July 10, 2020 - Laboratories of the Institute of Public Health analyzed 468 samples, of which 58 were positive for COVID-19. These are patients from Rožaje 19, Berane 14, Podgorica 13, Bar 5, Cetinje 3, Kotor 2, Bijelo Polje 1, and Nikšić 1. There are currently 733 active cases in Montenegro.
"During the day, two deaths were reported at the General Hospital in Berane. The results of laboratory analyzes are awaited for both deceased persons. Until the arrival of the laboratory certificate, the total number of confirmed deaths since the beginning of June from COVID-19 remains ten. In the last 24 hours, five patients have recovered, "said the Institute of Public Health.
Director of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro (IJZCG) and member of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) Boban Mugoša said that since the beginning of June the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection is 753, with ten deaths and 10 recovered COVID-19 patients. There are currently 733 active cases in Montenegro.
"We have a serious situation with a large number of patients and an infection spreading," Mugoša pointed out at the NKT press conference.
He said that such a situation was expected after the epidemiological "calm."
"It is complicated to control the spread of the infection, but we are making efforts. All this is accompanied by taking measures," Mugoša said.
According to him, the Institute of Public Health conducts between 400 and 600 COVID-19 tests a day.
"If we compare it to a larger country, such as Germany, it would be like 58,000 people a day being tested in that country, which has a population of 80 million," he said.
Mugoša said that a mask must be worn, and social distance must be respected.
"We can no longer hang out as we used to without being at risk. We can, but we take the risk. We have now in Montenegro shows either a lack of understanding or a refusal to accept such a situation. If you have people who give you 140 close contacts, then that says enough about how much they are wrong in their beliefs or did not understand what this is about, "said the director of IJZCG.
He said it was difficult to close the country entirely again, and asked the media to support raising collective awareness of the epidemiological situation.
The director of the Internal Clinic of the Clinical Center of Montenegro (KCCG) and a member of the KCCG Crisis Team, Sreten Kavarić, said that out of 100 infected, 80 can be treated at home or in self-isolation.
"Fifty percent of cases positive for the new coronavirus have no symptoms," Kavarić said.
He said that there are 79 hospitalized COVID-19 patients in four hospitals in Montenegro; there are 25 patients in KCCG. In Bar, 13 patients are being treated in Berane 33, of which four are life-threatening, while in Nikšić, there are eight patients, two of which are in deterioration, and the rest are in stable condition.
Kavarić said that four doctors, nurses, and medical technicians in KCCG were infected, that they were in good condition, and that they were being treated at home.
When it comes to testing, Mugoša said that IPH has a 27-member team of experts working on analyzes and that the daily number of tests on COVID-19 has increased tenfold.
He said that 2,000 tests were currently waiting for analysis, which were sent to Germany. "Control of the epidemic does not depend on tests. It depends on what we have as our plan. That is, everyone who is suspicious should be at home, every contact person should be at home," Mugoša said.
Asked to comment on whether the inhabitants of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) can enter Montenegro with a negative serological test or only with PCR, Mugoša said that the conditions for that country do not differ from others.
"As for the countries that are on the green list, their inhabitants enter freely. The yellow list includes countries whose residents must do a PCR, ELISA, or ECLIA test, which detects antibodies to antigens. These tests are reliable; they have specific characteristics. In most countries, you cannot get a PCR test for days, "stated Mugoša.
Speaking about quarantines, Mugoša said that the need for them still exists.
"I said that the virus would return to Montenegro at some point. "While the pandemic is erupting in Europe and the surrounding area, with the borders closed, that was completely expected," Mugoša said.
He said that he hoped that soon, with the citizens' efforts and understanding, the need for quarantines would decrease.
According to him, quarantine and self-isolation last 14 days, and in some cases, 21 days, and that refers to those who are treated at home, to make sure that they will be completely healthy.
Whoever violates someone's health by violating his self-isolation is threatened with a sentence of one to eight years in prison, and whoever causes someone's death by two to 12 years.
It was announced last night by the National Coordination Body (NCC) for Infectious Diseases.
"Respect the measures, protect the health - both your own and others'," reads the Twitter message, published on the order of the Government of Montenegro.
The Institute of Public Health has adopted a new protocol to treat patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients.
Contacts of sick people are immediately placed in self-isolation - quarantine for 21 days, according to the decision of the inspection.
Sampling is performed if the contact has developed symptoms during the period of self-isolation.
