Croatia reported on Sunday significantly fewer new coronavirus cases, 50, than in the past two days when cases counted well over a hundred.
The country currently has 1,117 known active cases of Covid-19. Hospitals are treating 132 people for the virus and one person has died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. More than 4,800 people are under orders to self-isolate after having been exposed to the virus.
Zagreb had the largest number of new cases in the country today, 24. Istria County, which has had a very low case count for weeks, jumped by 16 infections today, following an outbreak at a nursing home in Umag. Since the virus was detected in a resident there on Saturday, 11 more people at the same facility, six patients and five employees, have tested positive. The nursing home has 90 residents and 50 employees and public health authorities are expecting to see more cases from that location over the coming days.
Several other counties reported cases in the single digits, including Split-Dalmatia County, with five.
“We are seeing variations in cases in our county from day to day, just like everywhere else in Croatia. Whenever there is large-scale public gathering, we end up with seeing a high number of cases," said Željka Karin from the Teaching Institute for Public Health in Split.
This variation is exactly what we are seeing in Osijek-Baranja County. After reporting a record 50 new cases on Saturday, most from a convent in Đakovo, the county recorded only one new infection today.
Croatia has made face masks mandatory for all retail workers and customers starting on Monday. The rule also applies to everyone entering a health care facility and workers at cafes and restaurants but not customers. Weddings have been identified as a major source of new infections. Public health authorities are starting with a softer measure to deal with the issue instead of an outright ban. Any gathering of 100 people or more must be reported to civil defense authorities 48 hours ahead of time. Organizers also have to present them with a list of all participants and their contact information.
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