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Croatia reports just 1 new case in the last 24 hours, active cases drop to 258

Split, Croatia

ZAGREB, May 15, 2020 – There has been 1 new COVID-19 case reported in Croatia in the last 24 hours, the national crisis management team said at Friday’s press conference. 

Today’s new case brings the total tally of cases to 2,222.

There have been 1,869 recoveries to date, 19 more than yesterday. This means there are currently 258 known active cases. There are 142 people currently in hospital, 4 less than yesterday, with 8 patients currently on a ventilator.

Since late February, Croatia has conducted 51,568 tests, including 1,228 in the last 24 hours.

There has been one COVID-19-related fatality in the last 24 hours, a female patient at KBC Spit hospital (born in 1923) The current death toll stands at 95.

Croatia’s neighbours Slovenia declared an official end to the epidemic on Thursday, the first in Europe to do so. The country of 2 million people has so far reported 1,464 coronavirus cases and 103 fatalities.

“The current epidemiological situation enables the easing of some of the restrictions introduced to curb the spreading of the COVID-19 virus but the restrictions will not be lifted in their entirety,” the government said after a session on Thursday evening declaring an end to the epidemic and defining the future regime of entry into and transit through Slovenia.

Krunoslav Capak, head of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, addressed a question on the process in Croatia at the press conference. 

“Under the new law, the proclamation of an epidemic or its end is carried out by the Croatian Institute for Public Health making a proposal to the Minister, and then he makes a proposal to the Government. This is an epidemiological assessment based on the danger of the disease and transmission and based on the number of patients,” said Capak.

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