COVID-19 Team Head Says Shortening of Self-isolation Being Considered But…

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Photo: Dusko Jaramaz/PIXSELL
Photo: Dusko Jaramaz/PIXSELL

“Considering the still high numbers of new infections, we cannot say that the epidemic has reached its climax, especially when compared to other countries,” Božinović told reporters at an event at which 28 vehicles for traffic police were handed over at the Police Academy.

Božinović said that one should be optimistic regarding the spring and hope that a new variant of the coronavirus would not emerge.

Commenting on the recommendation by the European Commission on shortening the validity of COVID certificates for citizens vaccinated with two doses, he said that the certificates could be issued under rules applicable to all 27 EU members.

“We must issue certificates as regulated by the EU, otherwise you are not able to cross the border. That also means shorter validity for two doses and recovery,” he said, adding that a solution would be sought not to change anything for Croatian citizens.

A number of countries have shortened self-isolation to five days

Commenting on the possibility of shortening the period of quarantine, Božinović said that an important meeting would be held on Saturday between the national COVID-19 response team and representatives of the “Dr Andrija Štampar” public health institute.

“There is room for arranging things differently at the national level. Intensive talks are underway and confirmation is expected on Saturday,” he said.

He added that one was considering shortening the period of self-isolation because research increasingly justifies it.

A number of countries have shortened the period of isolation to five days so as not to jeopardise their public services and the functioning of the state, he said, adding that his department did not have problems with labour shortages due to self-isolation and sick leave.

“We are not at risk but we have been thinking about it,” he said.

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