Croatia loses tourists as Covid-19 infections rise

As the summer tourism season neared its end, Croatia recorded an increase in coronavirus infections and was put on some states’ ‘red lists’ of epidemiological unsafe countries. Croatia’s authorities said the country registered 136 new infections on Monday amid a rise in cases which has delivered a late blow to the summer tourism season.

In the first ten days of August, the number of newly infected people per day was relatively low and did not exceed 100, but from mid-August, numbers have risen. This led to Croatia being put on the epidemiological warning lists of Austria, Britain and Slovenia, countries that are an important source of tourism revenue.

Last Friday, when Croatia reported a record single-day jump in infections for the third day in a row, Health Minister Vili Beros said that this was “a consequence of the fact that Croatia was open to tourism”. Gordan Lauc, a member of the government’s Scientific Council, told public broadcaster HRT on Saturday that the increase in cases was due to an increase in testing and insisted that “nothing much has changed in Croatia in the last six weeks”.

Despite the pandemic, the Adriatic country still managed to attract some foreign tourists as it recorded a relatively low number of infections in July, suggesting that it was a safe destination for a summer holiday.

Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac said on Sunday that she was satisfied with this year's tourist season, with tourist turnover standing at 50% of last year's turnover – 20% higher than had been expected amid the pandemic.

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