3,164 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Piroschka van de Wouw/REUTERS/Milan Sabic/Armin Durgut/Matija Habljak/PIXSELL) 3,164 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours (Photo: Maxim Shemetov/Piroschka van de Wouw/REUTERS/Milan Sabic/Armin Durgut/Matija Habljak/PIXSELL)

Once again Croatia had a relatively high number of new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours - 3,164, at the same time 49 people have died, the biggest number in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. There are just under 2,000 people being treated in the hospital of which 204 are on respirators.

“The government is preparing new measures which should start to be applied from next week and should ensure a decrease in the number of infected people,” said the Head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, Davor Božinović.

“The new measures will go in the direction of limiting the number of people that can be at social gatherings, the working hours of bars and restaurants, probably the obligation to work from home and introducing work in shifts, naturally where this is possible,” said Božinović.

Varaždin County has 278 newly infected. After the county was declared the worst in Europe by epidemiological situation, Reformist MP Natalija Martinčević sharply called out the National Headquarters for not already prescribing stricter measures. She warned that the numbers are not decreasing, half of the Varaždin General Hospital is already a Covid hospital, and a similar situation is possible in the remainder of the country.

“We call upon citizens for responsibility, we are asking for stricter measures, we're fighting for beds, for respirators, we're setting up tents, and at this pace we will fill hospitals in the next seven days. While we try to explain the seriousness of the situation to our citizens, the National Headquarters persistently makes statements saying the numbers are dropping, a vaccine is coming, stricter measures are not needed and everything is fine,” said Martinčević.

"From the beginning of this month, the total number of patients in hospital treatment has almost doubled, and the number of people on respirators is continuously increasing," said State Secretary at the Ministry of Health Tomislav Dulibić.

“The percentage of newly infected people that are not from self-isolation is a high 70%, which means that the greater majority of Covid positive citizens freely moved and spread the virus without suspecting that they had perhaps been in contact with an infected person,” said Dulibić.

Minister of Health Vili Beroš has also been infected with the coronavirus, but he is feeling well. He has a mild clinical picture and continues to perform his duties in isolation, adhering to all measures prescribed by epidemiologists, said the Ministry in a statement.

Source: HRT