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Croatia bans public gatherings, sports events to limit coronavirus spread

Author Iskra Pavlova
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ZAGREB (Croatia), March 19 (SeeNews) - Croatia is introducing as of March 19 stricter measures on public gatherings and social events in an attempt to fight the coronavirus spread in the country, with the number of infected being on the rise, the government said on Thursday.

The new measures are recommended by the civil protection unit at the ministry of the interior and will be in force in the next 30 days, the government said in a statement.

They include a ban on public and religious gatherings and sports event, closure of restaurants and shops other than food retailers and pharmacies, closure of sports and recreational centres, as well as a temporary ban on passing through border crossings.

The civil protection unit reported in a separate statement that the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Croatia has risen to 89 by Wednesday evening. Five people have thus far recovered from the disease.

The first person to test positive for the COVID-19 in Croatia was registered on February 25. 

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