The National Civil Defence Headquarters announced today that in the last 23 hours there were 56 new cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia and that the total number of infected has reached 713. One patient died this morning at the Dubrava Clinical Hospital Centre in Zagreb. The deceased was an 84 year old who was suffering from the effects of a stroke as well as the coronavirus. This was the sixth victim of the coronavirus in Croatia.
In the meantime a transport aircraft from Shanghai has landed in Zagreb carrying 13 tons of protective equipment, while another is prepared to leave for Croatia from Frankfurt carrying 10 tons.
Minister of Health Vili Beroš said at today’s news conference that the current state of affairs, which is satisfactory, is the result of mutual efforts from the medical profession, the headquarters and citizens. He said that they believe, if we are determined, we could get through this with as little damaging effects as possible.
“Responsible behavior is the key to success at this moment,” said Beroš.
As far as 26 patients on respirators are concerned, Alemka Markotić, the Director of the Dr. Fran Mihaljević Clinic for Infectious Diseases, said that all people on respirators have a harsh form of the disease and the majority can be critical.
Commenting on a statement by President Zoran Milanović saying that everything must be adopted with a two thirds majority in parliament, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that he does not follow statements. He said that the critical point was the earthquake in Zagreb because a great number of citizens instinctively went outside. He said that all decisions must be quick, that parliament was not working on Sunday and the headquarters had to make a decision.
“Naturally, limiting human rights has not crossed anyone’s mind. But we can see that people are becoming more and more aware that this is an emergency and extreme situation. Thus we have emergency measures, sometimes they are also extreme,” said Božinović.
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