March 13, 2020 / 10:56 AM / a month ago

Croatia closes schools for two weeks for coronavirus

FILE PHOTO: Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic arrives for the second day of the European Union leaders summit, held to discuss the EU's long-term budget for 2021-2027, in Brussels, Belgium, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia will close schools and universities for two weeks starting from Monday to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday.

The government will also allow postponements in tax payments, he said.

Croatia has so far recorded 31 cases of the coronavirus infection and one person has recovered. There have been no fatalities.

“From Monday there will be no classes in the schools and universities for two weeks. The classes will be organized through special TV programs and online,” Plenkovic said.

“We will allow postponement in payments of income and profit taxes as well as contributions from salaries. Lower income for municipalities on that basis will be compensated from the state budget,” he said.

Croatia had originally planned to run a 0.2% of gross domestic product budget surplus this year on growth projection of 2.5%, but the figures will almost certainly have to be revised.

Reporting by Igor Ilic; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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