The Croatian National Civil Protection Headquarters held a press conference this morning to announce new measures to combat the spread of Covid-19. Over the past few days the number of new cases of Covid-19 has risen drastically and has led to new Covid-19 measures, including guests to bars having to wear face masks.
The number of new cases over the past 24 hours in Croatia was lower than the past few days, with 181 new cases, however this number is usually less at the beginning of the week as fewer tests are held over the weekend.
The Croatian Interior Minister, Davor Bozinovic, said that “Today's number of 181 is not realistic because these are the results of testing that were conducted on Sunday, when the there is less testing, we will get an objective picture from Wednesday to Sunday, when everyone is working at full capacity.”
He also announced the new Covid-19 measures that will come into force from today. “We introduce the obligation to wear masks indoors, and where it is not possible to maintain a distance of two metres. Face masks or medical masks are mandatory to wear properly so that it covers the mouth and nose. Employees of health care institutions and visiting persons, social welfare institutions that provide accommodation services, drivers and other employees in means of transport, employees in shops, customers, employees in catering activities, guests in catering establishments except while consuming food and drink, have the obligation to wear face masks. An added that “Employees of social institutions and people who come to institutions, employees in service activities where contact is made, employees in offices where distance cannot be maintained, spectators at indoor sports competitions,” must all wear face masks.
The Minister also stated that “We introduce special recommendations for gatherings of more than 50 people - for professional and amateur art performances, cinema performances, screenings, funerals, weddings, exhibitions in museum galleries and other spaces. The organizers of such gatherings are obliged to request the consent of the county civil protection headquarters by e-mail no later than five days in advance.”
And the Minister concluded that “With these two decisions, we can reduce the spread of infection. We cannot predict the duration of the epidemic, the number of infected or the number of fatalities. But we can and should hope that science will produce a quality vaccine or medicine, but that is not yet the case. We call on everyone to be more patient, to be rational and show solidarity, that is the least that we can and should do as members of society.”