Fran Mihaljevic Clinic Press Conference: 5 People in Isolation

Lauren Simmonds

As we reported earlier today, the first case of coronavirus in Croatia has been confirmed. The individual in question is a younger man who holds Croatian citizenship and is currently in isolation at the Fran Mihaljevic Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb.

The hospitalised man is said to have contracted a milder form of the illness and is in good condition.

Owing to the turn of events, the Fran Mihaljevic Clinic in Zagreb convened a press conference at 16:00 today.

As Index writes on the 25th of February, 2020, the director of the Fran Mihaljevic Clinic said there have been no new confirmed cases of infection in Croatia other than the man in question. “As far as our hospital is concerned, this is a dynamic process, so we’re making extra room just in case,” she said.

As for the hospitalised young man, she says there is no new information. “Isolation means that the person inside is isolated alone, he has his own toilet, he is receiving treatment and food, the only thing he is barred from is going out, as well as visits,” she said.

“We currently have five people in isolation. For those in isolation, the investigations are ongoing,” she said. She added that nine people in Rijeka and those in the aforementioned Zagreb clinic have been isolated so far in Croatia.

“We have one case so far, there’s no need to panic, even if there are more,” said Dr. Alemka Markotic of Zagreb’s Fran Mihaljevic Clinic.

People who have been in contact with the infected patient are also being monitored and are under control but aren’t in the hospital. “Anyone who has been in contact with the patient will be contacted by a medical team,” she said.

Dr. Markotic said the man who has tested positive for coronavirus came to the hospital yesterday after having been in the popular Italian city of Milan with his girlfriend.

The man works at a technology company, and as was learned, he was at work on Friday. He was at a Champions League football match in Milan between Atalanta and Valencia. He went there with his girlfriend on February the 19th, 2020.

According to the information as things stand, the girl the man with coronavirus was with in Milan has not yet been tested.

Make sure to stay up to date with the situation by following this page for rolling updates as we get them.


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