ZAGREB, June 20 (Hina/CW) – There were 19 new COVID-19 cases reported in Croatia in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 2,299, the national crisis management team said in a statement on Saturday.
The new cases were reported in the Primorje-Gorski Kotar (1), Zagreb (1), Grad Zagreb (6), Split-Dalmatia (7), Osijek-Baranja (2), Brod-Posavina (1) and Sibenik-Knin (1) 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 50 active cases in Croatia. There are 8 people in hospital with no patients currently on a ventilator.
Since late February, Croatia has conducted 72,202 tests, including 388 in the last 24 hours.
We will control the border effectively
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that the Croatian healthcare system was fully prepared to cope with a possible spike in coronavirus cases, adding that the border would be controlled in an effective way.
“In some of the countries in our neighbourhood there has been an increase in the number of infections, and we are closely monitoring the situation. We are also monitoring the situation in Croatia because we have had 22 cases in the last two days, which is a lot more than in the last three weeks of lull. We believe that our healthcare system is fully prepared to cope with any increase in the number of infections. We will control the border in an effective way and appeal to everyone to behave responsibly,” Plenkovic told the press in Zagreb when asked about the possibility of tightening border controls as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus.
Guidance for foreign tourists
The HZJZ has also issued guidance in the case of tourists contracting the virus in Croatia. Foreign tourists testing positive for COVID-19 should be immediately transferred to a dedicated health institution, while domestic tourists with mild symptoms should go home and self-isolate.
Any staff who test positive at accommodation establishments where the infected tourist was staying should undergo hospital treatment or self-isolate, depending on the severity of symptoms.
HZJZ recommends ban on visits to nursing homes
Because of the current epidemiological situation, the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) and the Ministry of Social Policy recommend a ban on visits to nursing homes in Zagreb and Split-Dalmatia County and advise that nursing home residents not visit their homes, as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
The HZJZ has appealed to the public to observe the ban on visits to state-run nursing homes in order to protect their residents and staff from becoming infected with the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.