There were 1,578 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia in the last 24 hours, 500 more than last Monday and 40 more people have died. Due to the growing need for testing, a rapid antigen test will soon be sufficient to detect covid-19. The topic of compulsory vaccination of some citizens has also been brought up again.
In response to the emergence of Omicron and the growing need for testing, PCR testing will no longer be mandatory, announced Health Minister Vili Beroš.
“The disease will be able to be detected with rapid antigen tests which, as time elapses, are more and more relevant and better. We have the infrastructure because we prepared it for testing in state and public services,” said Beroš.
Quick tests will be able to be done with a referral, and Beroš added that all who are tested in this manner will be able to get Covid certificates, but they will be valid only in Croatia.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković once again called on citizens to get vaccinated and get the booster dose, adding that there are plenty of vaccine doses.
“I especially call on older citizens that are at the highest risk, all those that are above 60 years of age. It is up to them and their families, to explain to them why it is good to get vaccinated and in that manner have higher protection against Covid-19,” said the Prime Minister.
Due to poor vaccination, Minister Beroš also raised the issue of compulsory vaccination.
“A year ago I spoke about this, mandatory vaccination is not an option at this moment, but if the virus progresses, if clinical pictures get worse, we will also consider it. You see for yourselves that they are already considering it in Italy and not for people older than 65m but also for significantly younger people. Therefore all options are in play,” said Minister Beroš.
As of midnight, stricter epidemiological measures, adapted to the new variant of the coronavirus, will come into force. They additionally restrict gatherings, and more intensive control of catering facilities has been announced.
“We have an overlapping of the fourth and fifth wave. The spread can definitely be slowed down and that is why there needs to be adequate measures. Our goal is to slow the spread of the virus, prevent an overburdening of the health care system and protect those most vulnerable to infection,” said Epidemiologist Branko Kolarić, a member of the Government Scientific Council.
Whenever possible, employers are advised to organize work from home, and masks are mandatory at religious ceremonies, in cinemas and at exhibits.
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