Crnac in Continental Croatia Boasts Zero Infections Since Pandemic Began

Lauren Simmonds

October the 26th, 2020 – The numbers have been rising in Croatia and the amount of newly infected people has surprised even experts in some cases. With major Croatian cities and their respective economies suffering at the hands of the new virus, it’s difficult to imagine a place within the borders of this small country that the virus hasn’t managed to penetrate – meet Crnac.

Many praise the beautiful Istrian peninsula for its management of the ongoing crisis, but very few even know about the small place in continental Croatia called Crnac, which has boasted zero infections since the very beginning of the pandemic.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, which penetrated Croatia’s first lines of defense back in spring, Crnac, a small town nestled between Virovitica and Osijek in Eastern Croatia, hasn’t had a single case of a person testing positive for the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. When it comes to answering the question of what is the secret of their success, Crnac’s proud locals say that they respect all of the epidemiological measures, and it is to their advantage that everyone is mainly engaged in agriculture, so they’re more or less always outdoors.

“You don’t go to bigger cities so much for nights out. Masks are always worn in stores, disinfection is mandatory and young people follow the measures when they’re at school,” said Crnac local Bojan Stojcevic for

As for Crnac’s secret weapon, the so-called “magic potion against the coronavirus”, they believe that because they are mainly engaged in agriculture, in the vast Slavonian fields, the virus would find it very difficult to spread from host to host. “Agriculture, as our ancestors say, is a factory under the open sky. Our family farms also spend their working hours outside. Maybe the secret is in that,” said Mato Damjan, the mayor of Crnac.

Utility companies work appropriately and in line with the measures, there are no gatherings in front of shops and cafes, and during masses the measures are very much adhered to. The only ones who bring unrest to this small place and who have broken the rules are – those who come from outside of Crnac, even at a time when they had to have passes in order to enter.

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