Croatia COVID-19 Health, Travel & Stats Live Updates May 5, 2020

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May 5, 2020 – A Croatia COVID-19 overview of the latest health, travel and stats news on the coronavirus crisis, with live updates in English, powered by

There are currently 2112 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 12 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1560 patients have recovered. Eighty-three people have died. 14 patients are on ventilators. There are 469 active cases.

You can now track the progress of the curve of cases and recoveries on the official homepage. (You can also follow it into the English version here, which has less content but covers the essential information).

Note that is now mapping cases by county instead of town/city. will update their map after the 14:00 CET daily press conference.

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Index also has a very useful breakdown of cases by town and city. Please note that these numbers may not correspondent to the total number, as the locations of some cases are usually confirmed later. We will update this information as we get it. 

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Index has now added two more stat counters – unemployment numbers and a more detailed look at the curve with new cases by day. 

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You can see many more detailed charts regarding COVID-19 in Croatia on the website.

More than 248,310 people are dead from the virus, which originated in Wuhan City, China. Over 3,566,979 cases have been confirmed globally. The USA has the highest number of recorded cases (1,188,421) as well as the highest number of deaths (68,602) deaths.

UPDATED: May 5, 2020 – 08:00 CET – With apologies in advance if the translations are not perfect. With very limited resources and plenty of pressure, we are trying to get the updates done as quickly as possible, so a little help from Google Translate is necessary. We thank you for your understanding. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to lack of resources, rather than the live feed service so far, we will be updating this page in the morning by 08:30, then again at 11:30, then real-time updates of the press conference at 14:00, then again at 18:00. We thank you for your understanding.

17:00: The City of Rijeka has announced that all tenants of city-owned business premises that have not been banned from work but who suffer damage due to traffic reductions will be able to apply for a rent reduction or exemption. 

16:40: The Executive Board of the Croatian Medical Association (HLZ) has decided to award “Ladislav Rakovac” medals to doctors members of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia for special merits in preventing the spread of coronavirus infection.

The “Ladislav Rakovac” medal and medal honors Minister of Health Vili Beroš, Director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health Krunoslav Capak, Director of the Clinic for Infectious Diseases Dr. Fran Mihaljević Alemka Markotić and Director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine Maja Grba Bujević.

“Members of the National Civil Protection HQ, Distinguished Colleagues, have earned high recognition by the Croatian Medical Association for their special merits in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preserving the health of the people, and achieved special results in the development of health care in Croatia,” HLZ said in a statement. 

16:20: Markotic says no drug or vaccine for the virus will be 100 percent tested by the fall. 

16:10: A man from Split who was arrested yesterday afternoon on Put Vrborana Street after a half-hour chase in front of police officers in Split has not yet been brought to the ODO Split Police Department on Tuesday until 2 pm and the reason is awaiting the results of the test on COVID-19.

Recall that a police chase happened in Split yesterday afternoon. The chase lasted about half an hour, with fugitives fleeing all over town.

The fugitive shot down a police officer on a motorcycle.

Unofficially, a fugitive hit a police car at the Marjan Tunnel. Witnesses said the fugitive was fleeing the entire city.

The chase finale appears to have taken place on Vrboran Street in Kila.  At one point, the fugitive left the car and leaped over walls and railings.

According to unofficial information, the fugitive ran across the meadow not far to the HEP facility, where he was caught by several police officers and arrested around 4:20 pm. Also according to unofficial information, two people have been arrested at the moment of the escape. The driver and co-driver of a Passat were fleeing police.

15:30: When will people be able to visit seniors in homes? Here’s what Capak. More on Index

15:20: Changing slogans is published as important information at the end of today’s National Civil Protection Headquarters press conference.

The slogan “Stay Home” goes down in history today.

The new motto is “Let’s stay responsible.” 

15:10: Findings by a dozen health care providers who have been in contact with a patient with COVID-19 who have been treated at the KBC in Firule for the past 15 days should be completed by tonight, Deputy Director of the Split Hospital Anton Marovic told reporters. 

14:55: In the past 24 hours in Koprivnica-Križevci County, another person was infected with the coronavirus, and it is a contact with an infected person, said County Chief of Civil Protection Ratimir Ljubić on Tuesday.

At Koprivnica General Hospital, an elderly person from the Koprivnica Nursing Home passed away who was coronavirus positive and suffered from several serious illnesses before the infection.

At present, 42 persons are infected in Koprivnica-Križevci County.

14:50: Interior Minister and Head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Bozinovic announced Tuesday that sailing hulls longer than 24 meters into Croatian ports are allowed.

Bozinovic specified that yachts can sail to berths in nautical ports and ports are open to public traffic.

 In addition, yachts are allowed to enter the shipyards for overhaul or repair, Bozinovic said at a news conference at the National Headquarters.

14:00: National Civil Protection Headquarters press conference: 

There are currently 2112 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 12 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1560 patients have recovered. Eighty-three people have died. 14 patients are on ventilators. There are 469 active cases.

“We have 11 new patients, a total of 2112. In the last 24 hours, we tested 933. 217 are hospitalized. There are 14 on ventilators, 1560 in total have recovered. Three died, one in Split born in 1929, one in Koprivnica born in 1926 and one in Dubrovnik born in 1936. We have a total of 83 fatalities.”

New decision

“We allowed some yachts to sail in Croatia.”

The following are questions from journalists

About weddings

“We have expanded the rule, family members can attend, it would not be good to have one hundred people … You cannot hold wedding ceremonies. Now relatives can come, and they must keep social distance and other measures. We did not allow festivities. And catering facilities are closed,” Capak replied.

About hospital examinations

“We keep track of all the services we have done on a daily basis. The results of this morning show that we are going in the right direction. We talked this morning, there are crowds at triage, today they have already provided more entrances, and we will include an even more active private healthcare system. They are taking in all those contracted patients they had under contract with the HZJZ. If needed, other services will be agreed. We don’t think chaos will come, we are all here. Together we will try to prevent it. We will take measures day by day. The health system worked for all those who needed it, for example, chronic and malignant patients, dialysis … there were lots of health care services, not just emergency ones. everyone in the next two months should do their tests. Family medicine doctors now have to triage and decide how to send patients for tests,” commented Grba Bujevic.

The French had the corona back in December. What about us?

“These are common situations when you have a new disease. It was the same for HIV, it existed before it was recognized. I read as much as you do in France, it sounds epidemiologically possible. This is the stage where all the laboratories in the world will search our bases and see if there were any positive ones. And we will investigate that. We were able to monitor epidemiologically, we did tests for almost 20 days and there were no positives. But it is theoretically possible that someone was positive with us before 25.2,” said Markotic.

Vaccine or cure by fall?

“If we mention that the second wave should be in the fall, there is a lot of research, 71 vaccines are being tested. A lot of drugs, none of them got an efficacy rating, a few days ago, Remdeseivir got it. It has some side effects and some positive effects. Certainly, by fall, they will not be able to get the vaccine or drug tested to be declared 100 percent harmless or effective. There are three stages after which we could say that we had a safe and effective drug or vaccine. In the normal procedure 3, 5, 10 years, in the accelerated procedure one to two years,” she added.

Corona at Firule

“We know of this patient who is on the positive list today, and a few days ago we had a positive nurse from that department. There was a virus transmission that made it difficult for that department to work because many people must be in isolation and patients had to be relocated. It was discovered that there were not too many of these contacts. I would say that in this case the situation is under control. Their contacts will be processed, they will be tested. I do not know how many patients are in self-isolation,” Capak replied.

