL CANDIDATE FOR UNESCO!STEĆKI inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Due to Advent, the closure of the Zagreb rotor is being postponed

first_imgThe works on the Zagreb rotor are being postponed for the first time, which would otherwise be bad news, but this time, the people of Zagreb welcome this move, especially the tourist workers.Namely, the rotor was scheduled to close on December 15 in the midst of Advent in Zagreb, to which the citizens of Zagreb and tourist workers appealed and initiated an initiative to postpone the closure of Rotor after Advent due to the huge crowds in the city that are otherwise large, let alone when the rotor will close.In response to the reaction of many citizens of Zagreb who believe that the Remetinec rotor should not be closed during Advent when there will be huge crowds in the city, Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić told Media Servis that the works will start after the New Year. “They knock on the open door, I think we’ll do it after the New Year”, Said Bandic for Media servis.Although, as Večernji list claims, the reason for postponing the closure of the rotor for traffic for the third time is not the will of the citizens, as Mayor Milan Bandić claims, but a shift in which works are being performed, ie poor planning. However, it is certain that the postponement of the works, ie the closure of the rotor, is a good move because it will avoid huge crowds in the already busy congested city.This year’s Zagreb Advent, which in recent years has been declared the best such event in Europe, will begin on December 1 and last until January 6, 2019, with special emphasis on cultural events that will put the people of Zagreb and their guests in a festive mood and anticipation. ChristmasAdvent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 17% in arrivals and 18% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2017, 111.429 arrivals and 201.734 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded.Attachment: CLOSURE OF ZAGREB ROTOR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE RENTERlast_img read more

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Bike Center Rabac opened the new season in Rabac

first_imgThis potential was also recognized by Bike Center Rabac, which opened its doors for the third time in a row and started the new season.  Yes, cycling is much more than just bike trails. If we want to develop cycling tourism, then we must respect the basic rules of the profession, and not just mark the bike trails on the map (which in reality are not arranged according to standards) and brag about the development of cycling tourism. We have to complete and network the whole cycle story, and bike services as a support to cyclists are certainly an integral part of that. In the center you can find all the facilities that cyclists need in one place. There is a possibility of half-day or full-day rental of high quality Giant bikes and a large offer of electric and mechanical bikes for mountain and road cycling, as well as bike transfer services, and all families who come to Rabac on vacation with the youngest can rent children’s bikes with seats. If during their stay in the Bike Center Rabac, visitors decide to buy a bicycle, they can do so in the Bike shop where they will find the latest models of the Giant brand, as well as accessories and spare parts.  Bike Park Rabac – the first park of its kind in Croatia  In addition to the Bike Center, there is an entrance to the Bike Park Rabac, the first of its kind on the Adriatic where visitors can test their skills.  The park consists of 18 specialized single trail and fl ow trail trails with sand or natural surface of different weights for beginners and more advanced mountain bikers, two family multi-purpose trails and two pump track training grounds. Entrance to the Bike Park is free for locals and guests at the destination.  In recent years, Istria has stood out as one of the most popular destinations for professional cyclists, but also those eager for recreation and activities, primarily due to the attractiveness of the destination, the number and variety of bike trails and quality infrastructure, services and accommodations tailored to cyclists.  Bike Center Rabac is part of the offer of Valamar Collection Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * and is a top cycling destination in the immediate vicinity of the Adriatic Sea intended for professional and recreational cyclists, but also the local population and guests in the destination. In addition, the comprehensive service of the center is adapted to active families with children.  “In addition to a large cycling offer, in the Bike Center Rabac we have prepared a wide range of guided tours of all weights in the destination and beyond, but also various programs for children and the whole family. Visitors to the center can also get free information on the offer of destinations for cyclists, attractive trails, current offers and upcoming events. We are looking forward to the upcoming tourist season and another successful season in front of the Bike Center”, pointed out Roberto Zahtila, head of the Bike Center Rabac.last_img read more

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The Government of the Republic of Croatia will continue with support measures for jobs and liquidity until 31 December

