Public Health Institute Wants These People to Come for Coronavirus Tests

By 3 December 2021

December the 3rd, 2021 - The Omicron variant, a new variant of concern (VOC) which first appeared in Southern Africa has begun spreading across the world, with cases having already appeared across Europe. The Croatian Institute of Public Health (CNIPH) has called upon a certain group of people to come and get coronavirus tests.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, due to the emergence of yet another new variant of the novel coronavirus, which has been named Omicron, the Croatian Institute of Public Health is asking for all people who have recently spent time in several Southern African nations to come and get their coronavirus tests.

For the purpose of timely detection of the introduction and spread of the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 virus variant in the Republic of Croatia, all people who arrived back into Croatia from the Southern Africa region fourteen days ago are invited to apply for their coronavirus tests at their territorially competent public health institute.

This invitation applies to all people who arrived in Croatia on the 18th of November or later on from the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe or the Republic of Mozambique, regardless of the presence of potential symptoms of the illness, their vaccination status against COVID-19 or whether or not they've previously contracted and since overcome the illness caused by the novel virus.

The call for these individuals to come for coronavirus tests, either PCR testing or rapid antigen testing, has been sent out based on a recently introduced Decision of the Civil Protection Directorate of the Republic of Croatia on the application of special epidemiological measures when crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia from the 30th of November 2021, the statement said.

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