Holidays in Croatia: 107 Czechs returned with coronavirus

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Croatia has long been one of the most popular summer destinations for Czech tourists. According to the Czech Statistical Office, 740,000 of them spent a multi-day stay there last year. According to the Croatian Tourist Board, there were more than 107,000 Czechs in the country. To date, 5,870 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 160 of whom have died. The most infected are in the capital Zagreb, but tourists are more likely to go to the coast.

The ministry warns that the exact location of the infection is uncertain. “The incubation period of covid-19 disease ranges from two to 14 days, on average five to six days, but we also encounter cases where the first symptoms did not appear until the end of the incubation period. For this reason, the place and time of the infection cannot be determined with certainty, especially in a situation where we do not know the source, ie we do not know whether the person was in contact with a confirmed case, “points out the Ministry of Health.

The disease is spreading to other countries

According to data from the Ministry of Health, Czechs who were diagnosed with the infection in the past week were probably also infected in Slovakia (10), Poland (6), Spain (4) or Malta (4).

Since the beginning of the holidays, most people have fallen ill after returning from Croatia (107), Austria (23), Slovakia (20) and Serbia (10). According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic considers only Egypt and Romania to be risky countries. One Czech became infected in Egypt and four in Romania.

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The Austrians became infected in Makarska

In Austria, authorities register 23 people who contracted coronavirus on holiday in the popular Croatian resort of Makarska. Therefore, Austrian hygienists recommend to all those who return from Makarska to closely monitor for any symptoms of the disease and, if necessary, to contact healthcare professionals.

According to the APA, it worked in all cases for tourists who traveled to the sea individually by car. People who went to the sea with their families, members of smaller groups of friends and those who went on holiday alone became infected.

Highest level of warning

Therefore, Austria today announced the highest level of warning against travel to Croatia. It will take effect on Monday. “Due to the epidemic development in Croatia, we are issuing the highest level of warning for the whole country,” said the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He called on Austrian citizens to not to travel to Croatia unless absolutely necessary.

According to the APA agency, the office “strongly” urged tourists already in the country to return to Austria. According to the APA, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning against travel to Croatia due to the deteriorating situation in this country, but also due to the growing number of Austrian tourists whose infection was confirmed after returning from vacation on the Adriatic.

Italy orders tests to returnees from Croatia

As of Thursday, Italy is demanding that travelers return to Croatia, Greece, Spain and Malta to be tested for coronavirus. The decree was signed by Health Minister Roberto Speranza and the regulation is still in force until September 7, the ANSA agency said. The authorities want to reduce the number of imported cases from countries they now consider risky thanks to a new rule.

The obligation to be tested within 48 hours of crossing the Italian border applies for all those who have resided in the countries for a long time, but also for those who just passed through them. Until they have a negative result in hand, they must remain in quarantine. Another option is to present a confirmation of a negative coronavirus test result upon arrival, which will not be older than 72 hours.

On Wednesday, the Italian Ministry of Health recommended to the regions to perform coronavirus testing on people returning from trips from the four countries mentioned. As of today, it is already mandatory.

In Italy, the number of newly detected cases has recently risen slightly again. On Wednesday, 481 were newly infected, 412 the day before. Agostino Miozzo, a member of the government’s commission of experts, therefore warned that some quarantine measures may need to be renewed in some places due to the increase in new cases. Experts are now monitoring the situation in the southern Italian regions of Apulia and Calabria. The Calabrian governor ordered the closure of discos and dance halls due to the spreading plague.

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