COVID-19 in Montenegro: 570 Active Cases, Further New Measures, Update July 7, 2020

By , 07 Jul 2020, 22:51 PM News
COVID-19 in Montenegro: 570 Active Cases, Further New Measures, Update July 7, 2020 Illustration, Source: Vijesti

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.

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