Croatia Reports 140 New Cases: Face Masks Will Be Mandatory Indoor

There were 116 new COVID-19 cases reported in Croatia in the last 24 hours, the most in a 24-hour period since the first recorded case back in February, the national crisis management team said in a statement on Friday.

As Jutarnji reported, the Civil Protection Headquarters have reintroduced a number of restrictions, including the obligatory wearing of face masks in shops.

As of Monday, 13 July, wearing protective masks is mandatory for all medical staff, persons visiting their relatives in hospitals, workers in the hospitality industry, people using public transport and in shops.

Guests in catering facilities will not have to wear masks.

Speaking to NOVA TV the Interior Minister, Davor Bozinovic, said that “masks in shops will be obligatory from the beginning of next week. It doesn’t have to be a medical mask, but I reiterate, autumn could be a more serious challenge, and then the measures could be a little tighter.”

“We have also discussed the situation on the border. It has improved significantly but considering the worsening of the epidemiological situation in neighboring countries, we will definitely make criteria for entry into Croatia stricter and introduce 14-day self-isolation as well as shorter periods of self-isolation if a person takes a PCR test,” said Health Minister Vili Beros.

According to the Croatian Institute of Public Health, 3,672 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the country since February 25.

As of Friday afternoon, 118 patients had succumbed to the disease, and 2,377 had recovered. The National Civil Protection Headquarters said on Friday that 91,486 people had been tested since February, 1,722 of them in the last 24 hours.



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