First Coronavirus Death in Croatia, Restaurant Owner in Brtonigla, Istria

By 19 March 2020

March 19, 2020 - The first coronavirus death in Croatia has been confirmed, the owner of a popular restaurant in Istria. 

The first coronavirus death in Croatia has been confirmed this morning, reports Index

Rumours of the first coronavirus death in Croatia started to circulate yesterday, when it was revealed that an Istrian man in self-isolation had died. Confirmation that the death was related to COVID-19 was delayed until test results were available, which they now are. 

He has been named Anton Nino Kernjus, the owner of a well-known restaurant in Istria, Konoba Astarea in Brtonigla.

Details are still emerging, and we will have a full update from this morning's press conference soon, as well as the daily update later. 

The first case of coronavirus in Croatia was recorded on February 25, 2020, and the current number of cases stands at 99, with two cases confirmed in Split last night, the furthest south the virus has spread. 

For the latest information, check the official government website, The website is in Croatian only, but Google Translate is your friend. 

For the latest COVID-19 coverage in Croatia in English, follow the dedicated TCN section