August 7, 2020 - Since the last cross-section, the Institute of Public Health has completed PCR analysis of 464 samples for the new coronavirus, among which 69 new COVID-19 cases have been detected. The total number of active COVID19 cases in Montenegro is 1192.
New positives were sent from the following municipalities: Podgorica 36, Niksic 10, Bar 4, Rozaje 4, Bijelo Polje 3, Berane 3, Pljevlja 2, Herceg Novi 2, Kotor 2, Budva 1, Ulcinj 1, Plav 1.
The Institute reported one new death in a patient from Bar, born in 1951, treated in a general hospital in the city.
Since the beginning of June, the number of deaths related to COVID-19 is 52, and since the beginning of year, 61. The recovery of 118 patients has been reported.
Since the beginning of the year, the total number of registered cases of infection with the new coronavirus is 3549.
Mugoša: The COVID-19 epidemic in MNE will most likely begin to subside
The coronavirus epidemic level remains relatively high, but what is encouraging is that there has been no major increase, said Boban Mugoša, Director of IPH, at the press conference of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT).
"For several days now the level has been around 15% of those tested, which means that we have reached a limit, are at a turning point, and that the epidemic will most likely begin to subdside. Our behavior is the main factor that will hinder the spread of infection," Mugosa said.
He reiterated that it is essential that measures be respected.
"These are simple. You should wear a mask, take care of hygiene and keep physical and social distance and limit contacts," said Mugoša.
160 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, 19 in a life-threatening condition
The Assistant Director of the Clinical Center, Nemanja Radojevic, said that 160 patients positive for coronavirus have been hospitalized, of which 19 were in a life-threatening condition.
He explained that six patients are on some form of mechanical ventilation, three of whom are on a respirator in the Clinical Centre of Montenegro.
Mugoša: We have another challenge - tourism
Mugoša reiterated that Montenegro had taken adequate measures even before the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In answer to the question about opening of the borders, Mugoša reiterated that at the beginning of the epidemic in Montenegro, the most rigorous measures were required.
"However, we did not expect a hundred fires to occur in a few days. It led to the development of local transmission that was difficult to stop. Some people did not respect the measures, abused border crossings with ID cards, and returned without reporting that they were in countries with large foci, "Mugosa said.
He added that the capacities of the Institute were set up to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
"We have another challenge. It is tourism. Our economy relies significantly on tourism, but tourists will come to us. The challenges are significant, but we have made a good plan, and I hope that we will be able to deliver everything in order to keep the population healthy and safe," Mugosa said.
Mugoša: The Institute gave recommendations for voting, but others took the decision
When asked how the elections can be held if we have a case where two weddings with 600 guests caused more outbreaks of infection, Mugoša said that "grandmothers and frogs cannot be compared."
"The wedding is organized as it is organized, and measures are respected as seen fit. With regard to the elections, we are talking about a controlled environment with prescribed rules. The problem is uncontrolled conditions. The recommendations will not endanger anyone any more than going to the store.
When asked whether the Institute recommended to the SEC that people in hospital treatment should not vote, Mugoša said that they are not able to make that decision, but can only give recommendations.
"We have highlighted that we have different patients in hospitals - from less serious to the most serious conditions. We said that in such conditions, it would be possible to organize elections, and the question is who can vote, depending on the clinical picture. We cannot decide on that. We give recommendations, but others have made those decisions, "Mugosa said.
Radojevic added that it is clear that 600 people at two weddings cannot be compared to election conditions with state-prescribed distances, masks, and a stay of a few minutes at the polling station.
NKT: International traffic measures relaxed
The NKT has published a list of countries from which entry to Montenegro is allowed on their website. The list is valid from August 8 at 00:00.
Countries from which ENTRY into Montenegro is possible without additional restrictions regarding COVID-19:
All EU countries
Papua New Guinea
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Countries from which it is possible to come with NEGATIVE PCR or ELISA RESULTS (negative IgM) or ECLIA TEST for COVID-19:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Countries from which entry to and stay in Montenegro for Montenegrin citizens residing in Montenegro, and foreign citizens residing in Montenegro is possible, in order to determine self-isolation or quarantine measures
All other states
Sources: PCNEN, Vijesti