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10 Jul 2020, 21:14 PM

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.

The number of active COVID-19 cases by municipalities:

Podgorica 269
Rozaje 149
Bijelo Polje 61
Berane 50
Budva 32
Cetinje 26
Bar 24
Pljevlja 23
Tivat 18
Gusinje 17
Niksic 14
Petnjica 11
Ulcinj 11
Danilovgrad 9
Kotor 9
Herceg Novi 8
Andrijevica 1
Tuzi 1
 

Highlights from the press conference of the National Coordination Body

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.

Violation of self-isolation is punishable by imprisonment

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.

New protocol on the treatment of patients and contacts of COVID-19 patients

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.

National Coordinating Body: It is possible to organize elections

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.

10 Jul 2020, 16:35 PM

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.

Daily topics:

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.

09 Jul 2020, 21:01 PM
July 9, 2020 - The Operational Headquarters for Monitoring the Epidemiological Situation in the Tourist Season has prepared an "Action Plan for monitoring and dealing with COVID-19 in tourists during their stay in Montenegro" as well as "Recommendations and instructions of the Institute of Public Health regarding the incidence of COVID-19," the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism announced.
 
In addition representatives of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, members of the Operational Staff for monitoring the epidemiological situation in the tourist season include representatives of the Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Chamber of Commerce, National Tourism Organization, Health Insurance Fund, Insurance Supervision Agency and Administration for Inspection.
 
Upon entry into Montenegro, each passenger will be registered by reading a barcode on a mobile phone. Data can alternatively be taken at the border crossing via a form if passengers do not have a mobile phone or have not registered via the application.
 
Upon entering the country, each foreign citizen will be given a leaflet containing:
 
• recommendations and instructions of the Institute of Public Health regarding COVID-19; a suggested course of action in case of symptoms; telephone numbers of health institutions      to be contacted
• Instructions on the use of the IT application and the legal obligation to register a stay within 24 hours.
 
Hotels and other accommodation facilities are obliged to designate a person in charge of contacting the competent health center/epidemiologist to report a suspicious case and receive instructions on the necessary procedures following the provisional recommendations for action and implementation of protection measures against COVID - 19.
 
If a tourist during his stay in Montenegro gets symptoms of COVID-19 and is confirmed positive, the procedure is as follows:
 
a) Procedure in case of a SEVERE CLINICAL PICTURE in tourists
• In case of a severe clinical picture that requires the urgent attention of health services, patients are accommodated in the Clinical Center of Montenegro; General hospital Bar, Nikšić or Berane, depending on the geographical position of the tourist at the time of symptoms
• The patient is transported by the Institute of Emergency Medicine/health centers. The organization of transportation is the responsibility of the Crisis Medical Staff.
 
b) Procedure in case of a MILDER CLINICAL PICTURE 
• If a tourist is a hotel guest- positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture are placed in a separate part of the hotel, where they remain in self-isolation under health and sanitary measures until leaving Montenegro, or going home if a domestic tourist.
• If a tourist is a guest of a small hotel or registered private accommodation - positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture must remain in their room in self-isolation under the measures of health and sanitary supervision until leaving  Montenegro, or going home if a domestic tourist
• If the individual in question (foreign or Montenegrin citizen) is the owner of the facility - positive asymptomatic cases and cases with a milder clinical picture remain in their facilities in self-isolation while under health and sanitary measures or until leaving Montenegro if the individual in question is a foreign citizen
• In cases where tourists do not adhere to the prescribed self-isolation measures, they are sent to quarantine under commercial conditions.
 
