Robert Koch Institute Discusses German Coronavirus Fears About Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 11th of August, 2020, all major portals carried the news that nightclubs in Croatia are sources of the spread of the new coronavirus, as well as infection, although a lot of the data appears contradictory and in fact there is no absolute way in which to determine where the virus is coming from.

Deutsche Welle journalist Srecko Matic said that according to the Robert Koch Institute from Berlin, Germany, which monitors the coronavirus pandemic across Germany, 66 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been imported from Croatia in the last month, N1 television reports.

“In recent days, the danger and fear of importing the new coronavirus has been growing, not only because many Germans have gone away on holiday, but also because certain workers are returning from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. According to the Robert Koch Institute, most cases were imported from Kosovo, 608, followed by Turkey, 227, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia with 66.

However, Matic believes that there will be no change given the recommendations for travel and stay in Croatia from the German authorities.

“Croatia is doing well, better than in some German provinces where the number of cases has greatly increased. I doubt that stricter measures will be introduced, such as those for parts of Spain or the Bulgarian coast that are marked as risky areas to travel to,” he stated

He added that all major portals have spread the news that nightclubs in Croatia are sources of infection, although a lot of the information, as stated, is contradictory at best and it remains impossible to determine the sources of outbreaks of this nature.

“It’s not a good advertisement, but it won’t affect anything. The Germans don’t even have an alternative. Air traffic has collapsed, Spain and Turkey are too far away, and going to Croatia with fast highways is the simplest choice for them,” he concluded.

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