On the 19th of March ultra-restrictive measures in Croatia were introduced the initial plan and indeed announcement from the Civil Protection Directorate was that the measures would last for a month. However, with the 19th of April just days away there are no signs that the measures will be eased any time soon.
The measures to halt the spread of COVID-19 in Croatia are certainly rigorous, in fact experts at Oxford University recently stated that Croatia has the strictest regulations in the world. These strict regulations have certainly brought positive results, whilst other countries have dithered over locking down their populations and ultimately paid the price for this, the number of cases in Croatia has remained relatively low.
And now after all this time in shutdown the question on everyone’s lips is when will we be able to return to some form of normal life, or at least a post-coronavirus normal life, whatever that may bring. But there is no sign that measures will be relaxed any time soon.
The Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, commented today at the regular press conference of the Civil Protection Directorate, on whether and when the measures would be eased.
“As we have said many times, we analyse on a daily basis the condition caused by the spread of coronaviruses in the Republic of Croatia. On the one hand, analyses of all measures taken to protect health are being carried out, and then the economic implications and then everything that makes life after the fight against the coronavirus is over. As we have said many times, it takes us a while, the profession usually insists on 5 to 7 days in a row of a reduction in the number of new patients, before we can even think about easing regulations.”
Adding that, “We are aware that most of the measures were adopted on the 19th of March. At this point, it is realistic to say that it is not yet time to loosen the measures because we are holding ourselves in this double-digit figure and that, for this reason, the Republic of Croatia is probably unique. The Republic of Croatia has not allowed exponential growth and we are taking it all in consideration. We must maintain a positive epidemiological situation. Any concession also means an increase in the number of patients, as shown by all analyses, this is recorded in the documents of all relevant organizations. We have to balance all the time. When it comes to health, we can still talk about Croatia being very effective in dealing with this crisis,” Bozinovic said.