A negative result does not affect the duration/shortening of the self-insulation.
Re-sampling at the end of self-isolation/quarantine is performed only for persons who had symptoms and were negative on the first test.
Self-isolation is abolished without testing after 21 days for persons who did not have any problems during the self-isolation.
For persons who had problems during the self-isolation and in whom the first test was negative, the self-isolation is canceled upon arrival of the second negative test result of 21 days of self-isolation.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NCB) believes that it is possible to organize the entire upcoming election process in the direction of respecting all provisions of the Constitution and laws and the right of every citizen of Montenegro to vote and be elected. NCB believes it is possible to organize the elections with the inviolable priority of preserving public health. NCB Chief, Milutin Simović at today's meeting with representatives of the Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
"The key feature of the coronavirus pandemic is unpredictability. But we are monitoring the situation and successfully managing the crisis, which we will continue until election day. Public health and the health of every citizen is the most important goal, and all the measures we adopt are primarily related to that goal, "said the president of the NCT at a meeting with OSCE / ODIHR representatives Vladimir Mišev and Oleksiy Lichhovah.
The President of the NCT emphasized that in addition to the operational headquarters, which in-depth include thousands of people, since the two days ago, the NCT has been directly cooperating with the State Election Commission, the Agency for Prevention of Corruption and the civil sector.
The NCT president reminded that the suggestions of the opposition parties were taken into account in the first phase of the epidemic.
"A high degree of inclusion, i.e., the involvement of all relevant institutions, has been the formula for success. At the sessions, arguments are confronted, and suggestions are given to the Ministry of Health, issuing orders and binding measures. It will be the case in the future, with our additional commitment to preserving every citizen's health - voters and the entire election administration, including observers, despite all the challenges. The obligation of all of us is to create an environment for the free expression of the will of the citizens in the upcoming elections, "said Milutin Simović.
"It is necessary to manage the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic all over the world. Such a crisis can only be successfully managed by a government that gains legitimacy in the elections," the NCP president said at a meeting with OSCE/ODIHR representatives.
The meeting was also attended by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dragan Pejanović, and the Assistant of the Institute of Public Health, Dr. Senad Begić.
July 10, 2020 - Blue Flag coordinators in the Mediterranean region have gathered together during the Covid19 pandemic to raise environmental awareness. The Blue Flag, as with all programmes of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), leads to increased awareness among locals, local authorities, tourists and all users of beaches and marinas, so that they take a more active role.
Ten national Blue Flag operators have called on local communities, NGOs and the general public to join forces and contribute to Mediterranean Blue Flag Week, held in the second week of July. Due to the pandemic this year, no beach cleaning activities will be organized, but an educational campaign will be held on social networks - #BlueFlagMedWeek -, according to Saša Karajović, the national coordinator of Blue Flag Montenegro.
Join us under the slogan "Caring for the sea that unites us!" Every day during the week, we will be dealing with one of the important issues in the Mediterranean; posts shared on social networks should be tagged #BlueFlagMedWeek.
6th July – Microplastics
7th July – Cigarette Butts
8th July – Covid Waste
9th July – Biodiversity
10th July – Health and Safety
11th July – Floating Debris
12th July – Environmental Education
The photos used in the campaign were provided by the national Blue Flag and Young Eco-Reporters operators from ten Mediterranean countries.
The photo for the topic of microplastics was taken by Marija Kazimirova (Knightsbridge School, Tivat), for which she won second prize at the Young Eco-Reporters of Montenegro Competition in 2019.
July 9, 2020 - After processing samples for coronavirus in Montenegro, another 59 new COVID-19 cases have been detected. Two more patients have died from coronavirus infection. Since the beginning of June, the total number of registered COVID-19 patients is 695. Five patients have recovered, ten died, and there are currently 680 active cases.
New cases of infection were found in patients from Podgorica 30, Berane 5, Budva 4, Niksic 4, Cetinje 3, Pljevlja 3, Tivat 3, Ulcinj 3, Herceg Novi 2, Gusinje 1, and Danilovgrad 1.
"Among the positive results was a sample of a person who passed away yesterday, suspected of having died of COVID-19. Also, another person treated for the coronavirus infection in General Hospital Berane died. The deceased are from Gusinje and Rožaje. Since the beginning of June, ten COVID-19 patients have lost their lives," the Institute of Public Health announced.
