There were 130 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia today, announced the National Civil Protection Headquarters at a news conference.
Most of new cases are in Split-Dalmatia County and in Zagreb, while nightclubs are still the most common places of infection. Therefore, it is recommended that the enclosed portion of such places be closed off and tables setup on dance floors.
Once again, we have a triple digit number of newly infected with coronavirus. New data was presented by the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak.
“In the last 24 hours 130 new cases of infection with the SARS CoV-2 virus were recorded, and the number of people currently infected, active cases in Croatia, today totals 686. Among them 117 patients are in the hospital, of that eight patients are on respirators. Today we had no deaths,” said Capak.
The most new cases were in Split-Dalmatia County - 33.
“Besides those 33 people that reside in Split-Dalmatia County, we have 11 people from other counties, and two foreign nationals that came from Switzerland,” said the director of the County Teaching Institute for Public Health, Željka Karin.
“In Zagreb there were 29 new cases, of which 15 became infected while on holidays,” said Sandra Šikić, the Deputy Director of the "Andrija Štampar" Institute of Public Health.
“Holidays are not the problem, the problem is rather risky and irresponsible behavior while on holidays. Therefore, I once call for maintaining social distance, especially with unknown people amd wearing masks in closed public spaces,” said Šikić.
The National Headquarters also warned of the importance of respecting epidemiological measures in nightclubs where the infection is spreading.
“These are clubs on Pag in Novalja, these are clubs in Makarska, in Vodice, and today we have a new situation with the island of Vir,” said Krunoslav Capak.
“That is why,” Capak pointed out, “it is recommended that nightclubs work only outdoors, and that tables with a distance of one and a half meters be placed on the dance floors. Control of this will be carried out by sanitary inspectors.”
“As of now the possibility will exist, if a nightclub is confirmed to be a source of infection, to close it for a certain amount of time,” added Capak.
“Considering the fact that there has been infection from various hospitality facilities, that organize birthday parties, weddings and other types of gatherings, and in the end cafes, wherever it is found that infection exists, they will first have to disinfect the entire space and then test all employees,” said the Head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Božinović.
When it comes to a vaccine that is still expected, Croatia has pre-booked a million and a half doses, and which vaccine it will be, will depend upon public procurement that will be carried out at the level of the European Union.