According to the latest information there have been a total of 102 cases of coronavirus infection in Croatia. For now no irregularities have been reported regarding a man who died in Istra. At this morning's news conference of the National Civil Protection Headquarters it was announced that measures which went into effect as of midnight last night can be made stricter if necessary.
Minister of Health Vili Beroš presented the current situation in Croatia
“This morning's report on findings regarding the coronavirus shows that of a total of 1244 tested, at this moment, 99, or 102 with the newest information from 15 minutes ago, are infected,” said Beroš.
He added that as of today strict measures of social distancing have gone into effect, that require avoiding close personal contact under a distance of two metres in closed spaces and one metre in the open.
Due to the situation Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that he will address the public.
"Tonight I will address the public by television, so that together, once again, we understand that our current conditions are under emergency, that we have to get used to them, that life and functioning of the state must continue, and that we all demonstrate great responsibility so that as individuals, as institutions, as the state and as a society, we are up to the challenge ahead of us," said Plenković.
The Prime Minister once again emphasized that it is necessary to adhere to measures to fight the epidemic, and measures of social distancing. He said that all of the measures will be in effect for 30 days.
"Despite these emergency circumstances, the government will do everything in its power to assist business activities in continuing as much as possible, while constantly giving priority to the security and health of Croatian citizens. For that purpose, we have prepared a package of 63 economic measures to preserve jobs and liquidity of companies," said the Prime Minister.
When asked by reporters if the number of tests should be increased, considering the fact that the patient from Istra that died was not tested, the director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases Alemka Markotić said that if it is found that the death was a result of coronavirus infection, which has not yet been confirmed, it should not be unexpected that there will be more deaths for risk groups.
"We currently have a number of people in Croatia now that are older and all those with indications have been tested. If there wasn't a rational approach, we could have possibly already had tens of thousands infected," said Markotić.
As far as measures that have been in effect since midnight, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that they will not hesitate to impose penalties, but without the cooperation of the people, no measures will provide results.
"These decisions can be changed, they are temporary in nature, for 30 days. They can be changed in the direction of making some stricter, while they can also be more lenient, all depending on our attitude toward them as a community and as citizens," said Božinović.
The National Civil Protection Headquarters continues to appeal to citizens to maintain personal hygiene and decrease social contacts, so that we may protect those vulnerable, older than 65 and those with chronic illnesses.