Over the past 24 hours 53 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across Croatia as the country seems to have found itself in the middle of a second wave of the virus. The last couple of days have seen the numbers of new cases continue to fall slightly after 140 cases were recorded a few days ago. So far in Croatia 3,775 people have been infected with Covid-19, stated the Minister of Heath, Vili Beros.
He added that as of yesterday there have been no deaths, there are 4 patients on a ventilator, and that at the current time Croatia has 132 people in hospital and 1,145 active cases.
“We continue to coexist with the virus, it is among us, we must be careful. We witnessed the easing of measures, the results were more than excellent, but since June 18 there has been an increase in the number of patients. We try to react by selectively prescribing measures that are consistent with events on the ground,” said Beros.
As of today protective face masks are obligatory in stores.
And at today’s press conference the Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, commented on the wearing of face masks that, “At the global level, we are faced with a new dynamic of virus spread, which is also felt in Croatia. The fact that we are extinguishing local hotspots is gratifying. There are measures that will have to be applied, such as the obligation to wear masks indoors, catering facilities, shops, in public transport. In the fall, they could face bigger challenges, perhaps more severe symptoms. We must use this period so that everyone acquires the necessary habits. In that sense, we decided to repeat these press conferences, which were very successful because they also serve to educate the public. The issue of wearing masks is an integral part of that education. Our basic approach is to keep the public informed. Big stores and shopping malls have their own security guards, so the enforcement of the face mask regulation isn’t a problem. Smaller shops are not allowed to serve anyone without a mask, there are not so many police or inspectors who can cover everything, that is why we appeal to the consciousness of citizens.”
He added that “Traders and caterers can call 112 or the police if a problem occurs. We have to get used to the new normal. Day by day, we will repeat everything that is important for citizens in order to reduce the number of patients, slow down the spread of the virus, all with the goal of keeping people healthy and to be as ready as possible for the autumn.”