About sport

“We are in constant contact. We had a meeting with the Central Sports Office today. We agreed on their order of priorities, we said what our priorities are. We don’t know about the competitions yet and have not thought about it. I will get a decision soon.

As for the recreationalists, we opened playgrounds yesterday, so we can do recreational sports on the football fields. All suggestions are welcome, we cannot know all the activities about how the training is conducted. Yesterday, let’s say the community of fitness center owners and I received a very qualitative proposal to consider, but we don’t know the date because we have to stick to the stages,” Capak said.

About the students

“The university dormitories have to be told about the opening of the dormitories. The recommendations are still valid. I don’t know how it will be organized with students who have to practice. We have provided a framework under which this can be maintained,” Capak replied.

About playgrounds 

“We were unable to communicate that instruction. Hygiene, social distance are paramount. It’s hard to come up with instructions for children’s playgrounds. I hope we publish those instructions today,” Capak said.

“All the playgrounds are open, they can recreationally do their sports on those playgrounds,” he added.

About nursing home visits

“Homes have not been able to arrange visits, but outdoor visits could be allowed. We are still fighting to keep the corona out of the homes. We understand that this is very important and frustrating that they cannot be seen. We will talk about it.”

Testing instructions for patients

“All of the recommendations will change as the epidemiological situation changes. As we reinforce certain things, we will loosen them. That no one expects to receive instructions for every situation for every patient, medicine is creative, it requires a lot of knowledge … Measures that we are going to prescribe will not be much more than the standards they normally have to protect themselves,” Capak added,

What about elections?

“A very difficult question. We have not discussed it yet. There are a number of activities here, from pre-election rallies to voting … The epidemiological situation should be favorable. For example, the epidemiological situation is favorable. Tomorrow we expect a smaller number again,” Capak said.

About schools and kindergartens

“There are questions for the government and the ministry. There is great dissatisfaction with our instructions. But I would say that the dissatisfaction was even before the corona. We provided the epidemiological framework and the rest was answered by the ministry,” Capak replied.

Is lack of equipment and staffing too little to blame for the virus invading nursing homes?

“Employment standards and systematization and protective equipment are not the job of this headquarters. There are nursing home founders who set the standards for employees, we define this framework and have tried to make it to protect the most vulnerable. And how the protective equipment is used and what that equipment is can be seen on our website. We cannot solve infrastructure problems,” Capak replied.

“Let’s stay responsible!”

“We must not forget all the instructions of the epidemiologists and headquarters, in order for our situation to be good, we must continue to follow all instructions, and perhaps start with a new motto – Let’s remain responsible,” Bozinovic said.

13:45: The Ministry of Health informed us that it finally sent an inspection report to the police, according to which professional failures were not committed in the Home for the elderly and infirm in Split.

13:40: CroatianTeachers Union has sent an appeal to Plenkovic, Divjak and Capak demanding that schools not be opened until all necessary prerequisites are met. 

13:35: Osijek Headquarters: Avoid contact sports, we are waiting for instructions on how to use the playground. 

13:26: No new patients in Brod Posavina area for 19 days.

13:00: A total of 117 samples were tested in the laboratories of the Clinical Hospital Center Osijek and the Public Health Institute of the OBZ, one of which was positive. This is a person from Gat. The total number of patients in the county since the start of the pandemic is now 130.

12:39: In the last 24 hours in Varaždin County, one new case was recorded, and one new person recovered. So far, 47 people have been infected, and 31 of them have recovered. There are 13 people still undergoing treatment at the Varaždin General Hospital and the “Dr. Fran Mihaljević” in Zagreb, three people from our area are still being treated. Statistically, there are 4 more people in Varaždin County who have only their registered place of residence here.

“The newly infected person is a middle-aged male, in good general condition and without symptoms. Since he returned from abroad on Friday, he was already in a state of self-isolation, and the COVID-19 infection had already been confirmed in the passenger. and he was sent for testing, which resulted in a positive result. One person was put under the measure of self-isolation on behalf of the new infection. Due to the fact that the hospital system was reactivated from precautionary measures this week, additional tests will be carried out, so that 82 people have been tested in the past 24 hours, and thus, a total of 1569 people so far,” said Varaždin County Chief of Civil Protection Staff Robert Vugrin. 

12:27: There are no new cases in Vukovar-Srijem

12:15: According to the data of the Zagreb County Institute of Public Health in the territory of Zagreb County, 129 people are coronavirus positive. Compared to yesterday, this is the same number, which means that there are no new patients in Zagreb County for seven days in a row, and five more people have been cured. So far, a total of 87 people have been cured and four have died.

12:00: The City of Zagreb has one newly infected person. A total of 468, they said at the press conference.

11:50: According to the NZJZ SDZ report, out of a total of 152 tested tests from the area of Split-Dalmatia County, 5 were newly diagnosed, from Split 1, Sinj 2, Solin 1 and Dicmo 1 (private home for the elderly and infirm). Compared to yesterday, another 18 people were cured of the virus and a total of 317 people have been cured so far. Of the newly infected persons, one person is a patient of KBC Split who has been tested for possible contact with an infected KBC employee.

According to a report from KBC Split, one person, 91 years old, has passed, and was a resident of the nursing home in Split on Vukovarska Street. In addition to several serious chronic illnesses, the person was also positive for COVID-19

11:13: “Such situations have already happened in other hospitals in Croatia. We know that even the entire wards were closing down, including hospitals,” Split Hospital Director Julije Meštrovic told Radio Split.

10:55: Šibenik-Knin County also has no new cases. 62 people have recovered.

10:40: Karlovac County has no new patients, and no infected patients at Karlovac hospital anymore. All infected are treated at home.

10:10: A Split doctor in an interview with N1 Television revealed details about an infected patient.

“Epidemiologists are on the field, swabs were taken. The situation is not as dramatic as first-time reports. Swabs from 50 people, including doctors and nurses and patients, have been taken. The patient has been in hospital for some 15 days. There is a possibility that he came infected without showing any symptoms,” said the doctor.

9:50: After almost a month and a half of decommissioning, the new decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters in Pula has reopened children’s playgrounds, according to the city’s Castrum Pula 97 company, which takes care of 67 playgrounds in 16 local committees in Pula.

8:47: Maja Grba Bujevic also revealed that a private system would help if she couldn’t handle the public health system.

“I ask patients to be patient, they will all get their appointment. I pray that if they have any symptoms not to come for an appointment as it would not be good for the virus to enter the hospital system. We have given ourselves a 2-month deadline to resolve any backlog at hospitals,” she added.

8:37: Maja Grba Bujevic is a guest on N1 Television. She says she is glad that yesterday there were no major problems and crowds in hospitals. “The continuation of the whole story is up to us. First we have to see what we got from the first phase, we’ll see that these days. Then we can think of further measures. The virus is still there, and we have to be very careful,” she added.

“You know what started last week … We moved a lot on 1.5. A lot of people came to Croatia. The numbers today and tomorrow will be the first indicators, and this week we will release activities that are in close physical contact. If the numbers are bigger, it will be first to see where and why, if these are close contacts of known people then there is no reason to worry and the third phase may go normal. she commented.

Opening borders

“I still think that we need to remain disciplined, to have an excellent situation with us. When the situation is good in our country, it is easier to watch our neighbors grow in numbers. Slovenia has had good numbers for two days, in Austria this number is relatively large. the working environment of a Virovitica man who came from Germany who was ill was 5 coronavirus patients, the virus easily crosses the border, “she commented.

8:10: There are no new patients in the area of ​​Virovitica-Podravina County. 

