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According to local health experts, Zadar County has seen a triple-digit increase in new infections over the past few days.

The jump in cases has forced local health authorities to seek stricter epidemiological measures in an effort to bring the situation back under control. Out of 80 tests conducted over the past 24 hours, 61 came back positive.

"Over the past two or three days the number of new infections has risen drastically. This morning we accepted around 30 new patients positive with Covid-19 who are now under observation. On a daily basis we have between 10 to 15 new hospitalizations - this is something that was not the case before," said Edi Karuc, from the Zadar General Hospital.

Meanwhile in Istria County, only 6 new infections were recorded from 75 tests conducted since Sunday. And while the number of active cases in the peninsula now stands at 120, the director of the local Civil Protection Directorate, Dino Kozlevac, said new stricter measures could still be introduced.

"We still need to wait and see what the impact of the existing epidemiological measures will be. We will re-examine the situation on Wednesday or Thursday and consider what further steps need to be taken; namely, whether the existing measures need to be revised or not. If the situation calls for it, the measures will be made more restrictive," said Kozlevac.

But in terms of the third wave of the virus in Istria is concerned, Kozlevac said the situation was "nothing like in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, or even other counties in Croatia."

Twelve percent of the coronavirus tests conducted in Croatia over the past 24 hours came back positive, resulting in 138 new infections. Twenty-five virus-related deaths were also recorded over the same period. There are currently 1,616 Covid-19 patients being treated in hospital; 156 of whom are on ventilators. 

Source: HRT