Drive-in coronavirus testing (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/PIXSELL) Drive-in coronavirus testing (Photo: Kristina Stedul Fabac/PIXSELL)

Minister of Health, Vili Beroš has requested a statement from the Clinic for Children's Diseases, where the boy was first treated, and the Clinic for Infectious Diseases.

As for new cases in Croatia, according to the National Civil Protection Headquarters, 352 new cases of infection were recorded in the last 24 hours. There are 1,474 patients in hospital treatment, of which 138 are on respirators. 28 people have died.

The youngest victim of COVID 19 since the beginning of the pandemic in Croatia has died, an 11-year-old boy, who passed away at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb. Allegedly, the cause of death was multi-organ inflammatory syndrome that occurs as an excessive immune response. This was a rare and severe complication, unfortunately with a tragic outcome. The boy was first treated at the Clinic for Children's Diseases.

“The child patient was admitted on January 21st, in the afternoon hours with an anamnesis of high temperature, headaches and occasional pains in the abdomen. The same day diagnostic and laboratory processing was conducted that indicated acute renal failure, problems with the liver and with coagulation. After processing the patient was admitted to the intensive care unit and an operation was carried out during which he had heart failure. He was reanimated and after stabilization the operation was completed, in post operation the patient was dependent on respiratory and cardiovascular support. Considering all of these circumstances and a Covid positive test it was agreed that he would be transferred to the clinic for infectious diseases” said hospital Director Goran Roić.

As for the number of new cases, there were 352 of them in Croatia. There were 78 newly infected people in Split-Dalmatia County. In Zagreb, 73 new cases were registered, in Zagreb County 51, and in Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 34 new cases. There were also 32 newly infected people in Zadar County. Most new cases were recorded in a private home for the elderly and disabled in Vrsi.

There are 23 newly infected people in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. 51 coronavirus positive patients are being treated at the Rijeka Clinical Hospital Centre, three patients are being treated with respirators, and three people have died.

“366 samples were processed yesterday and the portion of positives has been reduced to an acceptable 5.6%. Once we are below five percent it means that we are in a much better epidemiological situation than what we had in November and December,” said the Director of the County Teaching Institute for Public Health Vladimir Mićović.

Minister of health Vili Beroš gave a statement after a meeting of members of the Government with epidemiologists today, at which preventive restrictions were discussed. He said he did not know if there would be any easing of measures and that more would be known in that regard by the end of next week.

“We agreed that at this moment our epidemiological situation is satisfactory and this allows us to consider an eventual relaxation, even though the majority of countries in Europe are considering additional closings. That fact alone emphasizes how important this discussion is and how necessary it is to thoroughly consider future activities, because the future health of Croatian citizens depends on this. We can plan something now, however in three or four days if a new circumstance arises, like for example the appearance of a new strain of the virus in Croatia, then everything falls into the water,” said Beroš.

Minister Beroš added that at this moment there have been no flare ups of new strains of the virus in Croatia and that they believe none are in our country.

The Minister did note that if there is a relaxation of measures, sports activities will be given priority, and measures in catering should be standardized. It is certain that cafes could also be allowed to sell drinks to go, just as restaurants, food kiosks and petrol stations can sell drinks and food to go.

Source: HRT