With almost 125 thousand coronavirus cases in 114 countries worldwide, the World Health Organization today officially declared the coronavirus a pandemic.
Four new coronavirus cases were registered in Croatia on Wednesday. All of the patients recently returned to Croatia from Austria and Germany. After an extraordinary meeting of his inner cabinet today, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that all schools in Istra County will be closed as of Friday.
"I spoke with Istra County Prefect Fabricio Radin, today. Given the situation in Istra County he asked that government close all schools, universities and pre-schools, even though pre-schools are under the jurisdiction of units of local government. After considering the situation and consulting with the Education Minister, we are proposing that schools be closed in Istra County as of Friday," the prime minister said.
Education Minister Blaženka Divjak is expected to travel to Brussels tomorrow to further discuss the issue with her counterparts from other EU member states.
"Tomorrow I am organizing a virtual conference for EU education ministers, at which we will assess the situation in each member state, the measures each one has implemented and how they prepared for this. In this way we can ensure that we are in line with the best practices in responding to these kinds of situations."
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