Croatia is currently debating whether Prime Minister Andrej Plenković should self-isolate after being in close contact with Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković, who tested positive for COVID-19 during a tennis tournament in Zadar, Croatia. And this comes just two weeks before the country’s parliamentary elections on 5 July.
The opposition and the critics argue that given the fact that Plenković came into close contact with several tennis players who tested positive and self-isolated after participating in the tournament, the PM should do the same.
The PM has tested negative for the virus.
The ruling HDZ party (EPP) is using this argument to prevent their key player from leaving the scene two weeks before the elections and is even refusing to host the idea of postponing elections due to the epidemiological situation, arguing that the situation is still under control.
Croatia is currently experiencing a so-called ‘re-pandemic’ of coronavirus, and a spike has been recorded after the tournament was organised in Zadar, on the central Adriatic coast.
According to organisers, the tournament’s patient zero was Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, who chose to ignore obvious COVID-19 symptoms and thus jeopardised the health of spectators, participants and other players. Apart from Dimitrov and Đoković, Croatian tennis player Borna Ćorić has also tested positive for the virus. (Tea Trubić Macan, EURACTIV.hr)