COVID-19 in Montenegro: 870 Active Cases, Update July 12, 2020

By , 12 Jul 2020, 20:54 PM News
COVID-19 in Montenegro: 870 Active Cases, Update July 12, 2020 Illustration, Source: Opstina Tivat

July 12, 2020 - Since the beginning of June, the total number of registered COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is 897, with 14 confirmed deaths and 13 recovered patients. The number of currently active cases is 870.

On Saturday, July 11, the Institute of Public Health laboratories registered 87 new cases, which is the most significant daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Montenegro since the first cases were recorded on March 17. The Institute announced today that the number of patients has increased by another 57.

"During the day, three more deaths were reported (two at the General Hospital in Berane and one at the Clinical Center of Montenegro). The suspected cause of death was the new coronavirus infection. Since the beginning of June, the total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 remains 14," announced the Institute of Public Health. By municipality, the number of fatalities is
Rožaje 6, Podgorica, Berane, Bijelo Polje, Bar, Plav, Ulcinj, Gusinje and Petnjica 1.

Active COVID-19 cases by municipality:

Podgorica 339
Rozaje 153
Bijelo Polje 68
Berane 65
Budva 35
Pljevlja 34
Niksic 31
Cetinje 26
Bar 26
Tivat 18
Gusinje 17
Kotor 13
Ulcinj 12
Petnjica 11
Herceg Novi 10
Danilovgrad 9
Andrijevica 1
Tuzi 1
Žabljak 1

Rakocevic: It is challenging to control the spread of COVID-19 with open border

With open borders, travel of our people abroad, with the arrival of foreign guests and free economy, it is challenging for the health system to fight the epidemic, which is why we must adhere to measures and learn to live with coronavirus. This was the assessment made by the epidemiologist at the Institute of Public Health, Božidarka Rakočević, in a statement for the PR Center, emphasizing that the current epidemiological situation is very severe and complicated.
"We have registered cases of COVID-19 and local transmission in almost all municipalities in Montenegro," said Rakocevic.
When asked how different the current epidemiological situation is from the one in the spring, she said that in the first peak, Montenegro, like other countries, had many restrictive measures.

"The borders were closed, we had limited movement, many people worked from home, so we had little contact, and in that way, the possibility of transmitting the infection was reduced. Now, with open borders, with our people traveling abroad, with the arrival of foreign guests, and a free economy, it is complicated, and it is a challenge for epidemiologists and the entire health system to fight this epidemic because people make numerous contacts. That way, the virus spreads in the population," explained Rakočević.

She pointed out that the virus is characterized by the fact that its composition is continuously changing.

"There have been some changes in the original virus, originating from China. We do not yet own data for our area, or that there have been any changes. The symptoms are the same as the clinical picture. We have people with milder symptoms and those with a more severe clinical picture. Of course, we have a share of asymptomatic people, who are of special epidemiological significance, because they do not know they have an infection. It is wider in the population," Rakocevic explained.

Stricter measures for private flights from Serbia

Due to the extremely complex epidemiological situation in Serbia, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases decided to tighten the conditions for entry into Montenegro of persons from Serbia non-commercial and occasional air traffic (so-called general aviation).

"Upon entering Montenegro, passengers and aircraft crew must have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 72 hours, issued by a registered laboratory, following the recommendations of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro," the Government explained.

Also, passengers and crew, if staying in Montenegro, must have a reservation in hotel accommodation.

"The aircraft operator must submit a request for approval of the flight to the operator of the airport where he plans to land, which, in addition to regular information, must contain the name and surname of the passenger and crew, if staying in Montenegro, 48 hours before the planned arrival. The airport operator reserves the right to approve or reject the flight," states the Government.

The situation with COVID-19 in Montenegro and the region

In the region, the most significant number of active patients per 100 thousand inhabitants is registered in Northern Macedonia, followed by Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

In Northern Macedonia, 170 active cases per 100 thousand inhabitants were registered, in Montenegro 138, and BiH 105.
In fourth place is Serbia, with 59 active patients per 100 thousand inhabitants, followed by Albania with 49, Croatia with 27 and Slovenia with 13 active patients per 100 thousand inhabitants.

In Serbia, the number of actively ill per 100 thousand inhabitants is, in fact, the number of persons hospitalized per 100 thousand.

In the region, the largest number of people infected with coronavirus with regard to the number of inhabitants is being registered in Northern Macedonia, with Serbia in second place, and in third place Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In Northern Macedonia, 3.9 thousand infected people per million inhabitants were registered, in Serbia 2,630, and BiH 1,974.

In fourth place is Montenegro, with 1,848 infected per million inhabitants, followed by Albania with 1,203, Croatia 912, and Slovenia, with 858 infected per million inhabitants.

The number of infected people is expressed per million inhabitants for a better comparison.

Concerning the number of infections, the highest mortality rate is in Slovenia, 6.03 percent, Northern Macedonia 4.7 percent, Croatia with 3.2 percent, and BiH with three percent.

Albania's death rate is 2.68 percent, in Serbia 2.14 percent, and in Montenegro, which is 1.88 percent.

The highest number tested per one million inhabitants is in Serbia, 70,385 per million inhabitants, Slovenia is in second place with 55,369, and Montenegro is in third place with 38,840.

In fourth place is Northern Macedonia, with 37,096 tested per million inhabitants, followed by BiH with 31,175 and Croatia, with 22,934 tested per million inhabitants.

In Montenegro, registered by municipality, the most significant number of active cases per ten thousand inhabitants is in Gusinje. In second place is Rožaje, and in third place is Petnjica.

In Gusinje, 101.61 active cases per ten thousand inhabitants were registered, in Rožaje 66.63 and Petnjica 20.07.

In Berane, 19.13 active cases per ten thousand inhabitants were registered, in Podgorica 18.23, Budva 18.21, Cetinje 15.61, Bijelo Polje 14.77, Tivat 12.83.

In Pljevlja, 11.04 active cases per ten thousand inhabitants were registered, in Bar 6.18, Ulcinj 6.02, Kotor 5.75, Danilovgrad 4.87, Nikšić 4.28, Herceg Novi 3.24, Tuzi 2.11, and Andrijevici 1.97.
The total number of patients with COVID 19 in Montenegro since the beginning of the outbreak is 1,221; 870 cases remain active.

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