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The number of active cases in Croatia now stands at 12,736. There are 932 Covid patients being treated in hospital, 68 of whom are on ventilators.

Health Minister Vili Beroš said on Wednesday that due to the increase in hospitalisations, respiratory support and intensive care units around the country were struggling to cope with the influx of patients.

At the same time, the minister said the health care system was still functioning one step ahead of the virus.

"We will do our best so that the health system functions as long and as well as possible. We do not have a crystal ball to foretell a collapse which I read about in media reports. It is possible but as a responsible person I will do my best to make the system function in the best possible way," said Beroš.

Minister Beroš denied the need for a new lockdown, saying many countries were doing so but the measures were not yielding results. He said he would continue to issue recommendations that constituted a balance between health protection and keeping the economy going.

Since 25 February, when Croatia registered its first case of the coronavirus infection, 40,999 people have been infected, while 27,770 have made a full recovery - including 930 over the last 24 hours.

Health authorities conducted more than 8,500 Covid-19 tests since yesterday.

Source: HRT