Bijelo Polje 60
Herceg Novi 8
"Self-isolation measures in Rožaje have been enhanced through the activities of inspection services and increased entry and exit controls. No new cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday. So far, there have been 133 confirmed cases. Since the beginning of the epidemic, a total of 648 people have been tested. A total of 120 residents who tested positive for the virus are at home. Around 200 people have been tested and are now waiting for the results. Thirteen people have been admitted to hospital in Berane, and two are in Podgorica. There have been three deaths," says Dr. Nebojsa Kavarić, a member of the Crisis Staff.
Doctor Kavarić has been in Rožaje for several days to follow the epidemiological situation and offer medical staff in the healthcare center in Rožaje full support.
"We have improved the health protection of children. The healthcare center has improved its activities following the epidemic. The epidemic service is working diligently on identifying contacts and is conducting epidemic research throughout the day," says Dr. Kavarić.
Dr. Kavarić says they expect good news regarding the number of infected persons.
"However, having regard to the number of samples, we know that we are not yet at the end and that a significant amount of infections will appear in the next few days. We must not relax now, "said Dr. Kavarić.
He states that residents are very disciplined. "We encourage citizens to keep adhering to measures and prevent the virus from spreading horizontally within their families and relatives," says Dr. Kavarić.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT), representatives of state institutions and non-governmental organizations dealing with the election process, agreed to join efforts in finding answers to all challenges posed by the election process in a situation of widespread coronavirus infection.
At the session, chaired by the President of the NKT Milutin Simovic, a working group of representatives of the NKT, relevant institutions, and the civil sector was formed. They immediately began working on reviewing all challenges of this critical process and preparing guidelines and binding instructions for all aspects of elections coronavirus pandemics.
The undivided interest of all participants in the dialogue is, as it was announced, the preservation of citizens' health and lives in the election process, which is a constitutional obligation and a right - it was stated at the meeting.
"In this way, the NKT clearly expresses its openness and readiness to communicate and cooperate with all constructive and responsible subjects and individuals to preserve the health and life of citizens, while preserving the constitutional obligation and the right to hold elections," the statement said.
Members of the NKT attended the session - Minister of the Interior Mevludin Nuhodžić, Director of the Institute of Public Health Prof. Dr. Boban Mugoša and Assistant Director Dr. Senad Begić, on behalf of the State Election Commission, President Aleksa Ivanović and members Natasa Pešić and Milisav Ćorić, on behalf of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, Acting Director Savo Milašinović, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Dragan Pejanović, and on behalf of the civil sector Dragan Koprivica (Center for Democratic Transition - CDT), Zlatko Vujović (Center for Monitoring and Research - CEMI), Zoran Vujičić (Civic Alliance - GA) and Milena Besic (Center for Democracy and Human Rights - CEDEM).
The citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina can enter Montenegro with a negative test for the COVID-19, which can either be a PCR, or a significantly cheaper serological test. This procedure was clarified yesterday at a meeting of the Municipal Team for Protection and Rescue of Herceg Novi.
"The Institute of Public Health of Montenegro recognizes a negative PCR test, ELISA serological test or ECLIA test, but it is important that it is done in an accredited laboratory," said sanitary inspector Karmela Mujicic.
The Municipality notes that the difference between the tests recognized by the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro is in the price, as a PCR costs about a hundred euros. In comparison, the serological test costs 17-20 euros.
"Also, an important aspect is the time it takes for the results to arrive, which is usually significantly shorter for a serological test, only up to a maximum of several hours," the statement said.
As Mujičić stated, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina can have a PCR test only in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, and Tuzla. The ELISA serological test can also be done in laboratories in other cities, such as in Trebinje.
"This means that people from Montenegro who go to Bosnia and Herzegovina, for example to Trebinje on business, can finish their work in that city, take a test in a few hours and come back," Mujičić explained.
The so-called "quick tests" for Covid-19 that have recently appeared on the market are not valid because they are considered unreliable. The sensitivity and specificity of PCR tests and serological tests by ELISA are much higher, and they are performed in more detail and precision compared to "rapid tests".
"The PCR test is used to detect the virus and is done based on swabs from the nose and throat. The serological test, as a blood test, detects antibodies, and more precisely - gives the response of our body to the possible presence of the virus," a statement noted.
July 8, 2020 - On 8th May, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteurs on the right to physical and mental health, the right to privacy and the right to freedom of opinion and expression sent a letter to the Government of Montenegro expressing concern over the publication on the government website of the full names and addresses of individuals in mandatory self-isolation of 14 days due to coronavirus, Human Rights Action (HRA) announced today. HRA emphasized that although an additional statement of the Government was requested on certain controversial issues, it did not respond within the 60-day deadline, which expired yesterday.
