COVID-19 in Montenegro: 1762 Active Cases, 60 New, Update August 2, 2020

By , 02 Aug 2020, 22:59 PM News
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August 2, 2020 - One person has died of COVID-19, and there are 60 newly-infected patients. The total number of active cases in Montenegro is currently 1762. New positives are from the following municipalities: Podgorica 30, Bijelo Polje 13, Niksic 7, Berane 3, Budva 2, Herceg Novi 1, Bar 1, Kotor 1, Ulcinj 1, Gusinje 1.

The number of deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of June is 42. Since the beginning of the first wave of the epidemic, 51. The recovery of 152 patients has been reported, with the total number of recoveries since June 14 now standing at 1130. Since the beginning of the year, the number of registered cases new coronavirus infection is 3258.

Quarantine and isolation shortened to 14 days

The NKT has decided to follow international recommendations and practice in most EU countries, in the UK, USA, Japan and others, and shorten the time of self-isolation and institutional isolation from the now prescribed 21 days to 14 days.

The self-isolation measure is revoked for persons whose 14-day self-isolation period has expired on the day this measure enters into force, and who have had no symptoms or signs of infection for at least three days.

The WHO expert assessed the IPH's readiness to fight the COVID-19 epidemic as excellent

An expert from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Golubinka Boshevska, evaluated the expertise and work of the Department of Molecular Diagnostics / Center for Medical Microbiology of the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro as excellent, the IPH announced.

She was hired to assess the overall capacity and ability of Montenegrin laboratories to fight the new coronavirus.

During her six-day stay in Montenegro, Dr. Boshevska, in addition to assessing the Institute of Public Health laboratories, also visited the laboratories of the Clinical Center, the Faculty of Medicine, the Brezovik Hospital, and the specialized veterinary laboratory, RTCG reports.

Serological tests for coronavirus are available in Montenegro

Serological tests are available in many laboratories in Montenegro. The price of this test is, according to available data, between 17 and 25 euros. Negative serological tests are sufficient for the citizens of BiH, Kosovo, and Albania to enter Montenegro.

Serological tests aim to detect antibodies to the new coronavirus. Serological tests are not used to prove contagion, but to determine if someone has been in contact with the virus and if they have developed antibodies to the virus.

Unlike these tests, PCR testing is the "gold standard" for diagnosing a new coronavirus infection.

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