In his second speech today, in which he answered journalists’ questions about his contact with the world’s first tennis player Novak Đoković, who was confirmed to have a coronavirus infection today, PRIME MINISTER Andrej Plenković attacked a journalist for agitating for the opposition.
N1 journalist Hrvoje Krešić read to Plenković the instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health from their official website, according to which close contact is any contact that implies direct physical contact with an infected person.
Plenković was visibly annoyed and at one point attacked a journalist for agitating for the opposition.
It all started when a journalist read a part of the CNIPH document with an emphasis on the part about each direct physical contact mentioned in the definition of close contact.
Plenković said that was not the case, to which the journalist asked him if he had touched Đoković.
Here’s how the conversation went.
“If I did, by the shoulder. This is how we …” he said and showed how he touched him with his fist. “If there’s anyone who gets more disinfected than me …”
“This is not physical contact that transmits the infection.”
The journalist replied that touching is physical contact, according to the definition of the CNIPH.
Plenković attacked the journalist
Plenković then attacked the journalist.
“I know that you like to agitate for the team that you would like to see in power. I understand you,” Plenković said, to which Krešić stated that the Prime Minister attacked him as a journalist because he was asking questions.
“Did you touch him?” the journalist asked.
“I just did this,” Plenković said, demonstrating the hand movement again.
“You touched him,” the reporter retorted.
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“I am on my shoulder,” Plenković said.
“And fist to fist,” the reporter replied.
“I don’t even think that was the case. We just said goodbye from a decent distance. I answered your question,” said Plenković, who was not in the mood to answer further about the exact contact between him and Đoković.
Plenković, by the way, visited the 7th constituency today, where he visited several places.
Government: There is no need for self-isolation
Recall, a government spokesman told Index that the prime minister will not go into self-isolation because the contact he had with Djokovic is not considered close contact.
“According to epidemiologists and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the prime minister should not go into self-isolation, no close contact has been made. Considering that the prime minister talked to Djokovic for less than three minutes and did not shake hands, no close contact was established “According to the definition of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, close contact means contact of a person who has been in contact with a person infected with covid-19 for more than 15 minutes indoors. The CNIPH made this clear yesterday,” government spokesman Marko told us. Milic.
From sources close to the Prime Minister, we tried to find out how they comment on the fact that Plenković touched Đoković, who was confirmed infected today, and that the Minister of Health Vili Beroš said yesterday that touching is close contact, but they did not want to comment.
They said only that Plenković’s meeting and conversation with Đoković lasted very short, that in any case it was less than three minutes and that there was a standard of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control of 15 minutes so that all contacts would not be considered close. They add that the meeting of the HTS photographer, who was in self-isolation with the infected tennis player Dimitrov, according to the photographer, lasted 45 minutes, which is much longer.
Contact Plenković and Đoković
It should be reminded that during his stay at the tennis tournament in Zadar, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković met with Novak Đoković, who was confirmed today to be positive for coronavirus.
In the meantime, photos of the meeting between Djokovic and Plenkovic in Zadar have appeared, showing the Prime Minister touching the infected best tennis player in the world.
The opposition believes that the prime minister should go into self-isolation, while the government says that there is no need for that.
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