ZAGREB, 17 March 2020 – The National Civil Protection Authority has held its regular daily morning press conference on Monday morning to update the public about the coronavirus outbreak.
Health Minister Vili Beros said there were nine new cases of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday, and currently there are 65 infected persons. He also said the first four patients have already recovered from this coronavirus infection.
No information about where in the country the new confirmed cases were was available as yet. Beros says that despite the new cases, the situation is still under control, but it is still evident that the number of cases can still grow steadily.
“We have tested 1,114 people with 630 contacts under surveillance,” he said, before adding.
“We in Croatia have done a sufficient number of tests, but we do not increase the number because the profession has clearly stated who should be tested. We can test the whole country, but that doesn’t make sense at this point, we won’t have relevant data. I urge the elderly to stay in and only go out in an emergency.”
Beros says they will do everything they can to provide the elderly with everything they need and work is being done to deliver medicines to the elderly and immobile.
“Protecting them will allow the health system to function better.”
There have been no deaths yet in Croatia.
There has been more than 500 reports of violations of self-isolation received with 93 offenders to be sanctioned, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said.
Bozinovic also announced new border measures.
“Give up traveling abroad, the same goes for entering Croatia. We are in contact with Slovenia and will soon close 27 border crossings with Slovenia,” Bozinovic said.
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