8:20: A message to the HDZ Director at the Split nursing home. “Scaricic killer”: More on Index

8:00: Boris Jokic, former head of the curricular reform project, once again commented on politicians and their decision to shift the responsibility for returning children to their parents. More on Index

07:40: Some of the latest TCN articles:

Split Ambasador Hotel Opening Delayed by Corona: “We’ll Open Before Christmas”

HTZ Hungary Director: Croatia is Top Pick for Hungarians Wanting to Travel Abroad

Hvala Hrvatska: Expats Share Video Thanks for Keeping Croatia Safe

Croatian Chamber of Commerce Seeking to Relax Measures for Driving Schools

07:30: Slobodna Dalmacija announces that the virus has entered the Vascular ward of Split hospital in Firule. Everyone in contact has been put in self-isolation. More on Index.

06:05: The new numbers will be announced at the regular press conference at 14:00. 

06:00: Welcome to the TCN daily update on COVID-19. We start the day with 2101 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 5 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1522 patients have recovered. Eighty people have died. 15 patients are on ventilators. There are 499 active cases.

(Live updates provided by Index)

Entry into Republic of Croatia

As of midnight on March 19, 2020; crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia is temporarily restricted. Croatian citizens and residents will be allowed to return to Croatia, which means that they may go to the country where they work and reside and must follow the instructions and measures of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) upon their return. These measures went into effect at 00:01 on March 19, 2020 and are valid for 30 days. More information and exceptions here.

For the latest Croatia travel advice in these uncertain times, click here.

Social Distancing Measures Implemented

Also as of March 19, 2020; it is compulsory to strictly adhere to anti-epidemic measures and strict social distance measures. A strict measure of social distance requires avoiding close personal contact at a distance of at least:

  • Two (2) meters indoors
  • One (1) meter outdoors

The anti-epidemic measures required according to this decision include a ban on holding all public events, gatherings of more than 5 people in one place and the suspension of all retail and trade activities. EXCEPTIONS and details can be found here. These measures were strengthened today March 21, 2020. Residents are being ordered not to leave home except to get food or medicine. 

Total Slovenia News & Total Montenegro News Updates

  • COVID-19 in Slovenia – here.
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Live World Coronavirus Updates

  • Live world updates from CNN here.
  • Live world updates from The Guardian here.
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World Health Organization Coronavirus Updates

  • Live updated international map tracking spread of coronavirus from Johns Hopkins CSSE here.
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Croatian Health Organization Coronavirus Updates

  • Live updates from the Croatian Institute of Public Health (daily updates at 15:00 CET in Croatian) here.
  • Live updates from Croatian Government at their dedicated website here and their Facebook page here.

Other Croatia Resources for Updates, Information and Assistance

  • COVID-19 INFO CROATIA – A Facebook group with updates and information in English here.
  • Jedni za druge – A Facebook group of volunteers who do deliveries in several cities here.

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UPDATES from May 4, 2020

14:00: Cases by county:

        Virovitica-Podravina – 0 new. Total 9
        Šibenik-Knin – 0 new
        Zadar – 0 new.
        Primorje Gorski Kota – 0 new. Total 82
        Istria – 0 new. Total 90. All cured.
        Osijek-Baranja – 4 new. Total 129
        Vukovar-Srijem – 0 new. Total 40
        Požega-Slavonia – 0 new. Total 3. All cured
        Lika-Senj – 0 new. Total 22
        Zagreb – 0 new. Total 129
        City of Zagreb – 1 new. Total 467.
        Split-Dalmatia – 1 new. 500 in total.
        Sisak-Moslavina – 1 new. Total 33. 28 cured
        Varaždin – 0 new. Total 50
        Bjelovar-Bilogora – 0 new. Total 10
        Koprivnica-Križevci – 0 new. Total 70
        Međimurje – 0 new. Total 8
        Karlovac – 0 new. Total 30
        Dubrovnik-Neretva – 0 new. Total 112
        Brod-Posavina – 0 new. Total 22
        Krapina-Zagorje – 0 new. Total 133

15:30: Hairdressers, Pedicurists & Beauty Salons Work From Today: “Phones Have Not Stopped Ringing” More on Index

15:14: Alemka Markotic commented on whether we were ready for the second wave. More on Index

14:35: “When the first cases came up, we reacted quickly, establishing diagnostics quickly. The Ministry of Health responded immediately by creating plans, we started preparing measures, training, purchasing equipment.

Today, five months later, after learning that there is a new virus, many have downplayed the danger. The next is that all the facilities have been prepared. If we continue to stick to the measures in this way, then we will be ready and more prepared than some other parts of the world,” Markotic said when asked about the second wave of the epidemic.

14:30: The Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) on Monday asked the Civil Protection Headquarters to relax measures applied to drivers in international road freight transport, as well as to start driving schools.

At the request of the members of the Road Freight Association, the HGK proposes that quarantine and home isolation measures for international drivers be carried out under the same conditions as drivers in domestic transport.

According to the regulations currently in force, the driver must not leave the house or the accommodation in which they carry out self-isolation, except in the case of an invitation from the employer to carry out the transport, HGK said in a statement.

On their return from a foreign country, a new cycle of self-isolation begins to flow, and it may take up to a month, in some cases more, to change the cycle of driving and staying in isolation in that regime.

HGK Vice President for Construction, Transport and Communications Mirjana Cagalj said drivers had no symptoms of illness, so the Chamber believes that they should be allowed to go to the store and pharmacy and have a limited stay outside the home, as well as other citizens.

14:23: “A report from a returnee from Germany has arrived and he is positive for the SARS-Cov-2 virus. We now have five patients with this contagious disease in the Sisak-Moslavina County area,” Staff said.

14:10: Due to the development of the coronavirus pandemic and the need for accommodation, since March, the Zagreb Arena has been reorganized into a hospital for coronavirus sufferers. Today, the assembly of 300 beds out of 750 in the Arena space has begun, and they are being prepared to be transported to the Civil Protection Warehouse.

The cleaning and laying of the beds is performed by the members of the State Civil Protection Unit of the Zagreb Civil Protection Directorate.

14:00: National Civil Protection Headquarters press conference:

Bozinovic congratulated firefighters on their day. “We thank them for their successful work, their heart, and their courage,” he added.

Beros spoke:

“The 70th is the day since the appearance of the corona. We have 5 new patients. A total of 2101 cases. One person died born in 1960, who was also a chronic patient. There are 15 patients on ventilators. We have 1522 recoveries, 33 more than yesterday. From Osijek-Baranja 3 cases, from Koprivnica-Križevci 1, and from Split-Dalmatia 1.”

About the measures

“Today the second phase began, and the health care system is back. Today we will announce 4 decisions regarding measures for weddings, funerals, opening sports and children’s playgrounds and limiting retention.

There will be a wider family at the funerals, but all with instructions. For weddings, the circle of people who may be present extends from the immediate family to the family and the witnesses, the ban on holding wedding ceremonies still remains. We will make a decision on how to play sports and use playgrounds. Everything will be clear from the instructions.

In regards to the measure of strict restraint in public places, it will not be extended.”

About returnees, where will the tests be done?

“We have noticed developments that do not contribute to our epidemiological picture. Our goal is to increase security and the experts will find a legal framework,” Beros said.

“The testing will not take effect yet. The issue of crossing the border is complex,” Bozinovic added.

About schools

“It is difficult for me to answer that question. Our intention was for us to protect our health, we are not Sweden, we have 3 or 4 generations in the house. How will this be done, how will hygiene be conducted if there is no soap, we cannot answer these questions. The basic direction of our instructions is very similar to those in other countries, they are a little more detailed. If we did not succeed, we will try to clarify, we also have a ministry there. We are behind the measures,” Capak said.

