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Croatia reports 208 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours

Health Minister Vili Beros (Photo: Tomislav Kristo / CROPIX/Pool)

ZAGREB, Aug 14 (Hina) – In the last 24 hours there have been 208 new cases of the infection with coronavirus in Croatia, and the infection took two more lives, the national COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Friday.

The number of active cases rises to  961, the head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ), Krunoslav Capak told a news conference in Zagreb.

This is the second day in a row with record-high daily numbers of new cases. On Thursday, the team reported 180 new infections.

Currently, 106 COVID patients are receiving hospital treatment, and of them, 10 are placed on ventilators.

The latest two fatalities were a patient born in 1960 and a patient born in 1934 with underlying health conditions.

Since 25 February when the country reported its first confirmed case of this communicable disease, 6,258 have tested positive, and of them, 163 have died, while 5134 have recovered.

Currently, 3,158 people in Croatia are self-isolating.

Since the outbreak of the disease, 134,742 people have been tested, including 1,249 in the last 24 hours.

The average age of the newly-infected patients is 31 and they usually develop mild symptoms, Capak said.

Map of active cases (Koronavirus.hr)

Austria cautions citizens not to travel to Croatia

Austria’s foreign ministry on Friday warned against travel to Croatia, as concerns grow that vacationers could catch the coronavirus and spread it once they return, the Reuters news agency reported.

Austria fears that when holiday-makers return from Croatia, which on Thursday recorded a record number new cases of the infection, that could lead to accelerating the spread of the virus on its territory.

The ministry said that the warning is effective from August 17.

On Thursday Italy introduced a mandatory test for the coronavirus for anyone arriving from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain. That same day spokesman for Slovenia’s COVID response team, Jelko Kacin, hinted that Croatia might be denoted to the red list of unsafe countries.

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