77 new coronavirus cases in Croatia (Photo montage: HRT/PIXSELL, Marko Lukunic, Milan Sabic/REUTERS, Dinuka Liyanawatte/PIXABAY) 77 new coronavirus cases in Croatia (Photo montage: HRT/PIXSELL, Marko Lukunic, Milan Sabic/REUTERS, Dinuka Liyanawatte/PIXABAY)

After Split-Dalmatia County, the highest number of new cases was in Zagreb - 12, followed by Vukovar-Srijem County with 11 new cases. There are six cases each in Osijek-Baranja and Primorje-Gorski Kotar Counties, five in Brod-Posavina County, and four new cases in Zagreb County. There are two cases each in Šibenik-Knin and Zadar Counties, and one in Varaždin.

Epidemiologist Dinko Puntarić explained why the number of infections is growing.

“We were closed for a time and the number decreased, after that we opened for traffic, opened the borders and tourist season and this is nothing surprising. The virus is evidently easily transferable, we have a little more relaxed behavior by people and that is that. It’s just a matter of circumstance and way of life, we are no longer all closed like we were, but instead we're now more open in the interest of the state functioning and for there to be a tourist season,” said Puntarić.

There were no new cases in Istria County, but a 72-year-old foreign citizen has died.

“An Italian is in question who was residing in Istra County in July with the intention of staying longer. However he died in the Pula General Hospital of advanced malignant diseases, but he was also positive. Working out formalities with the Italian Republic is underway in order to return him to Italy,” said the head of the Istra County Civil Protection Headquarters Dino Kozlevac.

At the moment, the total number of infected in Croatia is 569, of which 120 are being treated in the hospital, and 8 patients are on respirators. In the past 24 hours, 995 people were tested.

Source: HRT