Coronavirus – Situation in Croatia

Croatia, like the rest of the world, is affected by Coronavirus or Covid-19.

Croatia takes the situation very seriously and like most other affected countries it has taken emergency measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Here are some information about the current situation in Croatia.

1- Number of cases

April 1st, 2020, there are so far 963 cases of people infected with the coronavirus in Croatia including:
884 active cases
73 recovered patient
6 death

2- Isolation or quarantine

More than 10,000 people must stay in isolation at home because they are suspected of carrying the coronavirus.
Anyone in isolation who leaves their home faces a 3-year prison sentence.

3- Closed schools

All kindergarten, schools and universities are closed in Croatia since March 16, 2020 for at least 14 days.

Students take classes at home in two ways:
For pupils from elementary school from 1st grade to 4th grade (there is no 5th grade in primary school in Croatia) lessons are on TV, on the third national channel from 8:00 am and last for two hours.
8 am-10 am – 1st grade
10 am-12 am – 2nd grade
12 am-2 pm – 3rd grade
2 pm – 4 pm – 4th grade
These classes can be viewed later at any time on TV or on Youtube channel Škola na Trećem.

Middle and high school students take lessons online and therefore need a tablet or a computer. Tablets were provided to students who don’t have one. Students take 4 to 5 lessons per day.

In the same way, students of universities follow classes from their home.

4- What about events?

All over Croatia, sport and cultural events have been canceled.

5- Where are people infected with the virus?

People infected with coronavirus are mainly found in Istria, Zagreb and in the region around Zagreb.

6 – What about the rest of the country?

First persons infected by the coronavirus have been reported the 18th of March in the towns of Zadar and Split.

7 – What other measures have been taken?

On March 16, Croatia moved to stage 2 of the corononavirus epidemic. At this stage the government closed all the schools and prohibited any gathering. The government is asking everyone in Croatia to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel.

On March 19, Croatia moved to stage 3. At this stage all the restaurants and cafes closed their doors, as well as all the services which are not essential to life. Bakeries and other grocery stores and pharmacies remain open.

8 – Hand hygiene

People in Croatia are aware that they have to wash their hands often with soap and / or hand sanitizer. Posters explaining the correct way to wash hands have been placed in schools and public places.

9- Keep distance

People are asked to avoid contact with other people and to stay at least one meter from each other.

10- Closings of public places

All public places are closed, cinemas, theaters, shopping centers and other gathering places are all closed.

Living in Split in Croatia myself, I would say that we are trying to adapt like everyone else to this new situation which is completely unknown to us.
We try as best we can to continue to live normally while respecting the instructions given and without panicking. As soon as Croatia passed to stage 2 butcher shops and many shops got emptied, even if the big supermarket chains asked people to stay calm and promised that they will not miss anything.
At that time soap, hand sanitizer and toilet paper were the most purchased items in addition to food. There were no more face masks to buy since a long time already. We also saw queues outside pharmacies. Everyone therefore was stocking up in case that stores will no longer be supplied.
In a country that produces little and that lives mainly from tourism we are scared about what could happen and we hope that this unfortunate situation ends as quickly as possible for the health of all and for the economy of the country.

Post by: Delphine Pavlak

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