Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: HRT) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković (Photo: HRT)

"Fourteen days ago, when we had cabinet meeting, I said that there were signs that the measures we had enacted would lead to a slowdown, that is, stagnation, in the number of new infections, and this has just happened," Plenković told reporters after a meeting of the National Council for the Adoption of the Euro.

Asked about the claims made by some members of the government’s council of scientific advisors that the number of new cases is not stagnating if probable cases are included, Plenković insisted the opposite was true and that it was not a matter of perception.

“Someone who has a fever, is feeling ill, needs medical care, they are getting medical care. We don’t have another 5,000 people who are home, but not in intensive care. That’s just not happening,” Plenković said, adding that the key figures were the number of hospitalized patients and how many of them were on ventilators.

He said the advisers on the council served on a voluntary basis and the government was not obligated to take their advice.

“Their role is advisory on the basis of their expertise, knowledge, and experience to help the government make timely public health decisions,” Plenković.

The Prime Minister also said that the vaccine Croatia planned to use would arrive at the same time as it will in the rest of the EU.

“The vaccine that is approved first will be the one that the EU will choose as a whole and Croatia will get that same vaccine,” Plenković said. He also underscored that vaccination would be carried out on a priority basis, meaning the most at risk groups would get vaccinated first.