Croatia Coronavirus COVID-19 Health, Stats & Travel Update: March 20, 2020

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March 20, 2020 – There are 130 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Croatia and 31 new cases as of yesterday morning. One patient has died. Five patients have recovered. There are currently 124 active cases in Croatia.

  • Playgrounds closed in Zagreb, Rijeka and other towns, cities.
  • Croatian border closed yesterday for non-citizens/non-residents.
  • Continued reports of self-isolation violations.
  • First coronavirus case on Croatian island Hvar. 
  • Croatian Army pitching tents in Zagreb for anticipated coronavirus patients.
  • Public transport schedules reduced. Taxis unaffected.
  • Croatian authorities called on all citizens and residents, who wish to return to Croatia, to do so as soon as possible due to flight disruptions, cancellations. 

Measures for Entry into the Republic of Croatia: UPDATED March 19, 2020

As of midnight yesterday, 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.

Also as of yesterday, it is mandatory 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 this decision include: a ban on holding all public events, the gathering of more than 5 people in one place and the suspension of all retail and trade activities EXCEPT:

  • Food and hygiene items
  • Markets and fish markets
  • Specialized stores selling and dispensing (pharmacies)
  • Specialized stores selling and dispensing veterinary medicinal products
  • Agricultural pharmacies
  • Gas stations
  • Kiosks
  • Bakeries
  • Chemical laundry (dry cleaners)
  • Specialized stores selling orthopaedic products and other aids
  • Specialized baby equipment stores
  • Specialized animal feed stores
  • Dispensing of building materials on the basis of retail orders
  • Logistic and distribution centers for food, beverages and hygiene products
  • Wholesale drugstores

Suspension of the Following Activities and Services:

  • Work of all cultural activities (museums, theaters, cinemas, libraries, reading rooms) and the suspension of exhibitions, shows and fairs
  • Operation of catering establishments of all categories, with the exception of food preparation and delivery services, accommodation services and work of public and student kitchens
  • Operation of service activities in which close contact with customers (eg hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, pedicures, massage parlors, saunas, swimming pools)
  • All sports competitions and organized trainings and shutdowns of gyms, sports centers, fitness and recreation centers
  • Holding children’s and other workshops and organized dance schools
  • Work of driving schools and foreign language schools
  • Religious gatherings


130 Coronavirus Cases in Croatia

As of March 20, 2020; 130 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been reported in Croatia (note that is now reporting cases by county instead of town/city) including: 60 in Grad Zagreb, 17 in Primorsko-Goranska, 16 in Istarska, 8 in Krapina-Zagorska, 7 in Osijecko-Baranjska, 8 in Varaždinska, 3 in Sisacko-Moslavacka, 4 in Karlovacka, 2 in Zagrebacka, 3 in Splitsko-Dalmatinska (including Hvar), 2 in Šibensko-Kninska, 2 in Zadarska, 2 in Dubrovacko-Neretvanska, and 1 in Brodsko-Posavska. Note that the man who died in Istra had tested positive for the coronavirus, but his cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

(Note that there are small discrepancies between sources regarding current coronavirus case count. And these numbers are changing more rapidly throughout the day. Total Croatia News will make every effort to provide updated case numbers and locations as we receive them.)

More than 11,300 people are dead from the virus, which originated in Wuhan City, China; and over 272,056 cases have been confirmed globally. There are 191,089 cases outside of mainland China and 47,021 in Italy. 

UPDATED: March 20, 2020 22:00 CET (Central European Time)

National Civil Protection Headquarters Evening Press Conference: 16:00 CET

  • Three patients on respirators.
  • People continue to violate self-isolation orders. Systems for tracking violators improving.
  • Reducing public transport schedules. Taxis not affected yet.
  • Marriages will take place without weddings, funerals without music and flowers, playgrounds closed.

National Civil Protection Headquarters Morning Press Conference: 9:00 CET

A summary of this morning’s press conference can be found here.

Croatia and Regional Daily Updates

(Updates provided by Index)

20:44 – Two more coronavirus-infected people were confirmed in Krapina-Zagorje County on Friday afternoon, and now there are ten in total, according to the County Civil Protection Headquarters.

Two newly infected people are from the City of Pregrada and the Municipality of Hum na Sutli. The staff said they had mild symptoms and were isolated at home.

20:35 – The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) welcomes the decision of the Croatian Employment Service (CES) authorizing the payment of HRK 3,250 per worker for a maximum of the next 3 months. But they urge the rapid adoption additional measures.

20:23 – There are no coronavirus patients in Virovitica-Podravina County, four samples sent for testing to the Infectious Diseases Clinic Fran Mihaljevic are negative, with results awaiting the fifth, said the director of the Venus County Institute of Public Health.