Treatment of identified contacts with COVID-19 patients
a) Contact with foreign tourists 
• If a foreign tourist is in contact with a patient with COVID-19, he should be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation until leaving Montenegro:
• If a tourist is in a hotel, they must  be accommodated in a specially separated part of the hotel, and remain in self-isolation under health and sanitary supervision measures until leaving Montenegro;
• If he is in a small hotel or registered private accommodation he must stay in his room in self-isolation under the rules of health and sanitary supervision until leaving Montenegro;
• If the foreign citizen is the owner of the facility, he must remain in the facility in self-isolation while under health and sanitary supervision measures or until they leave Montenegro.
• In cases where foreign tourists do not adhere to the prescribed self-isolation measures, they are sent to quarantine under commercial conditions.
b) Contact with domestic tourists 
• If a local tourist is a confirmed contact of a COVID-19 patient, he must be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation or institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation.
c) Contact with tourism employees
• If a foreign worker is an identified contact - the employer should provide self-isolation for the employed foreign worker or proceed to institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation at the expense of the state.
• If a domestic worker is an identified contact of a patient with COVID-19, he must be placed in self-isolation in his accommodation or institutional quarantine if there are no conditions for self-isolation at the expense of the state.
 
 Addressing the issue of covering the costs of isolation and treatment
 
The state bears the costs of treatment, self-isolation, and quarantine for all tourists.
 
The Ministry of Health and the Health Insurance Fund are obliged to prepare information on the payment method for medical expenses. For the costs of self-isolation and quarantine, the Government will allocate earmarked budget funds (Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism).
 
Safe transport of patients to their home countries
a) Contacts, patients with asymptomatic infection or mild clinical picture, who arrived in Montenegro by their own means of transportation, leave the country accompanied by the police to the border crossing.
b) Contacts, patients with asymptomatic infection or mild clinical picture, who arrived in Montenegro by other means of transport, leave the country either by:
• organizing their own transport to the country of origin;
• transportation organized by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and NTOCG to the country of origin with the assistance of the Ministry of Transport, Montenegro Airlines, the Army of Montenegro, private airlines, MIA (car, bus, charter flight, helicopter). Tourists bear transport costs.

RECOMMENDATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH REGARDING COVID-19

Montenegrin and foreign citizens entering Montenegro are obliged to adhere to these recommendations and instructions for 14 days from the day of crossing the state border as follows:
 
• It is necessary to maintain physical distance from other people (minimum 2 meters) and maintain hand hygiene. When staying indoors in public spaces, it is recommended to wear masks, scarves, or shawls covering the nose and mouth, especially for people over the age of 65 or for people with chronic diseases.
• Wash your hands as often as possible with warm soapy water or use a hand sanitizer that should be rubbed well into your palms. Avoid touching face, mouth, nose, and eyes.
• Large groups and public gatherings should be avoided.
• During business meetings, communication should be made with as few people as possible, maintaining a physical distance (minimum 2 meters) and using disinfectants. It is recommended to avoid unnecessary meetings.
• It is recommended to use contactless payment cards or online services.
 
1) If you are staying in a hotel:
In the case of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell, and taste), you are obliged to stay in the room and contact the hotel reception, which further follows the protocol and recommendations of the Institute of Public Health.
 
2) If you are staying in private accommodation:
In the case of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell, and taste), you must stay in the room and contact the owner/manager of private accommodation who informs the competent health center.
 
3) If you are staying in your own accommodation:
In case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, gout, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, loss of smell, and taste), you are obliged to stay in your accommodation and contact the competent health center.
 
• In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, the individual is obliged to the emergency medical service.
 
More information on coronavirus disease and measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is available on the IPH website https://www.ijzcg.me/. Montenegrin and foreign citizens can request additional information and clarifications on info number 1616.
09 Jul 2020, 18:49 PM

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.

The number of active COVID-19 cases by municipality:

Podgorica 259
Rozaje 130
Bijelo Polje 60
Berane 36
Budva 32
Cetinje 24
Pljevlja 23
Bar 19
Tivat 18
Gusinje 17
Nikšić 13
Petnjica 11
Ulcinj 11
Danilovgrad 9
Herceg Novi 8
Kotor 7
Tuzi 2
Andrijevica 1

Around 200 citizens of Rožaje waiting for COVID-19 test results

"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.

