Minister Bozinovic Talks Next Phase of Measure Relaxions, COVID Passports?

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Krunoslav Capak commented that this is the first time that the number of daily infections recorded is unfortunately higher when compared to what it was the week before.

”As for the 14-day incidence, the highest is in Split-Dalmatia County, and the lowest in Istria County. In the European Union, Croatia is in third place, only Finland and Denmark have a lower incidence than Croatia,” Capak said at a press conference of the Civil Protection Headquarters.

In terms of the overall mortality rate, we are in 19th place out of 27 European Union countries, Capak added, noting that Croatia now has 11 confirmed cases of the so-called British strain.

”Something that is new is that the Croatian Institute for Public Health has introduced a screening test for new coronavirus patients and yesterday we tested 17 samples, of which we have 10 suspicions of a new variant, and we sent all of those samples off for confirmation to the ”Dr. Fran Mihaljevic” Infectious Diseases Clinic. We will then get confirmation whether they are the British strain or not,” said Capak.

How about the next set of measure relaxations?

”For us, the next point we need to reach is the end of this month and the beginning of next month. We’ll certainly continue to make decisions based on reflection and based on models. We must be aware that caution must absolutely continue to be maintained and that the measures must continue to be implemented in a disciplined manner,” explained Minister Bozinovic.

“This mustn’t be a gamble” he added.

Minister Bozinovic also commented on the introduction of COVID passports, which has been a hot topic of debate for many, emphasising that the Croatian Government intends to do absolutely everything in its power to ensure we have a successful tourist season.

“This is a sensitive matter because in Europe it is considered that there should be no discrimination, so we’re going to be acting practically. Surely these talks will intensify and we’ll see how we can do everything to get tourism started, to record a more successful tourist season than we had last year. We achieved about 50 percent of the results from our record year of 2019, and in that respect we are ahead of all our friends from Europe,” concluded Minister Bozinovic.

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