19:59 – Due to increased number of citizens who do not follow preventive measures of coronavirus-related behavior, the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacy tightens control of patients in pharmacies. They are allowed to check the epidemiological status of all patients with whom healthcare professionals are in contact.

19:37 – The head of the CESI Tomislav Capak told RTL Today that the playgrounds were closed because the children had social contact there. He explained that staying outdoors was recommended but that social contact should be avoided.

He also said that a common system has been established and that it is very easy to detect those who violate self-isolation, such as when they arrive at the pharmacy or when police stop someone, on the street or in a car.

19:23 – A priest from Sesvete Kraljevo and one parish priest were infected. The priest has served mass in recent days.

19:10 – The findings of the swab tests of 14 Dubrovnik General Hospital staff who were preventively tested for coronavirus because they were in contact with a first coronavirus case in Dubrovnik, a 54-year-old maid from Dubrovnik Airport, were reported as negative, according to the County Civil Protection Headquarters.

19:05 – “It is important that in this situation the European Commission and the Member States regularly exchange all relevant information and coordinate measures at European and national level in order to more easily combat the further spread of COVID-19 and thus limit the negative impact on the EU economy,” Minister Darko Horvat said after a video conference with EU ministers.

18:55 – Croatian authorities on Friday called on all their citizens abroad who intend to return to Croatia to do so as soon as possible because of possible air traffic disruptions caused by the global spread of coronaviruses.

18:10 – Two new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Varazdin County, with eight of them now, according to County Civilian Protection Chief Robert Vugrin this afternoon.

The director of the Varazdin General Hospital Nenad Kudelic said it was a man and a woman of middle age who were living abroad. He added that they are both in good overall condition.

17:29 – Volunteers, members of the Novi Vinodolski City Red Cross, which includes volunteers from Vinodol municipality, reduce the shortage of protective masks, and by Friday at noon they have sealed about 500 reusable masks, which were washed at 95 degrees Celsius.

17:27 – The Zagreb City Administration has today adopted measures to mitigate the effects of the appearance of coronavirus on businessmen in Zagreb, which will extend lease terms and reduce some utility bills by 30 percent or completely.

17:13 – Zagreb police have reported that due to the epidemiological situation of March 20, they will not work with clients, except for issuing ID cards in justified and urgent cases and professional driving licenses.

17:09 – In the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, there are no newly infected coronaviruses, 12 of them in the last two days, nine of which are in a Rijeka hospital and three isolated in their apartments, a press conference at the county administration said Friday.

16:45 – Labor and Retirement System Minister Josip Aladrovic and the Croatian Employment Service (CES) said measures to safeguard jobs at risk of crisis could start from Monday.

16:30 – Interior Minister and Head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Bozinovic announced the possibility of abolishing public and intercity transport.

16:10 – The National Civil Protection Headquarters has warned a large number of citizens who do not comply with self-isolation measures.

“We are not satisfied with the adherence to self-isolation measures. Only this morning, 18 people entered the Zagreb pharmacies, who violated self-isolation measures,” said Grba Bujevic.

16:00Croatia has confirmed 15 new cases of coronavirus infection.

15:50 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the camp for coronavirus patients which was set up in front of Dubrava Clinical Hospital (KBC Dubrava), noting that Croatia has thus prepared what no other European country has.

15:37 – The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (CCE) has suspended the obligation to pay membership fees to companies that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak for the next three months or as long as necessary, the CCE said on Friday.

15:00 – The director of Karlovac hospital is also in Self-isolation.

14:40 – The Croatian Health Insurance Institute (HZZO) on Friday called on insured people and service users to temporarily delay their arrival at the HZZO’s official premises in order to protect themselves, their family and employees, and have made it possible to file claims electronically.

14:29 – Zagreb’s libraries, like many cultural institutions, offer a variety of online services to citizens when they are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus Back in May 2019, an e-book loan service was launched through the ZakiBook app. Members of Zagreb City Libraries, with their membership number and pin, can read more than 600 eBook titles on four different devices – mobile, tablet, e-reader or computer, according to the Zagreb City Libraries.

14:24 – Kraš workers will take a collective holiday starting Wednesday.

“In the coming days, we will gradually reduce production volumes in line with the market needs for our products. Kraš has enough finished products to meet demand in the next two months, so there is no fear that there will be a shortage of products. We will do everything in our power to continue our normal work as soon as possible, according to the circumstances,” said Damir Bulić, President of the Kraš Board of Directors.

14:09 – According to the instruction of the National Civil Protection Headquarters, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the City of Rijeka is closing all children’s playgrounds in the City of Rijeka as of today, March 20.

