Croatian PM appeals to keep social distancing after earthquake

General view of the damage in the streets following an earthquake in Zagreb, Croatia, 22 March 2020. An magnitude 5.3 earthquake has shaken Croatia damaging buildings and cutting off electricity in a number of neighborhoods. EPA-EFE/ANTONIO BAT

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Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic called on citizens to remain outside their homes after a powerful earthquake rocked the country on Sunday morning.

Plenkovic and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic also appealed for people rushing onto the streets to keep social distances from each other as the country struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus. So far, Croatia has reported 206 cases of the virus and one death.

“We will do our utmost to make the best estimate of what to do at the moment. There are protocols when it comes to an earthquake. But when it comes to an earthquake combined with the global pandemic, then it is a much more complicated situation,” Bozinovic told local media.

Plenkovic said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.3 according to GFZ, was the biggest to hit Zagreb in 140 years. It struck 6 km north of the city and was felt across the Western Balkans.

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