first_imgHRK 6,3 billion has been paid so far to preserve jobs and liquidity Continuation of measures until December 31 this year Plenković announced that the Croatian Employment Service will make decisions on Monday on the continuation of measures to help the economy due to the corona crisis, which include continued support for job preservation and liquidity assurance, and Covid loans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7bzTcDDg_8#t=5m34s Today, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced new measures to help the economy due to the corona crisis, which include the continuation of support for preserving jobs and ensuring liquidity, as well as Covid loans. He reminded that the Government, with its measures so far, has enabled the retention of jobs, preservation of liquidity and prevention of a significant increase in the number of unemployed, for which the total was paid. HRK 6,3 billion. To retain jobs, preserve liquidity and prevent a significant increase in the number of unemployed a total of HRK 6,3 billion was disbursed, and the peak of the use of measures was in April, when the Government paid for over 100 thousand employers salaries for 581 thousand workers. The government will continue to co-finance part-time work from a maximum of two thousand per worker with the corresponding contributions, as well as to extend measures for micro-entrepreneurs until 31 December, which also amounts to HRK 2.000 per worker, if the entrepreneur had a drop in turnover of more than 50%. For activities that are particularly vulnerable, support of HRK 4.000 per worker will continue until 31 December this year, the Prime Minister announced.  center_img “This Government is aware of the importance of tourism for the entire Croatian economy and therefore pays great attention to maintaining the stability of the tourism system, which during the COVID-19 pandemic proved to be adaptable and how good results can be achieved despite the challenges facing the global travel industry. level. Measures worth HRK 800 million were presented today, which will directly contribute to the preservation of jobs. Of great importance for further measures will be the new EU instrument aimed at recovery and resilience of the economy from the crisis caused by the coronavirus, which we will focus on different segments related to tourism., pointed out the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac. All these measures will by the end of the year together will cost about 800 million, and announced that he would thoroughly discuss all these measures with the social partners, ie trade unions and employers.  According to him, there are more than 1,5 million employees in Croatia today and approximately 150 unemployed. The joint efforts, he added, have ensured a fairly solid tourist season in Croatia, which will be felt in budget revenues, and therefore the expected decline in GDP will still be slightly lower than the original forecasts during the spring. He mentioned that this is especially true for passenger transport, catering, tour operators and entrepreneurs related to recreation, cultural, business and sporting events, if they had a drop in traffic of more than 60%. And this support includes the write-off of related contributions. He also announced continued issuance of “Covid” loans for liquidity of entrepreneurs through HAMAG-BICRO and the HBOR program. Cover photo: Government of the Republic of Croatialast_img read more

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Museums in Croatia have seen a large drop in visitors and millions in losses

first_imgA good indicator is Zagreb’s, globally most popular museum, the one with broken connections where the crown “ate” 85,9% of visitors, from last year’s 34.045 visitors in July and August fell to 4.788, which is not surprising because a comparison of Croatian Tourist Board data shows that In July 2020, the city of Zagreb recorded a decrease of 76% in tourist arrivals compared to the same month last year. Croatian museums, like those around the world, have been hit by an unprecedented crisis. Source: MDC / Photo: Una Laurencic, Pexels.com What this decline means to those museums that make serious money on tickets is best shown by the data provided to MDC by Darko Komšo, director of the Archaeological Museum of Istria. This museum earned HRK 8,4 million on tickets at all its sites last summer in July and August, and HRK 4,5 million in the same period this year. The loss of almost four million means that this agile museum lost almost 150 thousand euros every week this summer. The data will be even gloomier at the end of the year because the season is over, COVID is unfortunately not, school visits and excursions are on hold, and most of Zagreb’s museums remain closed. The Museum Documentation Center (MDC) conducted a survey on a sample of the most visited Croatian museums, among which those that traditionally bring the largest number of foreign tourists in the summer stand out. Already in the first wave of the pandemic, many museums reported revenue losses ranging from 75 to 80%, and large museums and those located in tourist areas counted losses in the hundreds of thousands of euros a week, according to the MDC. Klovićevi dvori Gallery, although collectively recording an increase of 13% from 17.555 to 19.861 visitors, in its comprehensive report explains that 17.000 visitors were “earned” by the changes caused by the pandemic and earthquake that moved our festival from June to July and returned to their outdoor spaces. on Grič and the Amadeo Summer Stage. When you look at the visit to the exhibitions in Klovićevi dvori and Kula Lotrščak, you can see that the visit dropped from 16.555 last summer to 1.361 this season. But at the beginning of the summer, when museums began to open and tourists arrived, the hope arose that the drop in visits would not be as significant as predicted. Although cultural tourism accounts for 40% of its tourism in Europe, a certain positive trend of tourist arrival did not affect the number of visitors to museums. Namely, only in July and August in Croatia there was a drop in visitors of 79,18 percent. After NEMO (Network of European Museum Organizations) published its conclusions in May this year research on the impact of COVID on museums predicting a “long-term dramatic drop in revenue” until the end of 2020. According to the annual statistics collected and analyzed by MDC in recent years, the Archaeological Museum of Istria in Pula and the Museum of the City of Split are the most frequently visited among the top five most visited Croatian museums, under which our most attractive ancient monuments are Arena and Diocletian’s Cellars, Dubrovnik Museums, and Klovićevi dvori broken connections. The Nikola Tesla Technical Museum and the Museums of Hrvatsko Zagorje are also very popular, but foreign tourists do not make up the majority of the audience. Dubrovnik museums in 2019 and August had 84.480 visitors, and this year 18.197 or a minus of 78,4%. Last year, the Museum of the City of Split recorded 99.761 visitors in the middle of the season in two months, and in 2020 15.589 or a drop of 84,3%. The Archaeological Museum of Istria, the absolute champion of attendance for years, lost 55,6% of visits this summer and fell in the summer months from 247.344 to 109.687. Although only at the beginning of 2021, when we collect statistical data for the whole of 2020 from all museums in the Republic of Croatia, we will be able to accurately determine the dimensions of the number of visitors, data on visits to these five museum houses, which annually attract a third of all visitors. in July and August, a decline of 79,18 percent was recorded, according to the survey. last_img read more

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