Croatia confirms 22 new COVID-19 cases, masks compulsory in public transport

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Twenty-two new cases of infection with the novel COVID-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours, bringing their total number to 2,388, the national coronavirus crisis management team said on Wednesday.

Eleven of the new cases were reported in the City of Zagreb, four in Osijek-Baranja County, two in Istria County and one each in Zagreb County, Krapina-Zagorje County, Vukovar-Srijem County, Zadar County and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

A total of 73,738 samples have been tested to date, including 645 in the last 24 hours. Eighteen people are receiving hospital treatment and none are on ventilators. The death toll remains at 107.

Three patients have been discharged from hospital, and currently there are 139 active cases.

Masks compulsory in public transport, self-isolation for passengers from 4 countries

As of midnight Wednesday, masks will be compulsory for all passengers and drives in public transport while people entering Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia will have to go into 14-day self-isolation.

"A special regime has been determined for entry into Croatia for persons coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia. They will be obliged to self-isolate for 14 days upon entering Croatia. This does not apply to passengers transiting through Croatia," the authority's head, Davor Božinović, said.

Božinović said that the authority had adopted yet another decision for the compulsory wearing of medical masks or face masks in public transport vehicles.

"Drivers and other employees and passengers will be obliged to use medical masks or face protection masks. Providers of public transport services must not provide that service to passengers who do not have a medical mask or face mask," said Božinović.

Both these decisions enter into force at midnight tonight.

Text: Hina