“The questions of the rapporteurs addressed to the Government refer to: clarification of the legal basis in domestic law for publishing personal data of persons in self-isolation, necessity and proportionality of measures taken, measures taken to prevent dissemination of published data by private actors, measures taken to prevent the stigmatization of the persons whose data have been published and the threats that those persons may receive, measures taken to consider the opinions of persons suffering from coronavirus on the disclosure of contentious personal data, as well as the measures taken to provide effective remedies to persons whose privacy was violated," HRA stated.
According to HRA, in their letter to the Government, the UN Special Rapporteurs expressed concern that the Government's action violated the right to privacy and the right to health, contrary to Montenegro's international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Concern was also expressed over the violation of the concept of "informed consent", meaning that the patient must be informed and involved in the decision-making process about their health care.
"The UN special rapporteurs pointed out that they believe that the Law on Personal Data Protection does not provide an adequate justification to deviate from the requirements of the same law, which stipulates that personal data processing may be performed with the prior consent of the persons whose personal data are processed. They also expressed concern that the Government did not provide adequate justification that the disputed measure was suitable for achieving the stated purpose of protecting life and health and that less restrictive measures to protect the lives and health of citizens were not available. Finally, concern was expressed about the stigmatization faced by both adults and children whose identity and address had been published, and the potential threat to their safety this may have caused," HRA added.
Human Rights Action, they emphasize, sent additional information to the special rapporteurs today and asked them if they would publish their additional comment without a statement from the Government.
"Previously, on 24th March, the HRA informed the Special Rapporteurs about the public disclosure of personal data of persons subject to self-isolation measures, and invited them to contact the Government of Montenegro with a recommendation to immediately put a stop to this violation of human rights," the organization notes.
July 7, 2020 - The laboratories of the Institute of Public Health have completed PCR analysis of 445 samples for the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, among which 66 results were COVID-19 positive, the Institute of Public Health announced. Since the beginning of June, the total number of registered cases is 583. There have been eight deaths. Five patients have recovered and therefore the number of active COVID-19 cases is 570.
These are patients from Podgorica 39, Rožaje 8, Berane 4, Tivat 3, Budva 3, Cetinje 3, Gusinje 3, Bijelo Polje 1, Kotor 1, Pljevlja 1. Twenty new patients are contacts of previously confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Two more deaths have been registered in patients treated at the General Hospital in Berane, and results have come back positive for one suspected coronavirus-related death from Rožaje. The total number of deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of June is eight.
During the day, five patients recovered, one from Cetinje and four from the Berane General Hospital.
Bijelo Polje 56
Herceg Novi 6
Two patients with Covid-19 have died at the General Hospital in Berane, the institution announced. They also stated that two of the 26 COVID-19 patients being treated there were in a critical condition.
The head of the Berane General Hospital's infectious diseases department, Dr. Milovan Živković, highlighted that this hospital had been previously declared a COVID-19 hospital for the north and that as such, seven more municipalities gravitate to it.
"These are the municipalities of Rozaje, Plav, Gusinje, Andrijevica, Bijelo Polje, Mojkovac and Petnjica. In this area today, we have over 220 positive cases of COVID-19. It means that half of the total number of patients in Montenegro rely on this hospital, and the other half on the Clinical Center and other hospitals," said Živković.
The Clinical Center of Montenegro is currently treating 34 confirmed coronavirus patients, one of whom is in the Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition, the health institution announced.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NCB) has decided to tighten temporary epidemic measures throughout Montenegro and especially in several municipalities in the Northern region.
The United Kingdom is included in the "green list" of countries whose residents can enter Montenegro without additional conditions.
Residents of Turkey, the UAE, Ukraine, and Belarus are allowed to enter under special arrangements with the MORT and with controls.
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, based on the consent of the majority of members, decided that the parents (guardians) or the foster parent/adoptive parent or single parent of a preschool child should be provided with paid leave.
This measure does not apply to employees in public services and organizations whose work is essential for the current epidemiological situation.
NKT once again calls on state bodies, state administration bodies, local self-government and local administrations, companies, public institutions, and other legal entities, as well as entrepreneurs, to provide such work to employees who can work from home.
Due to the negative epidemiological situation in Montenegro, a measure of compulsory self-isolation of 14 days will be introduced for all Montenegrin citizens who enter Serbia, the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić confirmed to the TANJUG agency.
