20:15 / 20.01.2022.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

COVID certificates to stay, says PM

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Foto: Robert Anic / Pixsell

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told a news conference on Thursday that the government was still not considering the abolishment of COVID certificates.

The government is not changing its policy considering COVID passes, Plenković said.

The topic of doing away with COVID passes has been raised since Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for an end to the COVID certificate mandate and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that possibility, while also declaring the end of the mask mandate.

This prompted Dario Hrebak, leader of the Croatian Social and Liberal Party (HSLS), a junior partner in the government's ruling coalition, to state that thought should be given to abolishing COVID certificates.

"I've never had any problem saying what's on my mind. Now is the time to start thinking about abolishing Covid certificates. However, I will leave it up to the experts and the Covid task force to decide when exactly that should happen," said Hrebak.

However, Plenković explained that revoking COVID passes is being considered in countries with much higher vaccination rates than in Croatia, adding that Hrebak's suggestion at the last coalition meeting was just one of the comments.

"We must give doctors some more time to make a decision based on further developments," the prime minister said, adding that it was good that the Omicron variant seems to be a milder variant.

"The number of new infections is not proportionately reflected in the number of hospitalizations and those placed on ventilators. But we will continue to follow the situation on a daily basis," said Plenković.

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