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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The Slovenian government has reinstated the Czech Republic, with the exception of the Moravian-Silesian region, on the green list of epidemiologically safe countries, with the decision taking effect on Tuesday.
In announcing the news, the government’s Communication Office said the decision was made following a briefing on the situation of Covid-19 in the two countries by the National Institute of Public Health.
The Czech Republic was placed on the so-called yellow list with Croatia on Saturday. The Moravian-Silesian region in the east of the Czech Republic remains on the yellow list.
???? Slovinsko vrací ČR od 7. 7. zpět na seznam bezpečných zemí, výjimkou je Moravskoslezský kraj. Doporučujeme mít s sebou čestné prohlášení o tom, že cestující nepobýval v uplynulých 14ti dnech v Moravskoslezském kraji. ℹ️ Vzor čestného prohlášení ➡ https://t.co/IZvKoB71EI
— MZV ČR (@mzvcr) July 7, 2020
Slovenian citizens and foreigners residing permanently or temporarily in Slovenia from members of the EU yellow zone or the Schengen area are not quarantined under certain conditions.
This includes proving that they own property or a vessel there, or producing an original accommodation invoice.
If they are unable to prove this, they are considered to be arriving in Slovenia from a high-risk country and subject to a two-week quarantine.
Slovenian citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia from members of the EU green list or the Schengen area are not quarantined.
Persons who have a temporary or permanent residence in these countries are free to enter Slovenia without any restrictions or quarantine either.
RegioJet has announced it will stop selling train tickets to Ljubljana due to a change in travel conditions to Slovenia.
The train connections from the Czech Republic to Croatia will not be affected by the new restriction. The carrier allows all the passengers to request the ticket cancellation and refunds, said RegioJet spokesman Aleš Ondrůj.
Passengers will receive further information via SMS.
One-way fares tickets to Croatia cost CZK 590 per person, with the compartments available for groups. Berths in couchette coaches for individuals or groups start at CZK 790 per person.
All fares include seat reservation, free coffee, and breakfast, WiFi, and access to free entertainment services.
The service will operate three times a week between the Croatian coastal town of Rijeka and Prague, Pardubice, Brno, and Břeclav in the Czech Republic, Bratislava in Slovakia, and Csorna in Hungary.
The service will run between June 30 and September 26, and the fact that as many as 30 thousand tickets were sold in the first two weeks speaks clearly about the great interest for this offer.
The service also includes bus connections to 30 locations on the Croatian coast, which will be available for an additional fee of CZK 200 or 300 depending on the distance.
RegioJet a.s. is a private Czech provider of rail and bus passenger transport and a leading long-distance railway company in Central Europe. They have 20 million passengers a year, 11 million in rail and 9 million in bus transport.