About truck drivers

“We are aware of no one’s situation as it was. It is certain that some businesses are more affected than others. We are taking care of that. This applies to health and the police as well … When it comes to truck drivers, we have regular contact with their representatives and exchange views. Tomorrow we will have another meeting. We are aware of the problems and difficulties. They are one of the essentials in this crisis. We are grateful to them, we are counting on them. We will democratically have the right to protest, I am sure they recognize that they have an interlocutor in this headquarters and that we are trying to find a solution that is easier for them, but due to the fact that they come from an area where the negative image is we’re going to have to put it all on the table.”

Does Croatia have plans for a second wave of infection?

“Croatia managed to defend itself in the first wave when there was nothing but knowledge and quick reaction. When the first cases came up, we recognized immediately and reacted quickly, establishing all the epidemic measures. Today, some 5 months after the world found out about this new virus and some have ignored it and laughed at it, we did not, so we can be pleased with what has been done. Next, all the capacities have been prepared, but if we all stick together to a certain extent, our people who have been extremely obedient, you media who have conveyed all communication, if all goes well, we will be ready.”

Headmaster of a school calling for children not to attend schools?

“We have no information on this so I cannot comment. We will try to consult and see what it is about.”

Opening of music and extracurricular activities?

“We have are relaxing measures in phases. We cannot release everything at once. We have finished recommendations for driving schools and music schools, this will be agreed at the headquarters. We must first see what the situation is, what is happening. For now, the epidemiological picture is extremely favorable. We have to wait a while. “

About competitions

“There is a classification of sports on the level of contact, we have to be very careful about returning to sports and competitions. We are in contact with SDUS, they have prepared the next phase, tomorrow we will have a meeting where we will consider this possibility. We’ve allowed sports in open spaces and open fields. Priorities are not decided by epidemiologists.”

On the reactivating healthcare

“We contacted the directors, they all said that the patient response was slightly lower. Since mid-last week, calls began, and crowds we did not expect appeared.

There were crowds at triage checkpoints because you know, triage itself is essential. It took a little longer in some places, but in most institutions, it was organized in an adequate manner. I can’t talk about the scope.”


“Some counties made it possible for the islands to be treated like the rest of the counties, some asked for them to be separated. After that, some counties asked for everything to be opened, however, the fact is that we have repeatedly said that that system, given the situation, will be further evaluated in the week ahead, so that the system will experience a change in terms of liberalization. “

About the nursing home, will the report be public? All the witness statements. What about the director?

“About Split. Our inspections have been made. The finding is addressed to those who need to know. The ODO in Split has launched an investigation, let the institutions do their job.”

Serology testing?

“I can’t tell you about the money, because it is not under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health. Serology is the future, but we have a problem. There are not enough quality serology tests. It is a much bigger problem if we get false results than not test it. Antigen tests, they are even better because they can prove you have the virus right now. Serology can be falsely negative. We are working hard to get tests done,” Beros said. “We need to distinguish between several types of PCS, antigenic and serology.”

“Quick tests were obtained to try, some private companies bought such tests, some people bought privately. Their reliability was very low, now it’s slightly higher, but they can only be used for guidance. I’m talking about tests we don’t use now for diagnostics, because with PCR we get a very early result, and the serology tests that HZJZ bought are tests that will help us determine how many people in our population were in contact with the virus. We got 100 of these tests, we bought a thousand, one hundred tests cost about 4500 kuna.”

About masks. Why aren’t they compulsory like in other countries?

“Every mask is good. We have already said. Plain linen, cotton, protects against the spread of droplets and aerosols and the recommendation is to use them. They are widely available and not expensive and anyone can get to them. It turns out that we have a problem, that a new focal point is opening, we can prescribe a stricter measure, which is an obligation to wear masks,” Capak said.

“I am sure that in the coming period this awareness of the citizens will help to prevent the spread of the virus. We are mostly talking about recommendations and this has proven to be right. We are counting on Croatian citizens, so far we are counting on the future,” Bozinovic said.

14:00: There are no new cases in Koprivnica-Križevci. So far, a total of 70 have been infected with the coronavirus, five more have recovered, so the total number is 23.

13:55: In the past 4 days, there are no new coronavirus patients in Krapina-Zagorje County.

On May 1, 2 and 3, a total of 193 samples were taken, 128 samples were received by May 3 and all were negative. The good news is that today, another 65 samples have arrived and are all negative, that is, no coronavirus positive patients.

So far, 72 people have been treated, 65 cases are active. 1830 swabs have been taken so far, and 59 people are currently in self-isolation. There were no violations of self-isolation measures during May 3 and 4, and 13 people were found leaving the county without a pass.

13:12: According to the available data in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, there are no new cases in the last 24 hours. 

13:10: The statement that parents have to sign if they want to send their kids to school. More on Index

12:42: No new cases in Varaždin County, so today the overall numbers remain unchanged. A total of 46 people are infected, with 30 recoveries. There are still 13 people undergoing treatment at the Varaždin General Hospital, and at the Infectious Diseases Clinic “Dr. Fran Mihaljević” in Zagreb is currently treating three people in their area. Statistically, there are 4 more people in Varaždin County who have only their registered place of residence here.

12:20: Brod-Posavina has no new cases of infection. Međimurje and Lika-Senj County have no new cases.

12:07: City of Zagreb press conference: 78 people were tested, one new positive. Self-isolation measures have taken place since. There are a total of 5069 in self-isolation measures. We have 9 more recovered, a total of 378.

12:05: Karlovac County has no new cases

11:51: According to Split-Dalmatia County, out of 97 tests performed in the Split-Dalmatia County area, there is only one new case from Solin. The person is from self-isolation. Compared to yesterday, another 10 people were cured and a total of 299 people were cured in the area of ​​Split-Dalmatia County.

According to a report from KBC Split, one female 60 years old, a resident of the nursing home in Makarska, has passed away. In addition to several serious chronic diseases, she was also positive for COVID-19.

146 health professionals are in self-isolation. 80 people were hospitalized. 8 people are on ventilators, 5 from Split-Dalmatia County and 3 from Šibenik-Knin County. 11 people are quarantined at the Hotel Zagreb on Duilovo.

So far, 500 cases have been reported in Split-Dalmatia County.

11:50: Zadar County records 9th day with no new cases

11:44: According to the data of the Institute for Public Health of the Zagreb County in the area of ​​Zagreb County, 129 people were coronavirus positive. Compared to yesterday, it is the same number, which means that there are no new patients in Zagreb County for six days in a row, and one person has been cured. So far, 82 people have been cured and four have died.

11:41: To date, there are no newly infected COVID-19 patients in Sisak-Moslavina County. Out of thirty-two patients from the Sisak-Moslavina County area, four more are positive. In the isolation unit of General Hospital „Dr. Ivo Pedisic “Sisak there are two patients and the others are undergoing home treatment. One patient who has recovered from the disease is still on sick leave and will return to full-time work after meeting epidemiological criteria.

11:35: Zagreb Arena is in the process of being dismantled.

11:09: Šibenik-Knin has no new cases.

11:02: Vukovar-Srijem County has no new cases. 24 people were cured. They said they were expecting directions for recreationists throughout the day.

11:01: The Osijek-Baranja region has 4 new positive cases. Contacts of previously infected patients. They have 129 total cases and 93 recoveries.

10:59: Zadar County has no new cases today.

