Croatia re-imposes restrictions after record virus case increase

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Croatia, on Wednesday, reported 358 new infections over the past 24 hours, the country’s highest daily increase since the onset of the pandemic.
The new infections bring the number of active cases in Croatia, a country of 4.19 million, to 2,351, with 7,993 residents in self-isolation.

Overall, there have been 8,888 cases in Croatia and 175 related deaths.

Earlier, previous record new case tally was recorded, as the country experienced its worst fortnight since the pandemic began.

However, out of the new cases, 138 were registered in the Split-Dalmatia region, home to a number of popular tourist destinations along the Adriatic coast.

Another 67 cases were reported in the capital Zagreb.

Croatia’s Interior Minister, Davor Bozinovic, however, said restrictions would be re-introduced in Split-Dalmatia from midnight (2200 GMT) on Wednesday.

The Head of the regional crisis task force, Luka Brkic, told newsmen in Split that from Thursday, masks would be mandatory in all enclosed areas with more than three persons.

Mask-wearing will be compulsory in cafes and restaurants while not eating or drinking, as well as in museums and religious services.

Weddings and funerals will be limited to 50 people and family celebrations to 20, while visits to care homes will be suspended.
Gyms and sports centres will close after a number of outbreaks.

Croatia’s EU neighbours, including Italy, Slovenia and Austria are warning against travelling there, with Germany warning against visits to two coastal regions, including Split-Dalmatia.

Many tourists have since left, with those travelling by car jamming some border points over the weekend.

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