Prime Minister Andrej Plenković led a virtual cabinet session on Monday while in self-isolation after his wife tested positive for Covid-19. Discussions focused on the ongoing pandemic, including financial compensation for businesses affected by mass closings, and potential fines for not following epidemiological measures.
"I said three days ago that the fight against the coronavirus was based on the trust between citizens and the state. We are convinced that the majority of our citizens understand the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in. At the same time, I believe this tool is necessary, considering the fact that certain irresponsible individuals are putting the health of others at risk," said the prime minister.
Health Minister Vili Beroš said the government would put forth legislation which would prescribe a new set of restrictive measures that would carry fines for non-compliance. The potential fines are to be implemented by police officers, deputies of the civil protection directorate, and the State Inspectorate.
The proposed legislation foresees fines ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 kuna for legal entities, and up to 500 kuna for private citizens.
According to the National Civil Protection Directorate, 1,830 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Croatia over the past 24 hours. Seventy-four virus-related fatalities over the past 24 hours have raised the death-toll since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,786. There are currently 2,358 people receiving treatment in hospital, 255 of whom are on ventilators.
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