Coronavirus: Croatia sees rise in cases due to holidaymakers

Interior minister voices possibility of 'tourist war'

13 August, 16:02

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, AUGUST 13 - A sharp rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in recent days in Croatia should be considered in light of the fact that the country at this time has 20-25% more people staying in its than other months of the year, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told state broadcaster HTV on Thursday. He noted that there are currently about 830,000 tourists on Croatia's Adriatic coast. Bozinovic is head of the Civil Protection Crisis Unit. On Wednesday, Croatia recorded some 130 new infections, a number that is second only to July 11 when there were 140. Between June and July there were between 30 and 60 new cases per day. Asked whether some information that has appeared in foreign media of tourists that had been infected while on holiday in Croatia might be part of a campaign by other countries in a battle to attract more tourists, the minister said this could not be ruled out. ''Of course, everyone is fighting for every tourist, as well as to keep one's own citizens in the country to ensure that they do not spend their money abroad,'' Bozinovic said. ''Croatia,'' he added, ''has brought in measures with which even this summer it managed to attract a large number of the visitors usually loyal to our coasts.'' The minister added that the epidemiological authorities had received official notification from other countries of people who had become infected with COVID-19 while on holiday in Croatia but that this number was much lower than what has been reported in foreign media. ''There are examples in which Croatia, following media reports of infections, contacted the authorities of these countries of origin of tourists but have not yet received official confirmation,'' Bozinovic noted. Though no country was mentioned specifically during the interview, most of the news of infections of holidaymakers returning from Croatia have come from Italy, Slovenia, and Austria. (ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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