Croatia registered 358 new coronavirus infections within 24 hours this Wednesday. This is a new record that coincides with the announcement of tightening restrictions in Split-Dalmatia, one of the regions hardest hit by the outbreaks of recent weeks.
With the data updated by Wednesday, there are already 8,888 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. At least 175 patients have died while the number of active cases has risen to 2,351.
The county of Split-Dalmatia, a well-known tourist destination on the Adriatic coast, concentrates 138 of the infections registered since Tuesday outside the capital Zagreb, where 67 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic has announced that new restrictions will come into force in Split-Dalmatia from Wednesday to Thursday at midnight. The head of the regional crisis cabinet, Luka Brkic, has stated that masks will be mandatory in all enclosed spaces with more than three people, while attendance at funeral weddings will be limited to a maximum of 50 people and family celebrations will be limited to 20 people.
Authorities have also suspended visits to old people’s homes, and gyms and sports centers are set to close their doors after multiple outbreaks have been detected in those facilities.