Speaking at a news conference of the National Civil Defence Headquarters this morning, Minister of Health Vili Beroš said that in relation to 4 pm yesterday, in Croatia 52 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed bringing the total up to 306.
Interior Minister Davor Božinović said that he will sign a decision to prohibit citizens from leaving their place of residence in Croatia.
“The number of infected is growing and we expect further growth so these are necessary measures,” said Božinović.
He added that people and jobs that will be exempt from the measure are: those are important for transport that is necessary for supply, daily migrations, the employed in important services for healthcare and veterinary protection, delivery of medicines, sanitary materials, maintaining utilities, water supply and sewage, provision of natural gas and electricity, informing the public, journalists, citizens that require urgent medical assistance, vital family reasons, travelling to work and from work if doing a job is absolutely necessary and can’t be done from home, as well as urgent operative services that are taking part in preventing spread of the disease.
Božinović announced the possibility of ne stricter measures.
“The health of people and preventing the spread of the disease are task number one and there will be no compromise in this,” said Božinović.
Minister of Health Vili Beroš said that following yesterday’s earthquake in Zagreb it was confirmed that the Jordanovac Lung Disease Clinic presents a certain risk and 36 patients have been transferred to the Rebro hospital. The same was done for patients from the Orthopaedic Clinic on Šalata.
“A plane has landed with a second portion of valuable donations from the government of the United Arab Emirates,” said Beroš.
The director of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, Krunoslav Capak said that the headquarters adopted a decision to raise the work of epidemiological services to the highest possible level – all epidemiologists in Croatia within the public healthcare system are on permanent standby.
Interior Minister Božinović said that the headquarters is dealing with two crisis situations – the coronavirus and yesterday’s earthquake in Zagreb. 27 citiens were injured in the quake, 18 of them seriously, while of those 18 12 were kept in the hospital.
“Unfortunately, the 14 year old girl is still in critical condition,” added Božinović.
“Damage is great, there are more than 250 damaged buildings,” said the Minister. He added that all citizens who could not sleep in their homes were quickly cared for.
Božinović said that from yesterday at 6:24 am until this morning at 3 am, there were a total of 37 earthquakes, which is to be expected when the first earthquake measures 5.5 on the Richter scale. He emphasized that citizens should be cautious because the area is seismological active at this time.