Croatia reported on Saturday a record number of new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row, 140. One person has died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.
Half of the new cases are in Slavonia, 70, and 50 of them in Osijek-Baranja County. This is the largest number of cases the county has seen since the pandemic began. What is also troubling is that 170 people were tested, yielding 50 positives, a very high rate that may indicate more undetected infections in the community. Furthermore, 43 of those who tested positive are from Đakovo, where an outbreak at a local convent that began a month ago is still generating most of the new cases.
"There are 185 nuns at the convent and around 130 have contracted the virus, so far,” said Goran Ivanović, the head of the Osijek-Baranja County coronavirus response task force.
Ivanović urged the public to abide measures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus and also not to stigmatize the nuns from the convent. The sisters have been cloistered in their convent for more than a month and they are not spreading the virus around to the rest of the county, he said.
Vukovar-Srijem County reported 12 new cases and Brod-Posavina County seven new cases on Saturday. Virovitica-Podravina County has one new case, a teacher. Public health officials there said this case, like several others, was linked to a high school graduation dinner.
The City of Zagreb, which has also been reporting a surge in cases, had 35 new infections on Saturday. The one fatality today was in Zagreb County, which reported six new cases. Vjelkoslav Jeleč, the head of the Zagreb city health department, said many of the new infections in the capital were people in self-isolation after having come into contact with an infected individual. Epidemiologist have been unable to determine the source of infection for the rest of the new cases. Given that 1,039 people in the capital are currently under orders to self-isolate following exposure to the virus, Jeleč said more cases are likely to develop.
Split-Dalmatia County reported 12 new cases, 8 of them contacts of earlier infected individuals. Four of the cases are related to a wedding that has already generated a large number of infections.
In Istria County there were four new cases, one of them is a resident of a nursing home in Umag. Zadar County reported seven new cases and Karlovac County four new infections.
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