Could Easing of Local Croatian Coronavirus Restrictions be Coming?

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Bozinovic appeared yesterday morning on the Croatian Radio Interview of the Week, during which he discussed the country’s excellent downward trend in the number of new infections and the potential easing of local Croatian coronavirus restrictions should the figures remain good.

“This is a continuation of the trend of decreasing numbers compared to the same day last week,” Bozinovic said.

February the 15th, which is the next date on which the current measures will be reviewed again, is knocking on the door, the measures are expected to ease, and new protests have been announced if they aren’t. Bozinovic said that the numbers are good, but that we mustn’t allow ourselves to get carried away and think that the virus has disappeared. He stated that in Slovakia, 70 percent of all newly infected people have the new British strain of the virus, which spreads much more rapidly.

“We’d rather not be doing any of this, nobody was even preparing for a pandemic to strike. Some films may have been made about pandemics, a couple of books have been written in recent years, but in fact, for the first time, the whole world is facing this contagion that has spread to every corner of the globe and everyone has the same priority – to protect people’s lives and also to make sure the economy still functions, and different measures are taken in that respect,” said Bozinovic.

”The fact is that Croatia has the least strict measures in the EU, and we’re still managing to lower the numbers,” he added.

“Our goal is to lower these numbers so much that we can say with confidence that everything is now under control and that we’re preparing for the period of the year that is actually crucial for the Croatian economy, and that is the tourist season,” he said.

He expressed understanding for the representatives of the sectors most affected by the pandemic.

”It’s totally clear that these people need to survive and that it’s all causing a lot of frustration,” he said, adding that they managed to awaken the importance of adhering to the measures in them. Bozinovic said that they did everything to prevent lockdown, and when that happened, the numbers started to fall and are still falling.

“If this trend continues, if we stabilise this decline, if it becomes even greater, we’ll certainly not waste time in altering something and that these facilities can be re-opened in part or under certain conditions,” he said.

When asked about the crowds in the cities, he said that the alternative was to declare a curfew, which he rejected as a possibility. “We will not imprison people at home,” Bozinovic said frankly.

Could the easing of local Croatian coronavirus restrictions be on the horizon? Maybe. Bozinovic stated that he isn’t ruling something like that out.

“I think we’ll be going in that direction, this time before the tourist season. I can’t say when, but in my opinion it isn’t a question of whether or not we will but when we will decide to go in that direction,” he concluded.

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