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New stricter coronavirus measures to come into effect in Croatia from Friday midnight

Christian Fernsby |
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday that the new measures aimed at containing the coronavirus outbreak, which the government presented this afternoon, would be in force from Saturday, November 28 until Monday, December 21.

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All restaurants and cafes will be closed. Restaurants are allowed to prepare and deliver food that will be in compliance with all measures or personal collection, delivery, and drive in services. Hotels and camps can only serve guests who use the accommodation service.

Shops and malls will remain open. A notice must be posted at the entrance informing the maximum number of customers who can be in the space at the same time.

At least 4m2 of space for each customer must be secured. Enhanced hygiene and daily cleaning of the space is mandatory. The working hours for bakeries are limited to 10 pm, and there is a ban on the sale of alcohol from 10 pm to 6 am.

No more than 10 people can attend private gatherings and ceremonies. Wedding ceremonies are suspended. A maximum of 25 people can be present at funerals, and condolences must not be expressed through close contact.

Occupancy in public transport can not exceed 40 percent of available seating. Drivers, employees, and passengers are required to wear face masks. Control will be carried out by inspectors of the Ministry of Transport, police officers.

There is no ban on holding masses, only the recommendation to hold masses online or in other ways which do not require turning up to the church. When asked why this was so, Plenković said: " You did not listen, there are no church choirs."

When announcing the new measures, Plenković said not a word about compensation for companies that are not allowed to work until at least December 21 due to the today's decisions of the government.

For the introduction of new measures, Plenković accused the citizens and their non-compliance with the measures. Both doctors and a significant number of scientists and epidemiologists had been literally begging him for weeks to introduce stricter measures.

In the past day, Croatia recorded 4,009 new cases. The number of currently ill (active cases) in Croatia today is 21,725.

Among them, 2,171 patients are in hospital, of which 252 are on respirators. In the past day, 2,924 people recovered and 11,487 were tested.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 115,626 people infected with the new coronavirus have been recorded, of which 4,009 in the past day.

92,349 people recovered, of which 2,924 in the past day. In the past day, 51 people have died, 1,552 in total.

To date, a total of 713,729 people have been tested, of which 11,487 in the last day.

There are currently 50,165 people in self-isolation.


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