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10th April 2020.
Croatia enters critical COVID-19 period

Zagreb, panorama
Zagreb, panprama na Jelečićev trg

Croatian Institute of Public Health director Krunoslav Capak said on Friday that Croatia had entered a critical period of the COVID-19 epidemic when it was necessary to carefully consider measures regarding
Easter visits and greetings.

Speaking at a press conference of the national civil protection authority, he reiterated that going to supermarkets and farmers’ markets must be in line with epidemiological recommendations. He said that if people in supermarkets started acting as though there was no epidemic, tighter measures would be imposed.

Capak said 11 staff and many residents of a nursing home in Split were infected with the virus and that there was one infection in a nursing home in the southern coastal town of Ploce and another one in the
northern town of Koprivnica. He added that new instructions had been defined to step up protection in
such facilities.

Speaking of Croatians who work abroad and are coming home for Easter, Capak said they would no
longer be allowed to leave Croatia without permission from epidemiologists and that they would require a certificate that their self-isolation period had ended in order to cross the border.

Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said that dealing with the epidemic depended on every citizen.

“People must accept that the times are not normal, aware that the health of their dearest ones and how soon we will come out of this crisis depends on their behaviour. Solidarity is the operative word in this
crisis. We have entered a critical period and how long it will last depends only on us.”

He and Health Minister Vili Beros said all staff engaged in the fight against COVID-19 who had given their utmost would be financially rewarded, although in line with financial possibilities.

Croatia reports 88 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 1 death, 12 recoveries

In the past 24 hours, 88 new COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in Croatia, 12 persons have recovered and one patient has died, the national civil protection authority said at the daily press conference on Friday.

The total number of COVID-19 patients stands at 1495, Health Minister Vili Beros said.

The Split fatality was a woman born in 1927 who suffered from numerous chronic conditions. She was a resident of a local nursing home in which the COVID-19 virus has been detected.

The number of fatalities now stands at 21 and the number of patients who have recovered at 231.

The average age of patients is 49 and for the first time, there are more female patients (50.2%).

Beros said 14,612 persons had been tested, including 932 over the past 24 hours, that 34 patients were on ventilators, 343 were hospitalised, 17 more than on Thursday, and that 921 were being treated at home.

Five staff members at Zagreb’s Psychiatric Hospital for Children test positive

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