Croatia prepared to hospitalise 20 COVID-19 patients from Czechia and Slovakia

Croatia’s chief epidemiologist Krunoslav Capak said on Tuesday that there was no COVID-19 passport, but that there was a COVID-19 inoculation certificate that could be used for medical purposes. [Shutterstock/Antonio Batinic]

Croatia is ready to hospitalise 10 COVID-19 patients from the Czech Republic and Slovakia respectively, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković tweeted on Tuesday. His announcement came after a conversation with Czech PM Andrej Babiš and Slovak PM Igor Matovič.

“I have conveyed Croatia’s readiness to hospitalise about 10 COVID-19 patients each from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, if necessary, taking into consideration the fact that their respective health systems are under strain,” Plenković wrote on his Twitter account, adding that his country is showing its solidarity with EU countries whose healthcare systems are struggling with the pandemic.

Croatia’s chief epidemiologist Krunoslav Capak said on Tuesday that there was no COVID-19 passport, but that there was a COVID-19 inoculation certificate that could be used for medical purposes.

“It is certain that for some time decisions on crossing the border will be based on the certificate of inoculation,” Capak told the press in Zagreb, adding that it is in Croatia’s interest to support such a proposal.

Capak cited the example of Greece and Israel’s mutual recognition of inoculation certificates, however, Croatia has not yet agreed on this matter. The head of the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) admitted that it was still too early to speak about COVID-19 passports and if those vaccinated will be able to travel however.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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