Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Wednesday that a new lockdown could only be expected as a last resort if the situation escalated so much so that there was no other option.
Croatia today registered 1,424 new cases of the coronavirus infection. Asked whether more restrictive measures, such as a curfew, are being considered, he said that there were two methods.
One method is to view the problem rationally, take measures and raise public awareness of the seriousness of a problem, which is what we are doing, Plenkovic said.
Restrictive measures inevitably lead to negative economic effects, but at the same time state and public institutions receive their salaries, pensioners receive their pensions, and the private sector will get €1 billion. We are taking care of the general interest, he said.
A curfew, restrictive measures, a new lockdown, they are a last resort if the situation escalates so much so that there is no other option, Plenkovic said.
I believe in the strength, vigilance and responsibility of the Croatian people, he added.
He reiterated that the problem of the pandemic should not be underestimated.
If this were nothing, there would not be 40 million infections in the world, there would not be restrictive measures in Slovenia. We have to get serious, the question is whether we will approach the problem seriously or in a way that will lead to confusion, Plenkovic said.