COVID-19 in Montenegro: Travel and Health Update, August 14, 2020

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UPDATE 5 pm: Since the last section, the laboratories of the Institute of Public Health have completed the PCR analysis of 494 samples for the new coronavirus, among which 73 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected. Recovery of 72 patients has been reported. The total number of active cases of coronavirus in Montenegro is currently 1105.
August 14, 2020 - The Laboratories of the Institute of Public Health have completed PCR analysis of 367 samples for the new coronavirus since the last section, among which 44 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected. The total number of active COVID19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1104.

The number of new COVID-19 cases by municipality:

Podgorica 19
Bijelo Polje 6
Pljevlja 5
Ulcinj 4
Berane 3
Bar 2
Budva 2
Niksic 1
Cetinje 1
Kotor 1
There were no new deaths as a result of COVID-19 infection yesterday. The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 since the beginning of June is 64. Since the beginning of the first wave of the epidemic, 73.
The recovery of 42 patients was reported.
Since the beginning of the year, the number of registered cases of infection with the new coronavirus is 3857.

Montenegro is opening its borders to countries in the region

Montenegro will open its borders with Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Albania, and Macedonia tomorrow said the Director of the Institute of Public Health, Dr. Boban Mugoša, in the morning program of Vijesti television.
A PCR negative test or serological ELISA will most likely be needed, he said, reports the Vijesti portal.
According to Mugoša, the decision to open the borders was made at the request of the tourism industry.
"We see that Serbia's situation is improving, which means that the epidemiological curve is being equalized," Mugosa explained. He said that an electronic session of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases would be held today. The possible ways of entering Montenegro from these countries is yet to be defined.
Mugoša said that he would have concrete recommendations for opening schools by the end of next week and that kindergartens would undoubtedly start working in September.
Since March 15, Serbian citizens have not been able to enter Montenegro, even those who have real estate or family in the country, or negative test for the coronavirus. It has only been possible to come by private plane, but from June 12, a PCR test and a confirmation of hotel reservation were needed.

As of today, citizens of Montenegro can travel to Serbia without special conditions

Epidemiologist and member of the Crisis Staff of Serbia, Darija Kisić, told RTS that the decision has now been taken to remove restrictions for Montenegrin citizens regarding entry to Serbia, and added that the decision would take effect on August 15.

Zaharova to Russian tourists: The COVID-19 epidemic is still ongoing in Montenegro

A spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marija Zaharova, warned Russian citizens that the coronavirus epidemic is still in full force in Montenegro.
The liberalization of the entry regime for Russian citizens has been in force in Montenegro since August 7.
"It is clear that the liberalization introduced reflects the Montenegrin authorities' effort to compensate in any way they can for the colossal losses of the tourism business. Russians have been the essential contingent of Montenegrin guests for years," said Zaharova, Beta reports.
She warned Russian tourists that they should keep in mind the epidemiological situation in Montenegro and that "recurrences of mass infection" have not passed.

Polish LOT has canceled flights to Montenegro

The national airline of Poland, LOT, has canceled flights to Montenegro again due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The first LOT flight from Warsaw to Podgorica is planned for the end of October.
Poland's largest airline canceled all services after the government there announced plans to extend the ban on international flights until August 25. The ban covers 45 countries, some of which are important markets for LOT, SimpleFlying reports.

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