Croatia confirmed six more cases of coronavirus infection on Saturday and authorities in Istria County moved to shutter all hospitality businesses for one month.
The six new cases brings the total up to 38. The latest patient is a woman who recently returned from Romania.
Croatia is stepping up self-isolation compliance rules, enacting fines of up to 8,000 kuna for those who break quarentine.
“The Interior Ministry has set up and expanded its information system so that we already have a significant database of information about people who have been ordered to self-isolate. So, police will be assisting sanitary inspection services,” said Interior Minister Davor Božinović at the coronavirus afternoon briefing on Saturday.
Health authorities said the good news was that the virus was still not being transmitted locally.
“Citizens have been arriving from various destinations - London, Munich, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and now Romania too - and these are all imported cases. Our citizens are allowed to return home, or course. They will be handled appropriately,” said Health Minister Vili Beroš.
He also urged Croatians to cancel plans to travel abroad in the near future.
“For all those people who have been sending us questions via email, we recommend that you postpone indefinitely any trips abroad you may have had planned,” he said at the briefing.
Istria County his shuttering all hospitality businesses for the next month in a move to try and curb the spread of the coronavirus. Shops will only be open until 6 pm. The number of coronavirus cases in the county has not risen drastically, but many locals have recently returned from Austria and Slovenia where they may have been infected. Shopping centers, small grocery stores and convenience stores will remain open until 6 p.m. All cafes and restaurants will be closed until April 14. Food delivery services and soup kitchens are exempt but are under strict cautionary measures, said Damir Kozlovac, the head of county civil defense services.
Sisak has confirmed its firs coronavirus case. The patient is a man who returned from Barcelona 3 days ago. 162 people in the area have been ordered to self-isolate.
Two coronavirus patients at Osijek's clinical hospital are doing well and have relatively mild symptoms. Both patients had come into contact with a close relative who was infected and is being treated in Zagreb. Local authorities are planning to enact precautionary measures that will likely limit the working hours of hospitality businesses.
Croatians returning from abroad, especially seasonal workers who've now lost their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic are having to wait for hours to get into the country. There was a line of several hundred cars and buses at the Bregana border crossing with Slovenia on Saturday. Some passengers had to wait more than 24 hours to clear the border.
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