Thirty new cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours.
According to the Civil Protection Directorate, to date, 2,366 cases have been identified, including 30 in the last 24 hours. Twelve cases were registered in both the City of Zagreb and Osijek-Baranja County, plus two each in Zagreb County and Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and one each in Istria County and Slavonski Brod-Posavina County.
Sixteen people are being treated in hospitals and none of them are on a ventilator. A total of 2,142 patients have so far made a full recovery and the death toll since the beginning of the crisis remains at 107.
Health Minister Vili Beroš commented on the latest data during a visit to Split, saying it proved that people should remain cautious.
"The number of new cases is rising, but not exponentially. In epidemiological terms, it is important that we have ten infections in one building, because it is not the same if ten infections occur in one place or in different cities," Beroš said. "This is a better epidemiological situation."
He said the rise in infections was as expected given that the virus was still present. He said hospitals must be prepared because tourists were in the country and new hotspots could appear, adding that the health care system must be prepared.
Beroš said that despite the recent increase in infections, Croatia and Slovenia had the lowest number of active cases in Europe.
"Our epidemiological situation is still good but this doesn't mean that we can relax because caution is still necessary," he added.
"What is important is that since this morning there have been no new cases in Zadar, all the new patients there are in a good condition and showing no symptoms," the minister concluded.
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