EU member states will on Wednesday open their borders to 14 countries, including Serbia and Montenegro, while Croatia has added Bosnia and Herzegovina, Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Tuesday.
Božinović assessed that this was not a political decision related to the upcoming elections but that it was in the interest of the Croatian economy. And, at the moment, there were fewer new cases of Covid-19 in Bosnia than in Serbia. He said, however, that the final recommendation from Brussels was still pending.
"We do not expect any additional problems due to opening the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina because the import of infected people was far higher from Serbia than from Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Božinović. Twenty-five cases were imported from Serbia and only eight from Bosnia and Herzegovina, he said and added that authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including epidemiologists, were taking the necessary steps to keep the virus under control.
On the home front, the minister said it was also important that domestic hotspots remain under control. "It is not unexpected that the number of people infected will increase in some areas of Croatia, just as they are growing in other European countries. Given that the clinical picture is milder, the health services are not overloaded, I think that only one ventilator is currently in use," he said.
Božinović reiterated that at the moment decisions were being made in favour of economic activity, primarily tourism. He said that he was pleased that people were adhering more to the epidemiological recommendations and that this was a preparatory period for the autumn when more respiratory problems are usually prevalent.
Commenting on night clubs being the source of new infections in Croatia, he said that inspectors would be issuing warnings at first but then would impose sanctions for those breaching measures.
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