CROATIA, September 24, 2020 — Slovenian government spokesman for COVID-19, Jelko Kacin said on Thursday that Croatia, despite a noticeable trend of reduction in the number of new infections, still does not meet the conditions for removal from the Slovenian list of epidemiologically unsafe destinations.
“In Croatia, the amount of new infections is still high and above 40 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days,” Jelko Kacin explained at a press conference.
Journalists often ask him at press conferences when the government will remove Croatia from the red list. It’s not a secret that Croatia is very popular among Slovenian tourists and for those who own real estate there. But currently, they can only enter the country in exceptional cases, Index reports. That is, if they own real estate or vessels in Croatia. Furthermore, they have to return within 48 hours.
Earlier in the day, Kacin announced that the Slovenian government could change the criteria for defining epidemiologically safe destinations. It depends on how the other EU members decide collectively to harmonize the criteria. Preferably, passages through internal borders within the EU would be harmonized during the second wave of the epidemic.
Theoretically, Slovenia is in favor of harmonizing the criteria. But according to Kacin, this topic has not yet been resolved at the EU level. In meantime, the criteria for determining epidemiological safety remains under the jurisdiction of national governments.
Kacin on Revision of Epidemiological Lists
“Given the deteriorating situation in the region, the Slovenian government will revise its epidemiological lists next week,” Kacin added. “Because of the large increase of new cases in Austria, which is still on Slovenia’s “green” list, citizens will be advised not to travel there either except for emergencies,” he added.
As for Hungary, where, according to the Slovenian government spokesman, the epidemiological situation is very challenging and “similar to that in BiH”, Kacin commented that Hungary “closed itself” because it had closed borders for foreigners. So, the issue is relevant because there is very little traffic on the border with Slovenia.
Kacin argued that the situation in Slovenia, regarding the development of the second epidemic wave, is better than in all neighboring countries. However, Italy has a slightly lower amount of infections than Slovenia during the past 14 days.
He also commented on the fact that Germany put a Slovenian province on its “red” list. Kacin said it was a sign that the German embassy in Ljubljana was closely monitoring the epidemiological situation in Slovenia. Especially in the western part of the country, where the large increase in cases was due to hotspots in Pivka and the poultry company of the same name. That is why Berlin put part of Slovenia on the red list.