A working group to organize elections in the current epidemiological conditions

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).

Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina can also enter Montenegro with a serological test for COVID-19

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.

08 Jul 2020, 20:52 PM

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.

08 Jul 2020, 18:56 PM
July 8, 2020 - Air connections are becoming all the more frequent between airports in Tivat and Podgorica and European cities. Ryanair is flying to London from today, flights to Barcelona and Brussels have been announced for tomorrow. Also, the national airline of Luxembourg - Luxair starts flying to Montenegrin airports this month.
 
The budget airline Ryanair began flying again on the Podgorica-London route today. From Podgorica, Ryanair flights will also be available to Barcelona and Brussels as of tomorrow.
 
Luxair establishes connection with Montenegro for the first time
Luxair - the national airline of Luxembourg, will establish a regular route between Luxembourg and Montenegro on Sunday, July 19, for the first time in the history of Montenegro Airports. Luxair will be introducing a seasonal line Luxembourg-Tivat-Luxembourg on which it will fly once a week with its regional aircraft type "Bombardier Q400".
 
The plane with a capacity of 76 passengers from Luxembourg will leave every Sunday at 8.20 am and arrive in Tivat at 10.50 am. The return from Tivat to Luxembourg will be at 11.35 am, arriving at its destination at 2.10 pm.
 
The Luxembourg-Tivat line, as announced, will function until September 20. Moreover, Luxair is the first foreign airline to arrive this year at Tivat Airport. From mid-March until today, the volume of scheduled and charter air traffic has been decimated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in Montenegro in mid-March until today, only a minority of the previously most popular regular seasonal routes to Tivat from the German and Ukrainian markets have been renewed by Montenegro Airlines, Eurowings and a Ukrainian charter company hired by the local tour operator ALF.
 
Source: Boka News
08 Jul 2020, 18:36 PM
July 8, 2020 - The laboratories of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro (IPH) have completed 392 samples for the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, among which 53 results were COVID-19 positive, the IJZCG announced.
 
These are patients from Podgorica 35, Cetinje 6, Bijelo Polje 5, Berane 3, Budva 2, Nikšić 1, and Pljevlja 1.
 
"There are 623 active COVID-19 cases; five patients have recovered. Since the beginning of June, the total number of registered COVID-19 cases is 636, eight with a fatal outcome," the IPH announced.

The number of active COVID-19 cases by municipality:

Podgorica 229
Rozaje 131
Bijelo Polje 60
Berane 31
Budva 28
Cetinje 21
Pljevlja 20
Bar 19
Gusinje 17
Tivat 15
Petnjica11
Niksic 9
Danilovgrad 8
Ulcinj 8
Kotor 7
Herceg Novi 6
Tuzi 2
Andrijevica 1
 
Municipalities in which there are no infections are: Kolašin, Mojkovac, Plav, Plužine, Šavnik and Žabljak.

Minors with COVID-19 in good condition, MNE has 168 respirators

The Director of the Children's Hospital of the Clinical Center of Montenegro, Sasa Radovic, announced that 79 people are currently being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Montenegro.
 
"As far as children are concerned, we have 98 COVID-19 patients under the age of 19. All these patients are in good general condition," said Radović.
 
He said that there are 486-bed units and 168 respirators in the health system, 92 in the Clinical Center of Montenegro.
 
He also stated that 15 health workers were infected with the coronavirus, including three doctors. There are 121 health workers in self-isolation, among them 32 doctors.

Four COVID-19 patients in Berane in serious condition

The General Hospital in Berane is currently treating 28 patients with a confirmed Covid-19 infection - four of them are in the intensive care unit on oxygen support, and their health condition is serious, the health institution announced.
 
"There are 11 more patients under observation for whom we are awaiting results of Covid tests. Three patients have a very severe clinical outlook, and two are in a life-threatening condition," the Berane hospital said.

