21:50 / 29.10.2020.

Author: Katja Miličić

PM: Croatia will try to avoid lockdown, opting for tougher restrictions

(Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

(Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

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Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Wednesday that with the surge in Covid-19 cases and the rising death toll, Croatia will introduce stricter prevention measures but will try to avoid another lockdown.

Prime Minister Plenković said the situation was under control.

“We will have to keep playing the game of balancing between maintaining public health and economic activity until there is a vaccine. Until then, we will scale up restrictions, but try to avoid closures and the kinds of restrictions we had in spring,” Pleknović told reporters after a joint meeting of the HDZ Presidency and National Council.

Asked about the lockdowns being enacted in many European countries, including Germany, Plenković said Croatia has taken steps to address the current surge in cases.

“The numbers in many other European countries are much worse than in Croatia,” he said.

He thanked epidemiologists and doctors for their efforts in fighting the pandemic over the past eight months. He also called on members of the public who do test positive to be honest about their contacts and ensure that contact tracing can be done effectively.

“If people are honest and list all their contacts, the job is much easier,” he said.

Croatia has seen a massive surge in cases over the past two weeks, going from about 400 cases a day to more than 2 thousand. The number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus is getting close to 1,000, raising fears about whether the health care system can cope if the numbers continue to rise.

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