10:58: “The situation is changing for us day by day, but as things stand now, cruisers will not be here until June 30,” Dubrovnik Port Authority Director Blaz Pezo told Dubrovnik Daily.

10:43: After two new cases were reported yesterday, there are no new infections in Virovitica-Podravina County today.

10:40: Trials have begun today. A hearing was thus held in Osijek in case of arson.

10:31: Press conference of Primorje-Gorski kotar County Headquarters

“We have no new patients for two weeks, we have no more patients in Crikvenica and as of today, there are no more passes within the county. We still need to be cautious because the virus is there,” said Komadina.

10:28: Hairdressers had to get well organized, make a list of their clients so that all those who were eagerly waiting could get in line. Numerous artisans opened their doors. More on Index

10:27: Rijeka Doctor: Many headquarters measures were logical, but banning work on Sundays …. That doesn’t make sense. More on Index

10:13: Istria County still has no new patients! There are no active cases.

9:45: HZJZ published recommendations on compulsory vaccination, here’s what should not be delayed. More on Index

9:39: It is the 34th day in Požega-Slavonia County without new cases, and as of April 22, there is not a single confirmed infection in the county. Currently, there are 314 people in self-isolation and 478 people tested in total. 

9:33: Pursuant to the decision of the National Civil Protection Headquarters on 24 April 2020, regulating working hours in trade activities during the coronavirus epidemic, the Zagreb market operated by the Zagreb Market Branch, extends hours on weekdays and Saturdays. More on Index

9:30: The City of Zagreb has an application for ordering medical examinations in elementary schools and colleges. With the application, you can order a child screening for elementary school enrollment in order to comply with all necessary epidemiological measures.

You can also use the same application to report medical examinations for high school students who, when enrolling in their chosen study, must include a physician’s certificate.

9:20: Rijeka Immunologist: We still have to watch, we can expect an increase in the number of those infected. More on Index

9:09: Bjelovar-Bilogora County has no new cases for the 19th day.

9:06: From the morning, the citizens rushed to the hairdressers, who had not worked for more than a month. One Zagreb hairdresser expects a one-third drop in traffic compared to the time before the epidemic.

8:45: In the second phase of tram transportation, tram line 12 was launched today and line 5 returns to its normal route, ZET said.

8:31: In an interview with HRT, one cosmetologist announced a price hike. She says she left prices the same in this first month of opening, but that it is getting more expensive to transport products and that she will probably have to increase prices in the next month. “I believe prices will increase in due course,” she said.

08:20: Some of the latest TCN articles:

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08:12: Water polo players from Mladost return to the pool today and start training after more than a month’s break.

07:59: “This is a new moment. But I still urge everyone to stick to the measures. Keep your distance out there, wash your hands, while exercising outside, disinfect that place, who can even have masks on the face when exercising near others.” said Trut

07:47: “We are very pleased with these measures. We hairdressers have learned to disinfect, gloves … Everything is available to us on the market but at double the prices. Alcohol was before 40 kuna, now it is 90 kuna. Most of us will not raise prices because many people are out of work.” Ljiljana Subasic, a beautician and pedicurist, and President of the Hairdresser’s Guild told Croatian Radio.

“It is not necessary to dramatize, only to follow general instructions,” said Maja Grba Bujevic.

About the statements

“We want to protect our clients. If a client does not want to sign a statement, what can we do? This statement can be signed by someone from self-isolation. We will protect ourselves as we can, but if we get sick our salon closes. How can we be legally protected?” asked Subasic

“As far as protecting the people themselves, that’s why all measures have been put in place. It is impossible for everyone to have a base of people in self-isolation, this cannot be released, it is a violation of privacy. So we have introduced measures. You need to see if the client is coughing, or his nose is running. ..  Everyone will have masks, some plexiglasses in between. As for signing, it is to be known in case something happens. If it isn’t signed, if an infection occurs we will publicly call the people who were in that salon to come forward,” said Grba Bujevic.

07:41: About infected healthcare professionals

“303 healthcare professionals are currently infected with the virus. This is data from last night,” said Grba Bujevic.

“Each patient will undergo handwashing, disinfection. His temperature will be measured. Their belongings, such as handbags will have to be disinfected, shoes will need to be cleaned. This will be done before entering the hospital,” she said.

Luetic: Triage is the key

“We’ve been doing our job all this time. It’s not just the COVID disease we’ve dealt with over the last two months. The clinic I work at has been 80 percent full. Now we’re introducing this part we call a regular or cold program, Triage is extremely important.” He did not have to perform certain procedures, now he needed to do this. All that is needed is detailed conduct in order to protect our patients and our staff.

07:34: How will patients go to hospitals?

“We have intervened in staffing conditions and during working hours and in local conditions in order to be able to function. Now we have to slowly get everything back, we will not be able to return quickly everywhere, we cannot restore the system ad hoc in the time that was before. By May 21, we may have been full to make the respiratory center in Križine operational, we have transformed the whole building into that … Križine will remain in operation for as long as we have corona. Everything that has taken place there will have to be transferred to Firule, we also have ill health workers, some are in self-isolation, so they can’t work … The system has not worked so far only for emergency services, for example hemodialysis has worked … It will take patience,” said Grba Bujevic.

Luetic on the return of the system

“The system should be restored slowly. The amount of medical equipment needed to be secured. Almost 270 employees were infected with the virus. All possible measures should be taken in hospitals and primary care. The possibility of virus penetration in health care facilities should be reduced.

From the field comes various information about the equipment. But in the last week or so the situation has been a bit better. Part of the business was otherwise working in the afternoon. It’s not something new, it’s always about human capacity. There are a few people in some places, where this may not be something new in terms of organization.

07:32: According to the reports we have, with about 3,000 detours and 2,000 inspections, there are certain minor violations that have been remedied on the spot. For the most part, everyone is adhering to the measure, said Damir Trut, deputy chief of staff.

“I agree with him. There were no special events, there were some thumbnails of non-adherence measures – a little gathering, a little barbecue, but we warned everyone. Compliments for the first week,” Maja Grba Bujevic said on Croatian radio.

06:15:  The latest travel advice – Croatia Corona Travel, Tourism, Flights & Borders Update

06:05: The new numbers will be announced at the regular press conference at 14:00. 

06:00: Welcome to the TCN daily update on COVID-19. We start the day with 2096 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 8 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1489 patients have recovered. Seventy-nine people have died. 15 patients are on ventilators. There are 528 active cases.

UPDATES from May 3, 2020

17:22: When asked if the vaccine would be unique in the world, Markotic stressed that a vaccine of a certain percentage of protection would be better than nothing. More on Index

17:00: Close-contact service activities, including massage parlors and physiotherapy services, are still open tomorrow, not in a week. Read all you need to know here

16:00: Situation by counties 3. 5.

Virovitica-Podravina – 2 new. Total 10
Šibenik-Knin – 1 new. Total 90. Recovered 51
Zadar – 0 new. Total 85
Primorje Gorski Kotar – 0 new. Total 82
Istria – 0 new. Total 90. All cured.
Osijek-Baranja – 3 new. Total 125
Vukovar-Srijem – 0 new. Total 40
Požega-Slavonia – 0 new. Total 3. All cured
Lika-Senj – 0 new. Total 22. Three cured.
Zagreb – 0 new patients. Total 129. 1 fatality
City of Zagreb – 1 new. Total 466
Split-Dalmatia – 1 new. Total 499. 1 fatality
Sisak-Moslavina – 0 new. Total 32
Varaždin – 0 new. Total 50
Bjelovar-Bilogora – 0 new.
Koprivnica-Križevci – waiting. To date, a total of 69
Međimurje – waiting. To date, a total of 8
Karlovac – waiting. To date, a total of 30
Dubrovnik-Neretva – waiting. To date, a total of 112
Brod-Posavina – waiting. To date, a total of 22

14:30: Croatia has confirmed eight new cases of infection in the past 24 hours, and two more have died, the National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Sunday, noting that loosening measures does not end on May 11, but continues with preparations for the next phase. 