NKT has not yet considered closing Podgorica

At the press conference of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT), when asked whether the information that Podgorica will be closed tonight is correct, the Head of the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the IPH Dr. Sanja Medenica said that they had not discussed it today.
 
"The epidemiological situation is becoming more serious, the number of registered cases is increasing," Medenica said, asking the public to wear masks, maintain hygiene and physical distance.

State of emergency possible, elections in doubt

Medenica announced that the introduction of a state of emergency would be discussed at the NKT session, depending on the epidemiological situation.
 
Asked whether they discussed how people in self-isolation would vote in the elections on August 30, Medenica said that a meeting on that issue is scheduled for today, after which the public will have more precise information.
 
According to Medenica, Montenegro can test up to 500 samples a day for the new coronavirus. She also said they hadn't yet recorded a re-infection of COVID-19 in any previously-infected individual. 

The EU continues to support the MNE in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic

The European Union has donated an additional 10,000 masks to Montenegro through the rescEU component of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Within the same contingent of aid, face covers were also given to Serbia, Northern Macedonia, and Croatia, the EU InfoCentre announced.
 
"More needs to be done to prevent the further or recurrent spread of the coronavirus, and protective masks are necessary for that fight. Today, based on previous requests, we send 65,000 additional protective ace covers to Montenegro, Serbia, Northern Macedonia, and Croatia. I thank Romania for enabling the storage and transport of rescEU equipment to those who need it," said Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic.
 
The Directorate for Emergency Situations Director in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mirsad Mulić, emphasized that this donation represents another confirmation of the continuous support of the European Union in this challenging period of the fight against coronavirus.

Institute supported within the Call for COVID-19 projects

The Central European Initiative has completed the process of evaluating projects submitted within the extraordinary Call for COVID-19 projects, the Ministry of Science announced.
 
"Out of 7,000 applications received from all member countries of the Initiative, 22 project ideas were selected for funding. Among them is a scientific research institution from Montenegro - the Institute of Public Health, with the project 'National Telemedicine Platform,'" the statement said.
 
The project manager is, on behalf of the Institute, Dr. Senad Begić.
 
This CEI Call was to quickly address the specific needs of communities within the CEI member states in medicine, education, and support for micro, small, and medium enterprises.
08 Jul 2020, 15:51 PM
July 8, 2020 - The National Tourist Organization of Montenegro and the national airline Montenegro Airlines, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce of Montenegro, have launched a campaign to form attractive tourist package arrangements in order to improve tourist traffic. The idea is to carry out joint activities to face the extraordinary circumstances surrounding this tourist season.
 
To increase competitiveness, Montenegro Airlines has offered promotional ticket prices for package deals on all available routes, which are valid only with an accommodation voucher. This offer will be available for passengers coming by MA flights from Slovenia (Ljubljana), Austria (Vienna), Germany - Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hanover, and from August 3 Munich and Leipzig, France (Paris, also Lyon from July 25), Denmark (Copenhagen) and Switzerland (Zurich), they explained in the announcement.
 
"Bearing in mind that these are low prices for return air tickets, ranging from 99 euros on the route to Ljubljana, to a maximum of 164 euros on the Paris route, including all taxes, all interested hoteliers in Montenegro are invited to create an equally attractive special offer of accommodation and accommodation services. The National Tourist Organization is forming and promoting package deals, which will be available for sale to all travel agencies in Montenegro and partners in target markets," the statement said.
 
"Interested parties should provide a single price for a stay on a half board or full board basis valid for the period until November 1 and send to NTOCG at the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than July 10, 2020," the statement concludes.
07 Jul 2020, 22:51 PM

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.

The number of active COVID-19 cases by municipalities:

Podgorica 194
Rozaje 137
Bijelo Polje 56
Berane 34
Budva 26
Pljevlja 19
Bar 17
Tivat 15
Cetinje 16
Gusinje 17
Petnjica 12
Danilovgrad 8
Ulcinj 8
Niksic 8
Kotor 7
Herceg Novi 6
Tuzi 2
Andrijevica 1

Two deaths in the last 24 hours

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.

