New Coronavirus Testing Rules: Changed Times, Online Booking

Lauren Simmonds

October the 24th, 2020 – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put Croatia through its paces, particularly here in the heart of Zagreb where the numbers of newly infected people have soared over the last few days, causing alarm among many. There are now new coronavirus testing rules in force, which involved altered working times and the requirement to first book online.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 23rd of October, 2020, although the number of newly infected people recorded in the City of Zagreb on Friday was lower than it was the day before, the head of the City Health Office, Vjekoslav Jelec, said at yesterday’s press conference of the Zagreb Civil Protection Headquarters that the epidemiological situation continued to be serious and once again asked citizens to make sure they continue to adhere to the epidemiological measures put in place in an attempt to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus.

The coronavirus testing rules have changed.

”The new working hours for testing at the Andrija Stampar Institute (Mirogojska) are from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00, and on Sundays and on holidays from 08:00 to 10:00. All persons must book their coronavirus test online regardless of whether they’re paying for their test or coming to get test based on a referral from their family doctor,” said the Andrija Stampar Institute’s head nurse Cecilija Rotim.

“We need to strictly adhere to the anti-epidemic measures,” Jelec warned. As of Friday, there are 580 newly infected people having been recorded in the capital, and as many as 894 people are now in self-isolation. Most of the new patients are the contacts of previously infected people, and 18 residents of homes for the elderly and infirm are positive,” said the head nurse of the Andrija Stampar Institute, Cecilija Rotim.

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