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19 new Covid-19 cases reported in Croatia in the last 24 hours 

Vili Beros (Photo: Tomislav Kristo / CROPIX / POOL)

ZAGREB, June 22, 2020 (Hina/CW) – There were 19 new COVID-19 cases reported in Croatia in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 2,336, the national crisis management team said in a statement on Monday. 

The new cases were reported in Bjelovar-Bilogora (1), Sibenik-Knin (1), Dubrovnik-Neretva (1), Međimurje (1), Koprivnica-Krizevci (1), Zagreb (9), Osijek-Baranja (3), Zadar (2) counties. 

There were no new COVID-19-related fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. The current death toll stands at 107. There have been 2,142 recoveries to date. 

Currently, there are 87 active cases in Croatia. There are 9 people in hospital with no patients currently on a ventilator. 

Since late February, Croatia has conducted 72,746 tests, including 268 in the last 24 hours.

Tennis players in Zadar positive 

After Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on Sunday night after taking part in the Adria Tour in Zadar, a total of 22 participants, including players and their coaching staff, have to date been tested, and of them, three had got positive results, the tournament’s organisers said on Monday.

These three positive cases are Croatian player Borna Coric, and Marko Paniki, who is Djokovic’s fitness trainer, and Dimitrov’s coach Christian Groh, the organisers have explained.

Cilic says he is negative

Croatian tennis player Marin Cilic stated on Monday morning that the result of his COVID-19 test was negative. Over 1,000 people have been tested since the news about Dimitrov’s health conditions broke. 

The head of the national coronavirus crisis management team, Davor Bozinovic, said on Monday that anyone who did not adhere to social distancing rules at the tennis tournament in Zadar, who shook hands or had close contact with others had failed and caused damage to themselves and their loved ones.

“Anyone who did that has fallen short for their own health and for the health of their loved ones,” Bozinovic told reporters when asked who was to blame for the spike in coronavirus cases in Zadar following the Adria Tour tennis tournament.

Bozinovic: We are fairly safe if we keep our distance

“We are in a situation that follows after a period of shutdown when Croatia is opening its economy and tourism…the fact is that if we all adhere to at least the basic measures, such as physical distancing, then we are fairly safe,” said Bozinovic.

He said that he was certain that in the next few days people would become aware of the necessity to adhere to measures to prevent the disease from spreading.

Asked whether the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) presidency had considered postponing the parliamentary election, Bozinovic said that the matter had not been discussed and that there were no indications that it should be discussed.

“At the moment we have one of the most favourable epidemiological situations in Europe. At the moment we are the third country from the bottom regarding the number of deaths. We do not have anyone on a ventilator. We have a very small number of people hospitalised. If these aren’t figures of the success of our work in managing this crisis, I don’t know what is,” he said.

Beros: It’s not the end of the virus, precautions should be mandatory for all 

Because of the spike in the number of coronavirus cases, Health Minister Vili Beros is going to visit Zadar General Hospital today.

“I am going to Zadar. Unfortunately, it’s not the end of the coronavirus and that’s why precautions have to be mandatory for everyone. One should be responsible for oneself and for the others, particularly the youngest. Prevention is the priority,” Beros said on Twitter.

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