Eighth case of coronavirus confirmed in Croatia


Another case of coronavirus in Croatia was confirmed on Monday morning, bringing up the total to eight since last week, the national civil protection authority said on Monday. The latest case was diagnosed at the Fran Mihaljevic Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Zagreb.

The latest person to be diagnosed was in contact with the man who had been quarantined last week in the Adriatic city of Rijeka after returning from Parma, Italy. The country’s first case was discovered on Tuesday in Zagreb, in a young man who had returned from a trip to Milan the week before.

A total of five persons are now quarantined in Rijeka, three at the local the hospital, and another two were put in isolation in their homes. Three persons are in quarantine at Zagreb’s Fran Mihaljevic hospital. According to Monday’s daily briefing, all patients identified so far are exhibiting only mild symptoms of the disease and are expected to recover.

Globvally, the novel coronavirus has now spread across every continent except for Antarctica since it had been first diagnosed in China in December. As of this week, the death toll surpassed 3,000, out of some 88,000 confirmed cases around the world.

In the EU countries, some 2,100 people have been diagnosed with the disease, including 38 deaths, EU’s Health Commissioner, Stella Kyirakides, said on Monday. Italy remains Europe’s worst-hit country, with 35 deaths and 1,700 infections. Two more people died in France, and one in the tiny state of San Marino.

The United States also reported first deaths over the weekend, both in elderly men who had pre-existing health conditions, both in the country’s northwestern state of Washington. The total number of confirmed case in the United States rose to 89 on Monday.