14:00: National Civil Protection Headquarters press conference underway:

“I want to thank the media representatives for everything. You are doing a great job,” Bozinovic said at the start.

“We have 8 new patients. 2096 cases in total,” said Beros. “Two more fatalities since yesterday, bringing the total to 79.” 1489 patients have recovered. 

“One moment can disrupt several weeks of our work. Four Croatian nationals arrived in Croatia for 72 hours. Of these four patients, one had symptoms, had no contacts, was positive. Another passenger in the same car had no symptoms, made contact. He is positive. Two more were in the car. One has loss of smell. In our instruction to treat persons entering Croatia for 72 hours, we will add another novelty, mandatory testing,” Beros said.

“From a clinical point of view, we are doing very well. Pula has no one in the hospital, everyone is well. Such situations and failure to follow measures, perhaps not in a bad way, can endanger these people. And then these people can end up in the hospital. For those who end up in the hospital, the situation is terrible. Good numbers can break down quickly, or we can bring them down to zero and be happy and enjoy the summer,” said Markotic.

“8 positive as of today. We have two people in the City of Zagreb area who are family contacts, from OBZ we have three people from the same family, in Split one nurse and in Virovitica, we have cases imported from Germany.

The second phase begins tomorrow. Given that we have released close contact services, it would not be fair to omit massage and physiotherapy salons outside the hospital. I apologize to all the people of Hum na Sutli, especially those who are infected, because it was not a celebration but an imported case from Switzerland. I want to congratulate the headquarters of Krapina-Zagorje County for having solved the three infections they had. “

Will the measures be extended that expire tomorrow?

“We are likely to allow playgrounds to open, as far as recreation is concerned, the epidemiologists will give their opinion, we are considering allowing more people to weddings and funerals. We do not intend to hold the decision to ban gatherings in public places.”

“There were some irregularities in the shops, but most of them were immediately addressed on the spot. We want to avoid this wherever possible,” he added.

Working in marketplaces?

“We have temporarily restricted products that can be sold in marketplaces. We will talk about non-food products soon,” Capak said.

Are we too late with recommendations and protocols in nursing homes?

“We made the first recommendations long before the virus entered the nursing homes. This test should be seen in the context that only 10 percent of the need can be produced. We, of course, had new information. We tested whenever there was doubt, when by definition it was needed. Later we expanded the definition, and now we test even above average to protect people in homes and not accidentally what happens outside.”

About Istria

“It would be best if for a certain period of time, at least two weeks, that we do not have new cases. How would it be estimated that we are going into increasing indulgence? It is not just a matter of us. We have our people living outside .. We have said repeatedly. the coronavirus has shown that it cannot be good at one time and the others will not. The whole world will have to be cleaned up, so that we too can be sure that everything is good. If we can bring ourselves to zero, like Istria now, we can do a lot. But only when the whole world is released from the corona, will we be able to be sure that there will be no new problems,” said Markotic.

About theaters and masses, where is the epidemiological reason?

“No one ever said that the mass was epidemiologically more acceptable than the theater. No one ever claimed that. If I did, I apologize. We take care that cultural events need to be introduced, the proof is that we talked about it very broadly today. We have to do it, but from the beginning, we are talking, letting go in stages, cautiously. Something needed to be different. Priorities were set by the ministries and the government. We can make epidemiological recommendations for everyone,” Capak said.

About the Split nursing home: If the virus is to blame, how is such a scenario avoided in other homes?

“There are different numbers in different counties. It is not possible to give a simple answer … The fact that an employee was in a shop and got the virus could have happened anywhere … We are sorry that happened.

All of us now have an afterthought and it helped us a lot. We did not have some kind of recipe, we were developing this strategy on the run, you remember that after the invention of this test in Berlin, we started applying it in Croatia. From the present point of view, one can ask that,” Beros said.

“I ask the elderly to be patient.”

“It is very important, I would like to remind you that the extremely high risk of severe illness is a high age. In nursing homes where a lot of people live, it is extremely important that they continue to be cared for. We see a lot of older people being outside, but I have to warn them. “Would I like to expose myself in this way?” I ask the elderly to be patient, to go to the shops in a similar way to others,” said Markotic.

About student exercises

“We have created an epidemiological framework for student exercises. Some colleges cannot be completed without exercises and we have made it possible,” Capak said.

Is phase 4 or 5 being prepared?

“The loosening of the measures does not end on May 11. The measures will be loosened until we cover everything,” Capak said.

13:14: See pictures from masses all over Croatia. Many are older, many do not wear masks. More on Index

12:32: Bjelovar-Bilogora County is still without new patients for the eighteenth day in a row. Since the start of the pandemic, 10 people have been infected in the county, 7 of whom have recovered.

The number of people in self-isolation in Bjelovar-Bilogora County is 752 today, and in the last 24 hours, the police have recorded one violation of self-isolation measures, or a total of 51 so far. Since the start of the pandemic, police have enforced self-isolation controls 3544 times.

12:31: There are no new cases in Varaždin County in the last 24 hours, so today the overall numbers remain unchanged. A total of 46 people are infected and 30 recovered. There are 13 people still undergoing treatment at the Varaždin General Hospital, and three people from our area are currently being treated at the Dr. Fran Mihaljević Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb. Statistically, there are 4 more people in Varaždin County who have only their registered place of residence here.

12:29: To date, there are no newly infected COVID-19 patients in Sisak-Moslavina County, and of the total of thirty-two patients from the area of ​​Sisak-Moslavina County, only five remain positive. One returnee from work in Germany is suspected of having the coronavirus.

12:08: A press conference of the City of Zagreb begins. 141 people tested, one positive. The number of positive cases in Zagreb increased to 466 and recoveries to 369.

11:50: According to the report of KBC Split, one older woman (96 years old) has passed away. The person was a resident of the Center for the Elderly and Disabled in Split on Vukovarska Street. In addition to several serious chronic illnesses, the person was also positive for COVID-19. According to the report, out of a total of 144 tests performed in the Split-Dalmatia County area, one newly infected person from the Split area was infected with the coronavirus. 

11:22: According to the data of the Institute of Public Health of the County of Zagreb, in Zagreb County by Sunday, 3 May 2020, at 11:00 am, 129 people were coronavirus-positive. Compared to yesterday, this is the same number, which means that there are no new patients in the Zagreb County area for five days in a row. 3 more have recovered and one has sadly passed away. So far, a total of 81 people have been cured and four have died.

11:15: There are no new patients in Lika-Senj County for 15 days.

11:07: It is the 33rd day in Požega-Slavonia County without new cases, and as of April 22, there is not a single confirmed infection in the county. There are currently 321 people in self-isolation, 48 samples sent for analysis, and a total of 478 tested.

11:03: There are no new cases in Vukovar-Srijem County.

10:59: In the last 24 hours in Osijek-Baranja County, three new cases were discovered out of 93 tested samples at the Clinical Hospital Center Osijek and the Institute for Public Health of the Osijek-Baranja County. The new cases are from the Gata area, their contacts were previously infected and were in self-isolation. The number of cases in the county since the start of the pandemic is 125.

10:54: Zadar County has no new cases. 52 have recovered.

