İrem UZUN -TDO- Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for coronavirus, government spokesman Marko Milic said on Monday evening.
Plenkovic was earlier ordered to self-isolate because his wife had tested positive for the virus. He had initially tested negative but a new test on Monday was positive, the cabinet said in a statement, adding that he would isolate for 10 days. “The prime minister feels well. He performs his duties from home and will continue to follow instructions from doctors and epidemiologists,” Milic said.
After broadly keeping its caseload under control, Croatia has been battling a steep surge of infections in recent weeks, with some 2,300 patients currently hospitalized in the country of 4.2 million. On Monday authorities announced a record 74 deaths in the past 24 hours. Health Minister Vili Beros also recently tested positive for the virus but said Monday he would resume work. Hospitals in Croatia are struggling with a surge in patients, limited beds and equipment and staff shortages, as more than 1,000 doctors have themselves become infected.