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Over the past 24 hours in Croatia four new cases of Covid-19 have been detected bringing the total number of people who have been infected since the coronavirus pandemic began to 2,232. The National Headquarters also confirmed that one patient has died in the past 24 hours, meaning that 96 people have died since the outbreak began. In total 1,967 people have made a full recovery from Covid-19 in Croatia.
The four new Covid-19 patients are from the Brod-Posavina County.
So far, 55,800 people have been tested up and down the country, of which 980 were tested over the last 24 hours.
There are also 2 fewer people hospitalized, which means that 120 people are in hospital. Out of that, 10 patients are on a ventilator, announced Civil Protection Directorate.
As always comprehensive information on the Covid-19 situation is available at the official website - https://www.koronavirus.hr/
12 days have passed and there are no new cases of Covid-19 in the entire Dubrovnik – Neretva County. According to currently available data in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours. Out of a total of 53 samples sent for analysis on Monday, 14 were negative and the rest are being processed.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began in Croatia a total of 118 people have been infected in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County, of which 97 people have made a full recovery and unfortunately 8 people have passed away. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,729 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.
As of today, 2 positive patients are hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases Department Dubrovnik General Hospital.
A total of 14 citizens are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.
The Slovenian government has made a decision according to which, due to the similarity of the epidemiological situation related to Covid-19, there is currently no need for previous restrictions when entering the country from Croatia, writes Jutarnji list.
"The government is well acquainted with the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Croatia prepared by the National Institute of Public Health, which shows that the risk of spreading Covid-19 infection in both countries is similar, and that there is currently no need for special restrictions on movement between the two countries, or for carrying out quarantine or self-isolation when crossing the border," the Slovenian government said in a press release on Monday night.
After announcing the end of the Covid-19 epidemic at the end of last week and announcing that it would in principle reopen the borders for citizens of EU member states and the Common European Economic Area, but with a preliminary assessment of the epidemiological situation in each country, Slovenia is working to reach similar agreements with other neighbouring countries.
The Slovenian Economic Minister, Zdravko Pocivalsek, said the goal was to agree with neighbouring countries with a similar epidemiological picture to reopen borders by early June, and on Monday he discussed the issue with Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjart.
According to the Slovenian minister, the goal is to determine the protocols for the border crossing regime and ensure all the conditions so that there is no threat to health, i.e. the possibility of the spread of coronavirus. Slovenia has also started talks on such a protocol with Austria.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is likely to open its borders to foreign nationals on June 1st, the Council of Ministers Chairman, Zoran Tegeltija, announced on Monday, but it is not yet clear under what conditions.
In a report on the website SrpskaInfo, Tegeltija said that the epidemiological situation in BiH is stable, so it is possible to continue easing the restrictive measures, including the border crossing regime, which have been closed to all foreigners since the epidemic was declared in March. This meant that foreigners entering the country had to undergo a mandatory two-week self-isolation.
The first step towards opening the border should follow this week, because a decision is expected according to which entry will be allowed for business reasons, and the condition for allowing crossing the BiH border for such persons will be an invitation letter and a negative test for coronavirus that will not be older than 48 hours.
"Business people from abroad will be able to cross the state border as early as this week, with mandatory compliance with all measures defined by health professionals," Tegeltija said, but did not clarify whether there would be any restrictions after 1 June.
The numbers of new cases in Croatia have generally been very low in recent days, and today only 2 new cases were reported over the past 24 hours across the whole country.
"There have been no deaths for three days, he stopped at 95, and there are 10 patients on ventilators," said the Minister of Health, Vili Beros, at the conference of the Civil Protection Directorate today.
Measures in nursing homes from today are also relaxed, in the sense that things can be brought and that residents can be visited. "We can afford to relax these measures a bit. So far we have no negative news from the field," said Krunoslav Capak, head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
He added that negotiations are underway with the Ministry of Education to relax some measures in schools as well.
It has been the centre of our attention for months, every day we would wait for the 2 o’clock press conference from the National Civil Protection Directorate to learn first-hand about the Covid-19 pandemic in Croatia. But as of today these press conferences are a thing of the past.
"After 95 press conferences for the next one, we will inform you in time when it will be," said the Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic today at the press conference. Adding that "There will no longer be regular press conferences of the National Civil Protection Headquarters."
After reporting on the spread of the infection to the public twice a day for some time, which was replaced by a press conference at 2 o’clock in April, the Headquarters first decided to take a break for the weekend, and now they have decided not to appear in front of journalists every day, but rather only when needed.
“Our epidemiological situation is good, in fact, very good. The headquarters of course monitors and will continue to monitor everything that is important for the Covid-19 epidemic. After 95 press conferences for the next conference we will inform you in time when it will be, but at this moment we do not know when it will be. Thank you very much, "said Minister Bozinovic.
A full eleven days have passed and there have been no new cases of Covid-19 detected in the entire Dubrovnik – Neretva County. According to currently available data in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
All the remaining findings from Saturday were negative, as are 22 samples taken on Sunday. And continuing in the positive news seven more people have made a full recovery.
A total of 118 people have been infected in the county since the pandemic began, with 97 making a total recovery and unfortunately 8 people have passed away. 2,676 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.
What are the procedures for crossing the Croatian border? Despite the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters, there is still ambiguity, and the recommendations can be interpreted differently, reports N1.
"Ten days ago, the decision to ban border crossings was changed. New categories of foreigners were allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia. These are primarily business visits or visits in the economic interest of the Republic of Croatia. In order to enter, they had to prove the purpose of their entry. Tourists at the border crossing must show police officers the reservation of hotels, apartments, etc. Otherwise, tourists cannot cross the border, " commented the Head of the Ministry of the Interior’s Border Administration to HRT.
Tourists at border crossings do not fill in any forms but receive a form with epidemiological instructions regarding social distance, hand washing, etc. And Kufner added that the border police are adapting to the new situation.
"We are looking for documentation about the place of accommodation and a phone number, so that they can be contacted in case of any infection or problem."
Kufner says that in the last 9 days there have been about 17,000 entries into Croatia. "There were traffic jams at some border crossings, especially in Istria and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. These are additional jobs that we have to check when each tourist enters," he says.
He adds that "there are no privileged countries" although in countries like the Czech Republic or Slovakia the epidemiological situation is more favourable than, for example, in Germany. But he added that “we treat everyone equally.”
"We are talking to colleagues every day, possibly if they or we have made some changes around the border crossing. Cooperation is at a good level. It is difficult to predict what will happen in the July or August, but we are ready to do the job,” he said.