COVID-19 in Montenegro: Health and Travel Update, July 27, 2020

By , 27 Jul 2020, 22:36 PM News
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July 27, 2020 - Another 95 COVID-19 cases have been registered in Montenegro today. Two deaths were reported in patients from Podgorica and Herceg Novi. Seventy-one patients have recovered from the infection, bringing the total number of recoveries since June 14 to 494. According to a statement from the Institute of Public Health, the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Montenegro is currently 2,039.
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188 COVID-19 patients in hospital, 12 cases with a severe clinical picture

The Director of the Clinical Center, Dr. Jevto Eraković, said today at the press conference of the National Coordination Body that 188 covid-positive patients were hospitalized.
"25 COVID-19 patients were cared for at the Clinical Center of Montenegro. Fourteen patients are in the Infectious Diseases Clinic and nine in the Internal Medicine Clinic, five of whom are in the Intensive Care Unit. There are 33 patients in Bar. One patient has a more severe clinical picture. There are 63 patients in the General Hospital in Berane, six of whom have a critical clinical picture. There are 31 patients in Nikšić, 22 in Brezovik, four in Kodra, two in Pljevlja, and eight patients in the Hospital in Rožaje," Eraković stated.

Begic: The epidemiological situation is complex and challenging

The epidemiological situation in Montenegro is complex and challenging, says Senad Begic, Assistant Director of the Institute of Public Health. He explains that the situation varies from municipality to municipality, but that also the prescribed measures are also being adhered to differently.
"It was noticed that those municipalities in which measures are the strictest and disease levels are highest have the best degree of compliance with the prescribed rules. Those municipalities in which the risk of infection is perceived as low or in which the number of cases is small see some measures being observed less seriously," said Begić for Prva TV.
The epidemiological situation in the capital is specific. Everything is made even more difficult by young people who adhere least to the measures, especially at night.
"What happened after 10 pm caused us one concern - moving from controlled conditions such as catering facilities, a good proportion of young people continued to gather in extremely uncontrolled conditions in groups that exceeded the number recommended by the Ministry of Health".
That is why, as he said, the National Coordination Body, among other things, adopted new measures that extended the work of catering facilities until midnight. Epidemiologically, it is better and more beneficial, he explains, for people to stay in controlled conditions.
Three thousand seven hundred and ninety people are under health and sanitary supervision. These are, explains Begić, contacts of active cases. What worries epidemiologists, in particular, is the declining number of reported contacts. Patients, he says, are more reluctant to report them, making epidemiological research more difficult.
And the risk lurks everyhere because there is a high number of asymptomatic cases. That is why the Institute insists on wearing masks indoors and indoors, on physical distance, and on mandatory hand hygiene. Only in that way, adds Begić, can we fight the coronavirus, which, as he says, will be among us until a vaccine is found.

No flights on the Tivat-Moscow route yet

Flights between Tivat and Moscow have not been re-established yet. Airports of Montenegro (ACG) announced that the Russian market is one of the most important for Tivat airport, so they hope that the epidemiological situation in both countries will stabilize as soon as possible.
"Considering that the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) has put Russia on the "red list", due to the epidemiological situation in the country, it is with great regret that flights between Tivat and Moscow have not got off the ground yet," Airports of Montenegro told Mina-Business Agency.

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