Croatian health authorities reported 225 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Thursday, an unprecedented number since the beginning of the pandemic that has helped keep countries like Germany on guard that are now recommending not to travel there Croatian coast.
Infections have increased in the past week to bring the preliminary number of active cases to 1,689. This is a crucial moment for the tourism sector, which is considered to be the economic engine in Croatia.
The German Foreign Ministry updated its recommendations on Thursday to point out that the infection rate in Croatia has been low, “but has increased dramatically”. For this reason, it is recommended not to travel to the two hardest hit regions, Sibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia, both of which are tourist destinations, and to apply quarantines for returnees.
Italy and Austria sounded the alarm for Croatia last week, while Slovenia is planning to take the move on Friday. Slovenia also confirmed a record of infections this Thursday, most of the cases attributing to people from the neighboring country.