14:01 / 07.04.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Majority of epidemiological measures end at midnight, masks will no longer be mandatory with two exceptions

Davor Božinović

Davor Božinović

Foto: HTV / HRT

At the government offices today the National Civil Protection Headquarters presented a plan to mitigate epidemiological measures. Minister Vili Beroš said that measures will certainly remain in certain segments, such as social welfare and health.

“The epidemiological situation today is more favorable than at the end of last year and the beginning of this year,” said Interior Minister Davor Božinović.


He added that the consequences of the infectious disease COVID on the population and public health no longer have a significant impact, the health system is no longer significantly burdened.


“We have prepared decisions that abolish most of the epidemiological measures, with the obligation to use medical masks for some categories. Some categories would be recommended to use masks,” pointed out Božinović, adding that one of the reasons for the abolition of the measures included the arrival of warmer weather.


Božinović: We are abolishing masks, except in the health and social care system


Then he addressed the use of masks.


“The basic novelty is that its use is required only in high-risk circumstances, and in lower-risk circumstances, only the recommendation to wear a mask is given. Masks will have to be used only in the health care system, with employees and patients, and with employees of social welfare institutions that provide accommodation for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as visitors and patrons,” he added.


There is no longer a ban on entering the Republic of Croatia, regardless of country of origin.


“Citizens will be able to come without proving a reason for why they are coming, it will be enough to meet the epidemiological conditions, or to have a COVID certificate. The restriction on crossing will not apply to displaced persons from Ukraine coming to Croatia.


Beroš: I believe that the virus has lost the possibility of further adaptations


“The decisions will be published in the Official Gazette on Friday,” said Božinović, “and will take effect tomorrow at midnight, being at midnight between Friday and Saturday.”


“From tomorrow at midnight, we will discontinue almost all the decisions of the Headquarters concerning current restrictions. The obligation to use masks for employees and patients in the health care system and employees of social care institutions remains,” he repeated.


Speaking of COVID certificates, they are used in the health care system and when it comes to social housing.


“The epidemic and the global pandemic are on a downward trajectory, we can now talk about reducing measures,” said Health Minister Vili Beroš, adding that they carefully planned everything and monitored trends in the number of newly infected, hospitalized and dead.


But he added that "caution is never enough" and that everything will be monitored including developments in the fall.


“The global pandemic is still subsiding, does it mean that the new virus has lost the possibility of further adaptations and infectious capacity - I believe it does,” said Beroš.


Beroš said he hopes the lifting of measures will have an optimistic effect on citizens.


“We can eventually hope that this pandemic will move in the direction of turning into an endemic disease and our coexistence with this virus. But it is important that our senior citizens and the immunocompromised continue to adhere to measures and that those who are not yet vaccinated, get vaccinated, said the minister.


At the beginning of his address, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, conveyed greetings to all fellow citizens on the occasion of World Health Day.


“I express my satisfaction and happiness that we have the opportunity, based on the parameters that we carefully monitor, to relax epidemiological measures in the Republic of Croatia,” said Capak.


He added that the number of new cases, people on respirators and deaths is dropping and noted that about 70% of the adult population has been vaccinated.


Capak said that people will spend more time outdoors and that is good because the infection will not spread so quickly in the coming months.


“As the Minister said, all this together does not mean that we can relax and think that the virus is gone.


Source: HRT


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