Croatia reported 53 new coronavirus cases on Monday. There are currently 1,145 known active cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Hospitals are treating 132 patients, four of whom are on ventilators, reported the national coronavirus task force today.
"We are continuing to co-exist with the virus. It is still right here with us and we must be very careful," said Health Minister Vili Beroš.
The head of the Croatian Public Health Institute, Krunoslav Capak, said there were only a few active hotspots that were still generating a trickle of cases.
"We had a few weddings and celebrations around the country that yielded these new cases and a new cluster at a nursing home in Umag."
Split-Dalmatia County reported 13 new cases, including one Austrian national. This morning, a long line of people seeking testing for the virus formed in front of the County Public Health Insatiate. Split has also re-opened a Covid-19 clinic in the Mertojak neighborhood to deal with the new demand for testing.
"This is a good thing because we can't cope with the large number of patients, contacts, seafarers, and persons who need a negative test before they can be cleared for a hospital medical procedure. We're simply overstretched," said Jana Novković, the head of epidemiology at the Public Health Institute in Split.
She says that up until now they were managing to turn tests around within 24 hours, but that was becoming a struggle since the surge in demand.
Zagreb has 12 new cases, among them, three employees at a nursing home in the city center. For now, none of the residents of the home have tested positive. Epidemiologists were unable to determine where the three workers became infected, said the head of the city's Social Welfare Department, Romana Galić.
In the country's east, Vukovar-Srijem County reported 11 and Osijek-Baranja County 8 new Covid-19 cases today. Three other counties reported a handful of cases each.
Croatia has mandated face masks in shops, public transport, and for all employees at restaurants and cafes but not customers. This measure went into effect on Monday. Interior Minister Davor Božinović said Croatians had to get into the habit of mask-wearing now to be better prepared for the possibility of another wave of infections in the fall. Large shopping centers have security officers turning away customers who are not wearing a mask, but enforcement in smaller shops is likely to be more difficult. Božinović appealed to the public to abide by the new rule.
The national coronavirus task force has announced it will again hold a daily afternoon briefing. The briefings ended in May when cases fell into the single digits following an 8-week lockdown.
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