10:45: Primorje-Gorski Kotar County has no new cases for the 12th consecutive day. They have only 28 active cases.

10:37: Sibenik-Knin County has 1 new case compared to the information published yesterday. That case was discovered yesterday afternoon. There are 90 cases in the county. 51 have recovered.

10:10: After a long time, Virovitica has new cases.

“Two newly infected people. In total, we have 9 infected and one healed,” they said at a press conference. “They are two middle-aged men. They came from Germany, one of them had symptoms, the other did not, and the other is clinically healthy. We tested both of them and they are both positive. They came to Croatia in a group of 4 people. The other two are not from our county but are from Varaždin County. The other person, who had no symptoms, was in contact with her husband and two children, and they were put in isolation,” the press conference revealed.

10:00: In early April, the public learned that the coronavirus had infected a baby two months old from the Karlovac area. Today, after 45 days, that baby is finally cured of the coronavirus. On April 28, it was last tested and, on April 29, it tested negative.

8:20: We expect the local headquarters to announce the status of the coronavirus in their respective areas

8:18: The gradual reactivation of the health care system, which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is aimed only at treating emergency patients, will resume operating programs and diagnostic and treatment procedures tomorrow that has been postponed since mid-March.

Health Minister Beros has announced that waiting lists will be updated and all patients will be notified of new appointments. 

07:00: Some recent TCN articles:

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06:15:  The latest travel advice – Croatia Corona Travel, Tourism, Flights & Borders Update

06:05: The new numbers will be announced at the regular press conference at 14:00. 

06:00: Welcome to the TCN daily update on COVID-19. We start the day with 2088 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 3 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1463 patients have recovered. Seventy-seven people have died. 17 patients are on ventilators. There are 548 active cases.

UPDATES from May 2, 2020

15:30: ZET starts driving to Velika Gorica from Monday. 

15:00: The Chief of the Civil Protection Headquarters of Istria County, Dino Kozlevac, told reporters on Saturday that, as of today, Istria County officially has no coronavirus-positive patients. 

“With the sports dictionary, the first half is over, we are ready for the second half as well as possible extensions. The whole system is ready, we are entering the phase of coexistence with the virus.

The measures are still in force, and I urge citizens to continue to adhere to basic measures, such as physical distance, enhanced hygiene and the use of protective equipment,” Kozlevac said at a press conference.

14:00: National Civil Protection Headquarters press conference: 

In the last 24 hours, there are 3 new cases in Croatia, bringing the total to 2088 cases. There were two fatalities since yesterday. 

“As of yesterday, we have 3 new cases in Croatia. We have a total of 2088 cases. Two patients died since yesterday, one born in Split in 1928 and in 1946 in Zagreb.

Today’s results are great, Beros said.

One new patient is from Split-Dalmatia County, a resident of a nursing home, one is from Osijek-Baranja, who is the contact of a patient,  and one from Sibenik-Knin, also a patient.

274 health professionals were or are still positive.

“274 health professionals, 83 doctors and 105 nurses have been infected. There are 42 doctors and 124 nurses in self-isolation,” Capak said.

The shops are crowded, is it because of the non-working Sunday?

“This is one situation for us. There are crowds for sure because of that. We have no indication that anything would be alarming,” Bozinovic said.

“All religious communities have shown a high degree of focus on organizing holy masses as recommended by the HZJZ. We have one business day between the two non-working, so there are more crowds. We will see what the reports will show at the end of the day. Nothing is alarming,” Bozinovic was asked about holding masses.

Truck drivers are wondering about self-isolation

“Truck drivers are a risk group and we need to take care of them, we are considering facilitating them. We need to have some measure on the border,” Capak said.

About passes

“It can’t be opened all at once. Population mobility is one of the bigger factors in the spread of the virus. Everything that goes on before and after May 11 will depend on how disciplined we all are. We all share the same interest. Let’s stick to the measures,” Bozinovic said.

About the Split nursing home

“I heard from the director of the Split hospital and he said everything at the conference, Beros said when asked about the oversight at the Split hospital.

“We explained very clearly where the temperature was yesterday. It is not true that it was not done, the doctor carried out daily tests for several hours that indicated a urinary infection and after most of the antibiotics the temperature subsided. The procedures were adequate and timely. There is no reason to doubt inspections were found. Everything was in line with what needed to be done,” Beros said.

“Now, whenever a person gets a temperature in their home, they immediately have a test taken,” Capak added.

13:44: To date, there are no new cases in Sisak-Moslavina County. “Out of 32 patients from the area of Sisak-Moslavina County, there are five more positive patients,” the county said.

13:11: A plane carrying 122 European citizens will fly to Zagreb today, including 73 Croats, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman announced on Saturday in front of MVEP. 

13:10: There are no new cases in Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the last 24 hours. All samples sent for analysis on Friday are negative, as are the remaining 59 samples from Thursday. We have 7 new recoveries, or a total of 64.

12:44: As of yesterday, there are no new cases in Zagreb. The total number of cases is 466. 7196 have been tested and 351 have been cured.

12:43: “Everyone in the Zenta home has been tested, one resident is positive. Two employees have been in self-isolation. The home is supervised and we test users more often than the other population.”

12:41: “The virus probably came through one of the employees. Because the residents didn’t go out and we have infected employees. If the employee is asymptomatic, you can’t blame them for bringing the virus into the home,” Karin said.

12:39: “This population is very prone to fevers. The doctor was there every day and did not estimate that she had suspected COVID-19. These are people who often have a fever. The coronavirus is very unpredictable,” Karin said when asked if there had been a leak in the home.

12:33: Director of the Public Health Institute of Split-Dalmatia County Željka Karin: “When we received information that there were more users with temperature, the epidemiologist was called during working hours, immediately went to the nursing home for a survey and samples were taken in ten rooms. When we saw that they were positive in the evening, the shift and testing of other users started immediately, and an on-call epidemiologist was called on March 29 and told that one user had a temperature, was told to put her in isolation and determine the condition. They prescribed antibiotics and the temperature dropped. There was no doubt about COVID. “

12:30: Epidemiologist Dijana Nonkovic: “The COVID-19 pandemic also carries severe forms, complications and death. Those who are the oldest and have other chronic diseases are most likely to have a bad outcome. In all countries, the virus is penetrating homes with a large number of users. It is difficult to assess, but we have had a number of aggravating circumstances, a large number of people who were there. We worked 24 hours to stop the pandemic and put it under control. After a few weeks, the measures showed good results. Homes will be under constant surveillance.”

12:22: “There were no irregularities and omissions in the treatment of nursing home users, they hurriedly implemented all epidemiological measures based on the survey,” Boban said.

Boban on the director of the nursing home on Vukovarska: “It is clear from the conclusions. I am the county prefect and I am obliged to implement positive regulations, including this inspection report. And the DORH is doing its own investigation. “

12:20: “Protective equipment was constantly being purchased and delivered to homes. The Split home acted in accordance with the instructions and recommendations of all competent authorities. The family doctor was aware of the status of the users. There were no irregularities or omissions in the treatment of health professionals,” said Boban.

12:18: Prefect Boban read a joint report from the two ministries. “This crisis is a new situation that the entire world has faced for the first time. All institutions have adapted measures and guidelines to new situations. Nursing home users are older people with many comorbidities.”

12:13: The inspection report was read by Prefect Boban, who expressed condolences to the families of all the deceased in that county. “When we received a report that there were positives in the nursing home, we organized a shuttle service to KBC for all infected persons and all their contacts that evening. A day later, I requested a report from the director and received that report in the afternoon. Inspectors were already on the field on April 10. I appointed Helena Mandalovic as Commissioner in the nursing home that day, at which point the director and a large part of the staff needed to go into self-isolation, and they needed to organize work in the nursing home. Thise who tested negative were transferred to Makarska to the Biokovka home,” reminded Boban.