New counter- COVID-19 measures

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.

  • An epidemic of infectious diseases has been proclaimed in Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, Rozaje, and Gusinje.
  • Throughout Montenegro, entertainment and music programs are prohibited in catering facilities: concerts, live performances by musicians, groups, DJs, etc.
  • Catering facilities are open until 10 p.m. in Podgorica, Cetinje, Plužine, Šavnik, Žabljak, Nikšić, Danilovgrad, Tuzi, Kolašin and Mojkovac.
  • In the Southern region, that is, in all coastal municipalities, the restriction on the operation of catering facilities until midnight, introduced yesterday, remains in force.
  • The NCT recommends that in addition to the mandatory wearing of protective masks indoors, every citizen wears a mask in open spaces in places where it is not possible to maintain physical distance.

No additional conditions for UK citizens

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.

Paid leave for one parent

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.

Serbia has introduced compulsory self-isolation for Montenegrin citizens

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.

Vučić: Montenegro has PCR laboratories, I was wrong

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.

Jonica: NKT and Djukanovic are pursuing a policy of double standards

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?"

Montenegro football championship suspended

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.

07 Jul 2020, 21:59 PM

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".

07 Jul 2020, 11:39 AM
July 7, 2020 - The number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro has risen to 512 after the Institute of Public Health announced yesterday that the results of the analysis of 511 samples had revealed another 60 new COVID-19 cases. The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases has adopted a set of new measures for the entire country, but also specific rules for the inhabitants of the municipalities of the Northern region.
 
Of the total number infected since mid-June - 517, five patients have died. The total number of registered cases of COVID-19 since March 17, when the first patients infected with coronavirus were confirmed in Montenegro, is 941.
 
Among the new cases of COVID-19 confirmed yesterday, the number of patients by municipality is Podgorica 37, Petnjica 5, Tivat 4, Ulcinj 4, Rozaje 3, Bijelo Polje 2, Budva 2, Berane 2, and Cetinje 1.
 
Thirty of these are contacts of previously confirmed cases, while in the same number of patients the source of infection is still being investigated.

Number of active COVID-19 cases by municipality:

Podgorica 155
Rozaje 129
Bijelo Polje 55
Berane 30
Budva 23
Pljevlja 18
Bar 17
Gusinje 14
Cetinje 13
Petnjica 12
Tivat 1
Danilovgrad 8
Ulcinj 8
Niksic 8
Kotor 6
Herceg Novi 6
Tuzi 2
Andrijevica 1

New counter- COVID-19 measures from the National Coordinating Body for Infectious Diseases

At yesterday's session, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NCB) decided on several epidemiological measures, both for the whole of Montenegro and for the Northern region in particular.
 
It was decided that due to the high epidemiological risk, educational work in public and private preschool institutions would cease.
 
The working hours of all catering facilities - restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, hotel restaurants, and similar catering facilities, as well as catering facilities on beaches across the entire territory of Montenegro are limited until midnight.
 
The measures will be applied in the next week. Based on the analysis of the effect of those rules and the epidemiological situation, it will be decided whether their application will be extended, the Government of Montenegro announced.
 
"The National Coordinating Body reminds caterers of the applicable measures and the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health for catering facilities. They must pay special attention to measures pertaining to the maximum number of four people at the table, except members of the same family household, and the obligation to have a distance between tables of at least two meters," the announcement states.

Stricter counter- COVID-19 measures in the Northern region

Due to the complicated epidemiological situation in the Northern region, it was decided that in the municipalities of Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, Andrijevica, Rožaje, Plav and Gusinje, all catering facilities will be closed for a week," the Government highlights. 
 

