March 18, 2020 – According to the Institute of Public Health, there are 2662 persons under medical and sanitary supervision because of coronavirus in Montenegro. So far, COVID-19 has been confirmed in two people as we reported yesterday.
Update at 21:00
In Montenegro, six new coronavirus cases
The Institute of Public Health announced that six more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Montenegro today. The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montenegro has reached eight. Of the six positive coronavirus cases today, one has no known connection to the previously confirmed cases. The Institute’s laboratories today completed preliminary analyses of 20 samples taken from persons who are monitored and who were in contact with cases confirmed yesterday.
"Yesterday, we completed the laboratory processing of 7 samples at the Institute's Laboratories, bringing the number of test subjects to 104. The Institute is closely monitoring the development of the epidemiological situation of and will regularly inform the public in the coming period," reported the national health institution.
Without holding a session, the Government adopted yesterday, March 17, 2020, based on obtained consent of the majority of members, according to Article 10 of the Decree on the Government, a Decision to assign facilities of the "Police Academy boarding school" in Danilovgrad and "Krost" Student dormitory in Podgorica for the implementation of quarantine measures to fight spread of coronavirus. In this regard, the Property Administration and Danilovgrad - based legal entity "Kroling" is in charge of assigning these facilities to the Ministry of Health for temporary management and use, to implement quarantine measures. The Government also issued conclusions mandating the competent authorities to provide physical protection, maintenance of hygiene, as well as catering services for the needs of persons who will be accommodated in these facilities.
In the last 24 hours, in intensive contacts with the competent authorities of the Russian Federation and Montenegro, all necessary prerequisites were created, and an agreement was reached on the return of many Russian citizens to Moscow, i.e., our citizens from Russia to Montenegro. In the shortest possible time, with not many problems and challenges we tackled, all the necessary information and lists of citizens of both countries were collected, all procedures were completed, and conditions were created for the safe realization of this transfer in the coming days. We particularly highlight the high - quality and professional cooperation with the Russian Embassy in Podgorica. The information that appeared to the RIA, Sputnik, and other is just a sad illustration of how even the most delicate humanitarian crisis with global consequences can turn into cheap political propaganda, announced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Ministry of Education is working around the clock to prepare a new concept for distance learning under the motto #UčiDoma (Study at home), which will start early next week. It will entail learning through television channels, YouTube channels, and content on e-platforms, Minister of Education Damir Šehović said.
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