12:11: One new case in Split-Dalmatia, which is a resident of the nursing home in Makarska. There are 498 cases in that county. 75 health professionals are positive, 99 are in self-isolation.

“The situation is calm. The residents who are healed are being discharged from the hospital to the home. So far, 13 have been returned to Vukovarska,” Karin said.

12:08: There are no changes compared to yesterday’s staff and patient numbers at KBC Split. The Pulmonary Clinic works by the rules, said Dr. Julije Meštrović, and thanked all staff. 

12:12: “We have made an extensive epidemiological survey at the Pulmonary Division. There has been no change in the number of patients since yesterday. All hygienic epidemiological measures have been taken at the clinic, among staff, all tested, as well as all patients. with strict supervision,” said Mestrovic.

12:06: There are currently 89 people being treated at KBC Split, 78 from nursing homes. Most patients in Split are hospitalized. Nine patients are on a ventilator. Another person from the nursing home died yesterday. The person is from Makarska.

“I express my deepest regrets and condolences. We regularly nurture all nursing home users, and when clinical circumstances indicate that discharge is possible, we return them to their homes,” said KBC Chief Dr. Julije Meštrović.

12:05: The press conference in Split begins.

12:40: One person from the Koška area is positive, the headquarters of Osijek-Baranja said.

11:49: Ten counties without new cases: Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Istria, Karlova, Bjelovar-Bilogora, Virovitica-Podravina, Lika-Senj, Varaždin, Vukovar-Srijem and Zagreb. At noon, the Civil Protection Headquarters of Split-Dalmatia County has a press conference.

11:48: There are no new cases in Zagreb County.

11:47: There are no COVID-19 positive patients in Vukovar-Srijem County in the last 24 hours, so the total number of cases is still 40.

11:27: No new cases in Varaždin County for six days. This is the eighth county with no new cases today. A total of 46 people are infected and 30 have recovered.

11:05: No new cases in Virovitica-Podravina County for 11 days

10:43: The Split-Dalmatia County Civil Protection Headquarters will hold a press conference at noon.

Mayor Blaženko Boban, KBC Split Director Julije Meštrović and NZJZ Director Željka Karin will speak.

10:36: Zadar County is free of new cases for 7 days, Šibenik-Knin for 3 days, and Istria County for 15 consecutive days.

10:22: In the past 24 hours, a violation of self-isolation was received from the Police Department of Šibenik-Knin, and the verification found that the imposed measure was violated.

10:20: There are no new patients in Lika-Senj County for the 14th day in a row.

10:17: In Šibenik-Knin County, for the third consecutive day, there are no new cases. The number of patients is still 89, and 49 have been recovered. Three patients were hospitalized at the Šibenik Hospital Infectious Diseases Unit, and no patients were on a ventilator. There are 84 people under health surveillance, 45 of whom were in contact with COVID-19 patients. To date, 1,439 samples have been taken in Šibenik-Knin County.

10:05: There are no new cases in Karlovac County, and 22 people have been cured.

9:25: As of Monday, hair salons and barbershops are reopening their doors. These are the recommendations of the HZJZ:


9:19: Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, told Jutarnji List that it is reasonable to expect a second wave in the fall, but that no one can say that with any certainty or in relation to the strength of the first wave infection. “We have more scenarios,” Capak said, adding that the spread of infection is likely to slow significantly in the summer.

9:15: The Health Minister yesterday said at a National Headquarters press conference that the average age of deaths was 79.2 years. Of these, 45 percent are men and 55 percent are women. The average age of yesterday’s deceased six people is 84.3 years. In comparison, according to 2016 data, the average age of deaths in Croatia was 76.5 years.

8:50: After a month and a half, the churches were opened and masses were again served in the presence of the faithful. At the Mass in the church of Sv. Dominik in Split gathered 20 believers and the mass was held in accordance with epidemiological measures.

08:20: Some of the latest TCN articles:

Croat from Oxford University Explains Coronavirus Vaccine Advancement

SMART TOURISM: First Croatian Virtual Tourism Conference Coming Next Week

Croatian Institute of Public Health Publishes Instructions for Schools

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08:10: Croatia Corona Travel, Tourism, Flights & Borders Update May 1, 2020

08:00:“We all agree that this is one of the most unusual viruses we have come across,” Markotic said on Nova TV last night. It is a new strain of coronaviruses that otherwise move among animals. Although bats and then the pangolin are initially blamed initially for carrying the virus, Professor Markotic said that the latest research says that raccoon dogs also did. New symptoms have also been discovered – diarrhea, severe headache, loss of taste and smell. Cases from Croatia confirm that you can have it in your body for a very long time. “For now, as far as I know, for about 55 days it can be kept. It’s good that all these people are practically symptom-free, but still have the virus,” Markotic said. More on Index.

The Split State Attorney’s Office is opening an investigation at the infected Nursing Home

Health Minister Vili Beros and Social Policy Minister Vesna Bedekovic presented a consolidated inspection report of their ministries at the Nursing Home in Split, according to which there were no omissions in the treatment of health professionals, and workers and users of the House adhered to epidemiological instructions. However, Beroš added, they were informed that, based on the order of the Split State Attorney’s Office, certain documents were exempted and reconnaissance was conducted in the home itself.

Bedekovic and Capak pointed out that only new users are currently admitted to the nursing homes, with the decision of the social welfare center on the need for urgent accommodation and that all of them be tested beforehand. This decision also applies to private homes.

Bozinovic: We have milder measures than some countries, and better results than most

Measures in Croatia have been milder and results are better than in most countries, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said on Friday.

“We have a controllable epidemiological situation and the fact that we have instituted restrictive measures at the right time. These measures are not as restrictive as in some other countries, without having to go far from Croatia to compare the measures,” Bozinovic said.

Bozinovic reported that the situation 0f borders was being discussed at European Union level.

“In the coming days, the European Commission should come up with some thoughts on how to return to normal, when the epidemiological situation allows it. We must be aware that this depends on national decisions. In some ways, borders within the Schengen area have been raised. This is all part of a coherent effort at the  EU level,” he said.

Markotic: Temperature alone cannot be the only reason to suspect a coronavirus

The Head of Infectious Diseases Clinic Fran Mihaljevic commented on the reason why the infection of the coronavirus was not suspected in the residents of the Nursing Home in Split because of the temperature.

She noted that she has been treating urinary infections clinically and therefore knows that the elderly population is particularly prone to fever, but that it does not have to occur.

“To get the temperature, several immune components must be secreted. Older people simply do not have the ability to initiate these fever mechanisms. There may not be a temperature at all in elderly patients. It is quite common to have occasional temperatures. During the day they may or may not have. Temperature may not be the only reason to suspect he has a coronavirus. None of them had severe respiratory symptoms,” explained Markotic.

Minister Vili Beros also followed.

“These temperatures were of another genesis, the doctor did examinations and it turned out to be a urinary infection. They did not predominate respiratory problems and therefore not all were tested,” the minister explained.

06:05: The new numbers will be announced at the regular press conference at 14:00. 

06:00: Welcome to the TCN daily update on COVID-19. We start the day with 2085 officially confirmed Croatia COVID-19 cases and 9 new cases since yesterday afternoon. 1421 patients have recovered. Seventy-five people have died. 17 patients are on ventilators. There are 659 active cases.


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