Specific measures for North:

  • Gatherings in indoor and outdoor public places are prohibited (public meetings, public events, sports, political, cultural, artistic and private gatherings, weddings, and other events);
  • Religious communities are obliged to adapt their activities to the current epidemiological situation and to perform religious rites in religious buildings exclusively without the public present;
  • It is forbidden to transport more than two adults in a passenger motor vehicle at the same time, except for members of the joint family household and persons who perform regular work tasks;
  • Gatherings and movement of more than two persons in an open public place is prohibited, except for members of the joint family household and persons who perform regular work tasks; 
  • It is mandatory to use protective masks in closed and open public places. This obligation does not apply to residential buildings;
  • Gatherings in residential buildings of persons who are not members of a joint family household are prohibited.
 
Special teams have been formed, which are already in place in the Northern region's municipalities, to help coordinate and consult with local authorities and medical experts to overcome the consequences of the spread of coronavirus in the region as quickly and efficiently as possible.
 
"The National Coordination Body is saying to the people and the economy of the Northern region that the medical system and indeed the entire country are with them, but that success in curbing the spread of the infection depends primarily on the extent to which each individual obeys orders," the Government said in a statement.

Repeated recommendation to work from home

The state administration and local self-government, companies, and entrepreneurs were invited to organize work from home for as long as possible. 
 
"Both state bodies, and the economy and the public have the same goal: preserving the continuity of activities while taking care of people's health and lives," the Government points out.

The strictest epidemiological surveillance upon entry from Serbia

"Considering epidemiological developments in the Republic of Serbia, it was decided that all persons coming to Montenegro from that country would be sent into quarantine. 
 
Montenegro remains determined not to close for its people, but the rate of active COVID-19 cases in the Republic of Serbia demands a responsible approach. "The area along the border with Montenegro requires the strictest epidemiological surveillance. Therefore, persons entering Montenegro from the Republic of Serbia will not be sent to home self-isolation until further notice, but to quarantine in facilities designated by the state for that purpose," the Government said.

Foreigners' residence permits are valid until September 30

The National Coordination Body has decided, at the proposal of the Police Administration, that residence permits that have already expired for foreigners in Montenegro are considered valid until September 30, 2020, if the person to whom the permission applies meets all other legally prescribed conditions.
 
It was decided that after the previous similar measures adopted during the epidemic, and after today's proposal, the validity of residence permits for foreigners after September 30 will not be extended in this way.

The Directorate for Inspection Affairs imposed fines of 8,500 euros within two days of the new Law coming into force

The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases reviewed the Report of the Directorate for Inspection Affairs on activities undertaken from 3 to July 5, i.e., after the entry into force of the legislation on Amendments to the Law on Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases.
 
In two days, inspectors imposed fines relating to misdemeanor orders of EUR 8,500. The Markets Inspectorate imposed EUR 4,250 for non-compliance with measures for personal protective masks and other protective equipment. The Tourist Inspectorate EUR 3,550 for non-compliance with a mandatory distance between tables in restaurants or the number of persons sitting at a table, while the Labor Inspectorate imposed €700 in misdemeanor fines for employees not using protective equipment.

Election meeting on Wednesday

Representatives of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, the State Election Commission, competent state institutions, and non-governmental organizations dealing with election conditions will meet on Wednesday. They will discuss the measures that need to be adopted to enable an unhindered selection process in the upcoming elections, given the circumstances of extended coronavirus infection.

Kusovac case proof that Law applies equally to everyone

The Director of the Emergency Center of the Clinical Center of Montenegro, Nermin Abdić, said at yesterday's press conference that filing criminal charges against the Mayor of the Municipality of Tivat, Siniša Kusovac, for violating self-isolation, shows clearly that the Law is the same for everyone.
 
"The state is capable of responding to poor behavior of individuals who, due to personal irresponsibility, endangered potential contacts and violated self-isolation measures. Self-isolation is the same for everyone, be it the Mayor of the municipality, a worker, a baker, a cook, or anyone else, and you have to respect the punishment meted out, in order to show both personal and collective responsibility," said Abdić.
 
Sources: Insitute of Public Health, Government of Montenegro, Vijesti
 
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