For the third day in a row, the number of new cases of coronavirus is growing in CROATIA. While there were 11 of them on Thursday and Friday, today there were 19 new cases, which is the highest in the last month and a half.
There are seven new cases in Zagreb today. Six confirmed new cases are in Split, two in Osijek, one in Zagreb County, one in Dubrovnik, and one new case has been confirmed in Brod-Posavina County. Most of them are cases imported from abroad and close contacts of the infected. In translation, the virus is now spreading within the family.
Many are already mentioning the second wave, but epidemiologists and staff members say it has not yet happened. However, some stricter measures have already been introduced, so the CNIPH recommended the abolition of visits to homes in Zagreb and Split, and the Osijek KBC reintroduced a ban on visits.
Stricter controls have been introduced on the borders with BiH and Serbia, so now, according to Minister Davor Bozinovic, more and more people are not allowed to enter the country. According to Bozinovic, as many as 70 percent of passengers from the two countries were denied entry.
Will we introduce stricter measures? Staff members claim that there is no need for that now. However, there is talk of introducing self-isolation for Croatian citizens returning from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
“Second wave or not, if we don’t stick to the measures, we will continue to have a large number of new cases”
“No matter what we call it, the new wave, the coat of arms of the old wave … The fact is that we have an increase in the number of patients after a couple of weeks of good situation,” epidemiologist Bernard Kaic told Dnevnik Nova TV.
“If we continue to behave like that, we can expect dozens of patients a day,” Kaic said, adding that the situation could be more favorable if people see that the disease is among us and stick to the measures.
Kaić says that it is logical to enter the infected from outside, and for a few cases who do not know where they became infected, he says that it is a matter of relaxation.
“It’s probably because people have relaxed. It’s been too short to say whether the contagion curve is exponential or linear,” Kaic added.
About opening borders and people not sticking to measures
The epidemiologist does not think that the opening of the borders came too soon, but the problem, he emphasizes, is that people do not adhere to the prescribed measures.
“I don’t think that the borders were relaxed too soon. With the opening of the borders, measures were prescribed that should be followed by people entering Croatia, which are quite good in terms of preventing the spread of the disease, because our instructions say that within 14 days after entering Croatia, one should measure the temperature every day, avoid crowds, go out only as much as necessary, wear a mask where one cannot maintain the distance, but the problem is that no one adheres to that, “said Kaić.
About masks in public transport and elections
Kaic added that there was no new knowledge about the virus in the past month and that the new coronavirus was still unpredictable and that the self-isolation measure should remain for those who had been in contact with infected people until a vaccine was found.
Kaic says masks should be worn on public transport.
“In public transport, a lot of people are close indoors. A mask should definitely be worn,” he added.
He also commented on the upcoming parliamentary elections and pointed out that distance should be maintained as well as that people should carry their rounding pens and disinfect their hands at the entrance to the polls.
“Voters are not very exposed, but commission members need to protect themselves and wear masks,” Kaic concluded.
Bozinovic: We are bringing people back from the borders
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Minister Davor Božinović commented for RTL Danas on the possibility of introducing stricter measures.
“There are recommendations that are very precise. And as we say from the beginning, all we achieve is to do it together, and all the staffs and the medical profession,” he pointed out.
Asked if this meant that there would be no binding measures, he replied:
“All the measures that are being introduced depend on the current situation. We do not think that more restrictive measures should be resorted to. All contacts of the infected have been captured, these are Croatian citizens who were in neighboring countries …”, he pointed out.
Asked what exactly they are doing at the borders, tightening measures or intensifying existing ones, the minister said:
“As for the citizens of other countries, the purpose does not have to be proved only by the citizens of ten EU member states. Since the measure came into force, about 70 percent has been rejected. We bring people back from the border. If it is a personal reason, it must be humanitarian. meetings must be urgent. That is the assessment of the Croatian police. “
Grba-Bujević: The number of new patients is not a cause for great concern
Head of the Crisis Staff of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Maja Grba-Bujević also states that there is no need to introduce stricter measures.
“In Croatia today, we have 53 people with coronavirus, eight of whom are in hospital, we have no one on a respirator, and none of the patients in hospital have severe symptoms.
Fifty-three sick people are not a cause for our great concern, but we must be aware that we are not adhering to the measures we have introduced, which are still in force. We have to admit that we have relaxed, ”he says.
“This is not the time to talk about restrictive measures because the number is not so worrying,” she said when asked if they were considering tightening the measures.
There are over 163,000 tourists in Croatia
According to the eVisitor system, about 34,000 tourists registered in Croatia yesterday alone, of which 24,000 were foreigners. Today we have 163,000 guests, confirmed for HTV the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli.
Most guests come from Germany, Slovenia and Austria, and they prefer camps and private accommodation and only then hotels. The most visited cities are Rovinj, Vir, Mali Lošinj, Umag and Poreč.
Due to checks at the border crossings with Slovenia, columns are being created. Due to the epidemiological situation in Serbia and BiH, Croatian police have tightened measures at border crossings with those countries.
“Today we have 163,000 guests. The daily growth is 30-40 thousand. Today we will have a growth of about 60-70 thousand, which is twice as much as these days,” said Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.
He pointed out that given the growth in the number of infected, they did not receive major layoffs.
“The situation is changing from day to day and we are prepared for every possible situation. It must be clear what the procedure is, the protocol, who will pay the costs. This is explained by today’s release of the document on the website of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. headquarters in the Adriatic counties to be increased with epidemiologists from the continent, “he concluded.