Croatia is one of five European countries with the cleanest bathing water, the European Environment Agency (EEA) announced on Monday, as borders begin to open after the corona crisis and tourists consider where to spend their summer holidays.
The cleanest bathing waters in Europe are in Cyprus, Austria, Malta, Greece and Croatia, according to a report by the European Commission and the EEA. Those five countries received an excellent rating for at least 95% of their bathing places. In Cyprus, 99.1% of bathing places received a rating of "excellent".
Tourists who fear being infected with the coronavirus while swimming should follow the guidelines of national or local authorities, said the agency. They should keep physical distances and wash their hands often enough.
The agency tested bathing water at about 22,300 sea, river and lake beaches in the EU, including Britain, Switzerland and Albania. About two-thirds of the bathing places are at sea and these places are generally cleaner than inland waters.
Tests found that 294 sites, or 1.3%, have poor water quality and pose a risk for diseases such as diarrhea.
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