The Fran Mihalević Hospital in Zagreb is where the most acute cases of coronavirus infection are being treated (Photo: HRT) The Fran Mihalević Hospital in Zagreb is where the most acute cases of coronavirus infection are being treated (Photo: HRT)

The chief administrator of the hospital, Alemka Markotić, who is also a member of the national Coronavirus Taks Force, said at this morning’s press conference that one of thirteen patients currently on a respirator was in critical condition. It is reasonable to assume this is the same patient who was reported to have died, but the Task Force is likely to offer more details at a press conference at 4 p.m. This is the second death caused by the virus in Croatia.

The head of the Croatian Public Health Brueau, Krunoslav Capak, confirmed on Wednesday that an autopsy had confirmed that the cause of death in the case of a 65-year-old man who died in Istria last week was COVID-19. The man had been self-isolating after learning that he had been in contact with a person who tested positive. He became ill and took a turn for the worse very quickly, his family said. 

Health authorities reported 39 new cases of coronavirus this morning, bringing the national total to 481 cases. So far, 22 people have made a full recover and nearly 4,000 people have been tested.

The virus appears to have made its way into the health care system and health authorities will be ramping up testing to curb its spread in hospitals and other medical facilities, said Health Minister Vili Beroš. However, he added that increased testing cannot offset irresponsible behavior by individuals and urged everyone to follow coronavirus guidelines, which include hand washing, social distancing, and staying home.