March 15, 2020 – At this morning’s press conference held by the Civil Protection Staff they announced that the number of coronavirus infected in Croatia had increased. Seven more people were infected, and a total of 46 people were infected in Croatia.
Seven new cases were diagnosed yesterday. In the morning the headquarters reported five new cases, in the afternoon another infected person was reported, and another case was discovered late in the evening. In total, 39 people were infected in Croatia as of yesterday as reported by Index.
In addition, late last night the government decided to limit the prices of several foods and drugs with maximum prices remaining as they were on January 30.
09:17 – When asked if crowds at the borders should be expected, the minister said he should not. “We said yesterday, this is not the time to travel and we ask everyone to refrain from doing so,” the minister said.
09:15 – Minister Bozinovic said that there were 52 people quarantined, in Split and Dubrovnik. “You can see for yourself that the situation in the EU is getting worse, we are not ruling it out either. I urge that the messages of the headquarters and the government be monitored because only if we follow what the profession says will we help ourselves, our loved ones and the country,” he said.
09:13 – Alemka Markotic added that in self-isolation all persons were assessed as being at high risk, regardless of whether they had symptoms or not.
“The epidemic here can be made worse by irresponsible behavior. This is one of the critical aspects and it is important for people to adhere to the prescribed measures. It is for the benefit of them and their loved ones,” she said.
She also commented on the decision to withdraw the decision to self-isolate people from Bosnia and Hercecogovina and Serbia. She said it was not yet about local transmission.
“These are all close contacts or infected out there. Failure to comply with the measures may result in local transmission,” she added.
09:12 – Minister Bozinovic praised the computer scientists who created a system that helps identify persons who violate self-isolation measures.
“We do not act only on reports from citizens, but also on the regular treatment of the police, if someone is stopped in traffic and should be in self-isolation, they will be sanctioned,” he said.
09:10 – There was a question about the use of ibuprofen, which the French minister said was not being given to the sick.
Alemka Markotic replied that it was not scientifically based. “It is not usually given to patients who are bleeding, and all of our patients receive paracetamol,” she said.
Minister Beros added that the advice should be dominated by the opinion of professionals.
09:09 – Minister Beros was asked about mobilization. He said Croatia was ready for anything and how it would adapt.
09:07 – Krunoslav Capak spoke about new measures at the borders, saying that the citizens of Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia will not need to go into self-isolation and that the regime will not change.
Asked about the number of people in self-isolation, he said he would announce the exact number at the press conference in the afternoon (16:00 CET).
9:06 – The Minister revealed that four convoys of trucks were taken over and that over 60 trucks were moving to Bajakov and 40 to Stara Gradiška.
Minister Bozinovic said that truck traffic at the borders was normalized.
“In the past 24 hours, controls have been carried out on 57 citizens who do not comply with self-isolation measures. 17 have been reported to the sanitary inspection and will be sanctioned,” Bozinovic said.
9:05 – Krunoslav Capak said that information is being collected on the new seven patients and their contacts and that more will be known at 16:00 CET at the next press conference.
09:04 – Alemka Markotic said that there is not much information about the new cases so far, but added that they do not appear to have a serious form of the virus
09:02 – There are 46 people infected in Croatia, Minister Beros said.
A full update will follow in our daily briefing, which will include details from the afternoon press conference, which will be held at 16:00 CET.
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