National Civil Protection Headquarters Staff Meet with PM Andrej Plenkovic

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 21st of August, 2020, members of the National Civil Protection Headquarters met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic recently and discussed the numbers recorded in the last few days, as unfortunately records are being broken for the number of newly infected people with coronavirus. Krunoslav Capak commented on the epidemiological situation for Nova TV.

Krunoslav Capak says that he, Davor Bozinovic, Alemka Markotic and Vili Beros were at the meeting with the Prime Minister and exchanged information and commented on the situation, but didn’t come to any conclusions. They will soon invite representatives of local headquarters to Zagreb for a meeting to discuss activities and measures that await us in autumn.

“We think the measures are good. Unfortunately, not everyone sticks to them. A lot of people came, the tourist season is above expectations. A lot of young people are on the coast, and the symptoms of the disease are favourable to us, most of those who get sick have no symptoms, so they act as if nothing is happening and have fun in nightclubs and outside of them, and now when they’re return home inland, they’re turning out to be even more positive than expected.

It’s important to catch them as much as possible when returning from these risky events and places, isolate then and put their contacts in isolation,” said Capak for Nova TV, adding that epidemiologists are working intensively on that.

Capak also explained why Croatia doesn’t have a list of countries from which it would be forbidden to enter the country. He says the criteria was agreed upon before the season according to European Union recommendations which were to open borders to countries with a similar epidemiological situation.

“Our goal was to invite as many EU citizens as possible to Croatia,” he said, noting that most European countries are “green towards Croatia.” But he added that “we’re intensively considering putting some countries on the red list, those with a higher incidence of infection than us. We’re in the middle,” he said.

He also pointed out that the criteria for the number of infected per 100,000 inhabitants is relative and that most of the countries that put Croatia on their “red lists” have adopted these measures only temporarily. When asked about the new masks that allegedly destroy the new coronavirus themselves, he answered that they received this information and those at the National Civil Protection Headquarters, including his own assistants, tried to find the literature, but there is no information about that.

“It is important to say that any such protective mask that is declared to be virucidal should be tested. For now, we don’t have confirmation of that and I’d therefore not recommend them,” said Capak, adding that they asked HALMED for information about these masks.

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