July 18, 2020 - Laboratories of the Institute of Public Health completed PCR analysis of 321 samples for the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, among which 48 results were COVID-19 positive. Two more deaths were reported in two patients treated at the Clinical Center of Montenegro and the General Hospital in Berane. The total number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 since the beginning of June is 21. The number of active cases in Montenegro is 1664.
New patients are from Podgorica 16, Budva 10, Bijelo Polje 6, Berane 4, Bar 4, Cetinje 3, Rozaje 2, Herceg Novi 1, Danilovgrad 1, and Kotor 1.
The number of active COVID-19 cases by municipality:
Bijelo Polje 172
Herceg Novi 31
29 COVID-19 patients in the Clinical Center of Montenegro
At the Clinical Center of Montenegro, 29 patients are currently being treated in whom the presence of COVID-19 infection has been confirmed.
"There are 19 patients in the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, nine in the Internal Medicine Clinic, four in the Semi-Intensive Care Unit and five in the Intensive Care Unit, and one patient in the Orthopedics and Traumatology Clinic," it was announced from the Clinical Center of Montenegro.
Citizens in the North ask for a review of counter- COVID-19 measures
About fifty owners of catering facilities in Berane addressed an open letter to the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT). They asked them to reconsider the measure banning the operation of catering facilities in the city. In Berane, according to statistics from yesterday, 81 people are COVID-19 positive. The caterers said they support measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, but believe they are being applied selectively.
"This selective measure does not put us on the same level with our colleagues in Podgorica and on the coast, and at the same time, given that we are in the poor north, it further endangers our livelihood and that of our workers," the letter reads.
The operation of catering facilities is temporarily banned in Pljevlja, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Petnjica, Andrijevica, Plav, as well as Rožaje and Gusinje. The measure is in force until July 22. A review of the rules was previously requested from Plav, Gusinje, and Rožaje.
URA demands exemption of tourist businesses from paying Morsko Dobro and municipalities
Today, the civil movement URA sent a proposal that, due to the catastrophically bad tourist season, tourist companies be exempted from paying fees to Morsko Dobro and municipalities and abolishing rent payments for locations owned by the state.
They believe that the tourist economy is suffering significant blows due to the spread of the coronavirus.
"The borders remain closed, and the EU recently removed Montenegro from the list of safe countries. This tourist season will be catastrophically bad and below all government projections. Therefore, we must concentrate on saving public health and saving as much as we can at a given moment," the URA movement highlights.