Croatian PM Plenkovic Currently Has No Plans for New “Lockdown”

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 19th of October, 2020, as the number of newly infected people in Croatia grows and in recent days exceeds the numbers from 800 to 1000 people, rumours of a totally new lockdown are beginning to circulate, which according to many would be absolutely disastrous for the Croatian economy. Croatian PM Plenkovic, however, is steering clear of such moves.

From the appeals of enterprises and entrepreneurs across the country to the sporadic protests of hairdressers and those in the catering and hospitality sector, the messages about the possible consequences of a new lockdown on the economy are frighteningly clear.

”We’re going to do everything we can to appeal to reason. So far, we have no plans for a new lockdown, but we must also raise the level of responsibility,” Croatian PM Plenkovic assured on Saturday when he appeared on N1 Television. Plenkovic emphasised that everyone is aware of what another lockdown and the closure of the economy would mean for the country, because, if they weren’t aware of the scale of the damage, he said later, the government would not have given six billion kuna to Croatian companies in support.

“We’ll do everything we can to appeal to reason. So far we have no plans for a new lockdown, but we also need to raise the level of responsibility. I understand that people are having a hard time, that they’re frustrated, nervous. This situation is happening to everyone. Some countries are taking restrictive measures once again. But if we aren’t disciplined then we won’t win this. That’s how things stand across the whole of the EU,” said Croatian PM Plenkovic.

819 newly confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 virus were recorded on Sunday, and the number of active cases in Croatia is above 5000. Among them, 548 patients were hospitalised yesterday, of which 32 were on a respirator.

Since February the 25th, 2020, when the first case of this infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 25,580 people have become infected with the new coronavirus and have been recorded to date.

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