14:04 – Drivers who cannot avoid traveling on the Croatian Highway (HAC) at the time of the epidemic are urged to follow the prescribed preventative measures and plan for self-protection when planning their trips.

14:03 – The government has announced that it will not acquire masks for HRK 19 million because the Republic of Croatia has received a large donation.

13:45 – Minister Beroš answers questions on the Facebook page live. A translation of this session can be found here courtesy of Andy Obridge/COVID-19 INFO CROATIA. Check out their Facebook page here.

13:38 – A child was hospitalized with his parents in Rijeka. They are all positive, said the headquarters of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

13:25 – The epidemiological situation in Vukovar-Srijem County is stable and there are no new patients infected with the coronavirus. Thirty-one people have been tested so far in that county, one finding is pending, and 691 people are under self-isolation measures, the County Civil Protection Headquarters reported on Friday in Vinkovci.

There are three people quarantined, and two of those people are truck drivers so far. Food and water are provided for everyone in the quarantine.

13:10 – Croatia’s economy will suffer a severe blow from the coronavirus epidemic, analysts estimate, which is not surprising given the high dependency on tourism, which directly accounts for about 11 percent of GDP. Analysts at Raiffeisen Bank forecast a GDP drop of as much as five percent this year.

13:03 – The Bjelovar-Bilogorski Police Directorate has received 31 reports from residents yesterday about possible violations of self-isolation.

12:55 – Vehicle technical inspection stations have not been suspended and activities are being carried out with precautionary measures in line with the recommendations of the competent institutions, the Croatian Vehicle Center announced on Friday.

12:42 – The Croatian Association of Hospital Physicians (HUBOL) said on Friday that health care facilities are not equally prepared for the coronavirus epidemic, and reports and inquiries from HUBOL members indicate that hospitals lack the necessary protective and other equipment.

12:40 – The parliamentary opposition reiterated on Friday that measures taken by the government to save the economy are not enough and called for a moratorium on payment of obligations of entrepreneurs and citizens and a moratorium on enforcement proceedings.

12:37 – In Varaždin County: no new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

There are no new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the County of Varaždin, which means that from March 20 at 12:30, the number of infecttions is still 6. All cases are being monitored at the Varaždin General Hospital. In the last 24 hours, 22 tests were conducted, and the total number of completed tests is now above 100. At the same time, in the last 24 hours, 4 confirmed cases of violations of self-isolation and 3 minor violations of the decision on measures to limit social gatherings, work in commerce, services and maintenance sports and cultural events have been reported to the Civil Protection Staff of Croatia.

12:30 – The presence of coronavirus in the patient from Senj was confirmed in the County of Lika-Senj. This was confirmed by the Mayor of Lika-Senj, dr. Darko Milinovic, and reported online.

12:30 – There are three new cases in Zagorje, for a total of eight.

12:10 – A notice has just arrived from the City of Zagreb that all children’s playgrounds are closing.

“We would like to inform you that in accordance with the order of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, all children’s playgrounds in the City of Zagreb, including all kindergartens and school playgrounds and yards, will be closed in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection,” they confirmed.

11:58 – The PGZ Health Center in Rijeka reported that as of tomorrow Saturday March 21, 2020; they are moving the following outpatients from the Cambierieva site: Pediatric emergency office and blood sampling room for children are moving to a new location at 7 Cambierieva ulica.

  • The new location is only 50 meters from the current location, and the work schedule remains unchanged: Saturdays, Sundays, holidays from 8:00 to 20:00. The office number is 051 641-045 and 051 336-046.
  • The dental office on duty is also moving from its current location (Cambierieva 7) to Studentska 1 in Rijeka and will also work according to current working hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00 to 20:00. The telephone number of the practice is 051 494 896.
  • The family medicine duty office remains in the same place (Cambierieva 7) and operates according to the current schedule: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00 to 20:00. The office number is 051 335 588.

Also, given the new situation, all psychiatrists and psychologists at the PGZ Health Center in their regular working hours are available to provide psychological psychological assistance to all residents of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County. Psychiatrists and psychologists’ contacts and more information on news related to precautionary measures and instructions for treatment can be found on the website of the PGZ Health Center.

In accordance with the recommendation of the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacy, the Management Board of Jadran Pharmacy, in order to prevent the immediate inaccessibility of medicines and other products that patients buy at the pharmacies in this period with increased intensity, introduce restrictions on dispensing for one patient:

  • up to two packs of disinfectants, antiseptics, alcohol, hand disinfection gels and other skin disinfection products, surface area
  • one pack of gloves, masks and similar assortment
  • a maximum of two packs of OTC medicines
  • dispense the maximum amount of prescription drug in a month

They state that they are aware that such a restriction on dispensing may trigger negative reactions from patients but say that the current situation is such that responsibility must be taken to ensure the continuity of drug delivery to patients throughout the epidemic.

