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Italy requests testing for passengers from Spain, Greece, Croatia and Malta (UPDATE)

Christian Fernsby |
Italy introduced rapid testing for coronairus in ports, airports and border crossings for arrivals from several countries.

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The procedure is expected to kick off with rapid tests in airports, according to Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

Passengers getting off a returning flight from the enlisted countries must stop at the airports, take the test, and wait for the result.

The measures will apply for Spain and Greece, with Malta and Croatia next on the list.

The same procedure may be extended to disembarking passengers from ships and ferries in the near future.


"It is a kind of special war," Krunoslav Capak, Director of Croatian Institute of Public Health, commented Italian decision to test passengers returning to Italy from Croatia.

In the past 24 hours, Croatia recorded 180 new cases, so the number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 811.

Among them, 115 patients are in hospital, of which 10 are on a respirator. In the past 24 hours, 1,201 people were tested.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 6,050 people infected with the new coronavirus have been recorded, of which 180 in the past 24 hours.

5,078 people have recovered, and 161 people have died so far. To date, a total of 133,493 people have been tested, of which 1,201 in the past 24 hours.

According to data from the eVisitor system, from 1-9 August, more than a million tourist arrivals and 7.2 million overnight stays were recorded in Croatia, which is about 70 percent of last year’s result achieved in the same period, the Croatian National Tourist Board announced on Monday.

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