Last night, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases passed a measure according to which a two-week quarantine will be made obligatory for Serbia's citizens upon arrival in Montenegro.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic apologized to Montenegro for claiming earlier that it did not have a PCR laboratory.
Vučić said at the press conference that he had made a mistake, stating that he did not have the correct information.
"I only made one mistake by saying that there are no PCR laboratories in Montenegro. They have them. That's why I apologize, "said Vučić.
He announced that new measures would be introduced in Serbia due to the spread of the virus.
"From tomorrow, any public gathering for more than five people will be banned, either in an open or closed space, and the curfew starts on Friday, until Monday. After that, we will see, "said Vucic.
He pointed out that Serbia does not hide the number of patients and deaths from coronavirus and has carried out the largest number of tests in the region.
The President of the Socialists of Montenegro Snezana Jonica pointed out that the National Coordination Body and the President of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, should put citizens' health before the political interest of the government when it comes to holding elections. Otherwise, they will be proving that they are pursuing a policy of double yardstick.
"It is time for NKT and Djukanovic to answer the question - do they care more about the health of Montenegrin citizens or the election result of the DPS?"
The Montenegrin football championship has been suspended, the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) Executive Board has decided.
The members of the Executive Board adopted the proposal to cancel competitions organized by the Football Association - Telecom 1. CFL, Second League, Youth League, Cadet League, Cup of Montenegro and Women's Football League - and all competitions of the Association of FSCG Clubs (South, Center, and North).
The results of matches up until the end of the competition will be considered final. Based on these, announcements will be made regarding the winners, participants in the qualifications for European competitions, participants in the playoffs, and delegated clubs.
July 7, 2020 - The start of the International Festival KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days is planned this year for Wednesday, 15th July, when the audience at Boka Cinema will have the opportunity to view a film production by the German media house Deutsche Welle. The documentary "Symphony for the World" is a unique production that speaks of the power and universality of the language of music and its strong messages that are understood the world over, regardless of cultural, religious, national, ideological, geographical and any other differences. Specifically, the documentary is about Beethoven's famous Ninth Symphony and its multiple meanings. The partner of this project is the Kotor Cultural Centre "Nikola Đurković".
“We have moved our traditional opening concert of the Festival to August, as for this event we are already accustomed to a large audience - we are acting responsibly given the current situation and we are respecting all NKT measures, as well as responding to all challenges swiftly and competently. We plan to be able to completely control all aspects of the organisation process of the concerts, and implement all the precautionary measures prescribed by the NCT. At a time when the whole world, including our society, is going through a period of uncertainty and insecurity in many aspects of life, we want to provide a piece of what many call “food for the soul,” and at least a little of the everyday joy that until recently was a part of our daily lives. We understand through experience that mental and spiritual health is as important as physical health, and art has always, as evidenced by many examples from the past, helped to overcome many difficult periods in the history of mankind. We hope that our events will provide local people with a slightly brighter, more humane and beautiful everyday life. We hope that we will be able to provide some comfort, some affirmation of the special threads that bind us together, threads that remain even when we are not allowed to hug because of distance measures, when we cannot recognize each other because of protective masks, or when we are in quarantine, keeping ourselves away from others. The art of music is one of those threads.” says a statement by the Festival’s PR service.
“The audience of KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days has become accustomed to receiving information about the programme for the forthcoming summer in March. This year, due to extraordinary circumstances, we ask our audience to follow the official website of the Festival, www.kotorart.me as well as social networks - Facebook and Instagram pages, where we will publish possible, or more likely probable, programme changes. There are several Festival teams that closely follow the recommendations of the NKT and adjust every aspect of the Festival to these.”
“The ceremonial opening programme of the Festival, planned for 14th July, has been moved to close this year's event. Considering that the evening is completely dedicated to Beethoven, we believe that it will be a beautiful and fitting way for the Festival to ensure a dignified celebration of his 250th birthday. On the occasion of this anniversary, as well as facing the challenges of life, and given the position and message of art in this unusual moment for the entire world, the festival is preparing additional activities and programme events that will soon be announced to the general public.” the Festival PR service added.
KotorArt Kotor Children's Theatre Festival has already begun in Kotor. All large-scale performances have been postponed until August, but the accompanying programmes and workshops with children from Kotor have been launched, to the great joy of the children, who are reacting superbly in new circumstances and are quickly adapting to their "new reality".