If citizens adhere to the measures prescribed by the Headquarters, nothing dramatic will happen during Easter, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, told Croatian Radio this morning.
Krunoslav Capak also commented on the fact that the numbers are growing, going to 3,000 newly infected people a day, and that some scientists believe that with such numbers Croatia can expect a new lockdown.
"Every day we think about what we will do and how we will do it. On the one hand, we have a third wave that has hit our neighbouring countries and the EU. We have new variants of the virus, but on the other hand we are getting warmer weather, people will be more outdoors, windows will be opened, balcony doors will open, which then reduces the spread of the virus by aerosol," said Capak for Croatian Radio.
He added that if this growth of newly infected people continues and if hospitals continue to be filled, they will seriously consider returning some of the more restrictive measures.
When asked why the number of infected still so high, considering that we have been living under measures for more than a year, Capak answered. “This is a very contagious disease and the number of people who have survived it is still relatively small compared to people who are susceptible, which is why the virus continues to spread. Many times we epidemiologists wonder what, how and why these waves happen. Because we do everything we need to and properly, and the virus continues to spread. Sometimes we get depressed because we don’t know what to do and how to proceed, the virus always surprises us. But from a purely logical medical point of view, the virus will spread further and as fast as we give it a chance to.”
He also added that if the number of new cases of Covid-19 continue to grow that the Zagreb Arena could be activated “within a day or two,” to handle the overflow of new patients.