From Thallasotherapy, Opatija says they are delaying examinations, examinations and physical therapies (outpatient and inpatient) between March 23 and April 3.

The Rab Psychiatric Hospital has until now banned all visits as well people as bringing things to patients.

Thallasotherapy Crikvenica has introduced mandatory medical triage measures for all persons entering the hospital and urges all patients and service users not to visit the clinic if they have fever, acute respiratory symptoms, if they have been abroad for the last 14 days, have been in close contact with infected persons .

11:40 – Zagreb Bank (Zaba) reported that as of today, branch hours will be shortened, while some branches are temporarily closed, and recommended that clients visit branches only in case of emergency and to use internet banking and ATM services.

11:26 – Kampus igraliste (playground) is closed in Rijeka to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

11:22 – The Varaždin Civil Protection Headquarters decided on Friday to close all children’s playgrounds in the city and remove the terraces of catering facilities, as citizens do not adhere to the ban on gathering as protection against coronavirus infection.

10:34 – The Army is pitching 28 tents for coronavirus patients in front of KBC Dubrava, see how they look on the inside. Video here courtesy of N1.


10:29 – The Zadar headquarters held a press conference. They still have two infected. Dr. Alan Medic said 14 samples have been tested and there are no new cases so far.

“We have a total of 408 people under self-isolation, of which 68 yesterday.

If someone has a temperature of 37.2 C and is middle-aged and has no severe symptoms, there is time: do not go to the doctor. Seniors with chronic illnesses take priority regarding coronavirus testing. Someone who is 20 or 30 years old can wait a day, but it is important that they be in self-isolation,” said Medic. During the day, they are awaiting findings for several people.

10:15 – At 13:45, Minister Beroš answers questions on the Facebook page live.

10:00 – The Croatian Family Medicine Coordination Office (KoHOM) on Friday appealed to the media and the general public to respect the privacy and human dignity of all coronavirus patients, including doctors who have been infected who, due to incomplete and inaccurate information have been subjected to their own form of lynching.

10:07 – According to information Index has received unofficially, the new coronavirus case in the Split-Dalmatia County area is a 40-year-old from Vrboska, Hvar. He had been working in Austria.

10:06 – Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, tourism in Croatia is in an unenviable situation, without any traffic and income, which is why the most important dialogue now is for all stakeholders – domestic and foreign partners – to maintain cooperation, and survival measures for continuing work are as soon as possible are being planned according to Uniline and Atlas largest domestic agencies in Croatia.

9:53 – Minister Bozinovic says he is considering restricting purchases. “There are no shortages anywhere at the moment. It is not such a problem yet that we would need to act on this. There is no reason to worry and create irrational stockpiles. But there will always be unreasonable individuals,” Bozinovic observed.

9:23 – 11 doctors have been infected.

9:17 – “There are three positive cases at KBC Dubrava. Three doctors are positive. It may be that some of the patients have been infected, some have stayed there because they cannot be discharged and have been in contact with the infected,” said Krunoslav Capak.

8:46 – We’re bringing pictures of Croatian cities from webcams around 8:30 this morning. Recall, epidemiologists recommend getting outside in fresh air, but not in large groups, and with a minimum of one-meter distance. See more here.



8:26 – In an interview with N1 television, a military commander revealed that of the 28 tents rising in front of KB Dubrava, 20 would be for the reception of patients, while eight would be for other purposes, changing rooms, equipment … tomorrow afternoon. The reporter at N1 also learned that a tent was being erected in front of the Zagreb Arena.


8:20 – Today Croatia has 113 coronavirus cases, including 11 of whom are doctors. One patient’s condition has worsened, and he was connected to a respirator.

Yesterday afternoon, it was also confirmed that the man in Istria who died was infected with the coronavirus. His wife and one son were also infected. Due to his death, Minister Beroš announced a health inspection at a hospital in Pula because the man’s family claimed that their doctor had not visited them for several days.

(Updates provided by Index)

Total Croatia News Coronavirus Coverage

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Total Slovenia News & Total Montenegro News Updates

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Live World Coronavirus Updates

  • Live world updates from CNN here.
  • Live world updates from The Guardian here.
  • Live world updates from Al Jazeera here.

Live World Health Organization Coronavirus Updates

  • Live updated international map tracking spread of coronavirus from Johns Hopkins CSSE here.
  • Live updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) here.

Live 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.

UPDATED: March 20, 2020 22:00 CET (Central European Time)

For the latest March 21 update click here.

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