“From the start, we introduced a restricted COVID certificate mandate in Croatia and are following everything that is going on. However, the measure will stay for the time being, including the use of COVID certificates as it is,” Božinović told the press.
Capak said earlier today that a partial abolishment of COVID certificates was being considered because they are losing in importance since the appearance of the Omicron variant and the fact that this year Croatia has registered 40,000 reinfections.
Božinović said the crisis management team would continue to follow developments in Croatia, the world and Europe, recalling that in some European countries it is not possible to enter a bar, a restaurant or a hotel without a COVID certificate, and that Germany has announced easing restrictions just before Easter.
“At the moment, we are still not in that situation,” he said, adding that incidence in Croatia is still high.
“Let’s be realistic, those advocating a major abolishment (of restrictions) have higher vaccination rates,” he said, but would not specify the number of new daily cases which would be acceptable to abolish the certificates.
Božinović said 125,000 infections had been detected since the certificates were mandated in public services and that this had slowed down the spread of the virus and ensured the functioning of all public services.
Letter to border police on how to treat migrants
The minister also commented on a letter to border police on how to treat migrants, saying that it consisted of instructions which took into account vulnerable groups and respect for the law and that they were police station-level guidelines.
He added that the instructions stated that “consideration should be given with regard to video recordings and other activities that are not allowed in border areas under the law,” adding that there was nothing contentious about that.