ZAGREB, June 25, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday responded to the leader of the centre-left Restart coalition, Davor Bernardic about the parliamentary election being held in these insecure times of the coronavirus epidemic, saying that Croatia was a safe country and that the situation was under control.
“Croatia is a safe country. As for Bernardic’s comments, unlike him, we have retained jobs and employment and supported the workers. That means a responsible policy and a safe Croatia,” Plenkovic said during a visit to the eastern town of Pozega when asked by the press to comment on Bernardic’s statement that the HDZ had pushed Croatia into elections expecting to gain a political profit from the coronavirus crisis, thus putting citizens’ lives at risk.
Commenting on the spike in the number of new coronavirus cases in the country, the prime minister said that the situation was under control.
“We overcame the first wave of the outbreak with strong restrictive measures and moves to help businesses. We have the same number of people employed as before the crisis, which is excellent. Now we are seeing a rise in the number of infections. The virus is here with us, but none of the people are in critical condition or on ventilators,” Plenkovic said.
He said that lessons had been learned from March so that today Croatia has a resilient healthcare system, well-prepared medical staff, and doctors, as well as epidemiologists who are processing all contacts,
Considering an increased number of people coming from other countries, the rise in new cases is not unexpected and is not something that Croatia cannot cope with, he added.
“This is not dramatic because according to the information that I get, my impression is that there are no critical patients. I can’t say that the virus has mutated or that the summer COVID is milder, we will see that, but our services are keeping the situation under control and it will stay that way in the future,” Plenkovic said.