Krunoslav Capak Announces a Shortened Isolation Period of 10 Days for COVID-Infected

Daniela Rogulj



September 17, 2020 – In the latest coronavirus news in Croatia, Krunoslav Capak announces a shortened isolation period of 10 days. 

Novi List reports that the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, said on Wednesday that Croatia was ranked 10th in the European Union when it comes to deaths from COVID, and announced a decision to shorten the isolation period for coronavirus-infected people from 14 to ten days by the end of the week.

“The mortality rate in Croatia is about 55 per million inhabitants. We are in tenth on the list of EU countries, we are somewhere in the middle of the EU in that respect,” said Capak for Dnevnik Nova TV, talking about coronavirus mortality.

He confirmed that it was decided to shorten the isolation period of the infected to ten days, while the self-isolation of their contacts would remain for 14 days. He expects a document to be passed at the end of the week.

“The most likely option is that the isolation period of infected people will stop after ten days because it turned out that they are no longer contagious. We would not shorten the self-isolation for those who were in contact with the infected. This would stay for 14 days,” said Capak, adding that this follows the international trends in determining the length of isolation.

He also commented on the number of newly infected in recent days, stating that there is a slight downward trend in the number of patients.

Asked if he still thinks that the number of newly infected will decline at the end of September, Capak said that “the situation is improving”.

According to the evidence, if they were to come into contact with an infected person, those who have already recovered from the coronavirus should not isolate three months after they were infected, Capak said.

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