"The number of new infections is not proportionately reflected in the number of hospitalisations and those placed on ventilators," Plenković said, adding that this was why the Omicron variant seemed less dangerous.
He, however, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic was continuing to spread and that Omicron was spreading faster and was more infectious.
"I call on the people who have not been vaccinated yet to get vaccinated, and those who have to take a booster dose. Over 700,000 people have so far received a booster dose," the prime minister said.
Stressing the importance of trust in science and medicine, he said that the only way to protect oneself from getting infected with the novel coronavirus was a combination of vaccination and compliance with epidemiological measures.