COVID-19 in Montenegro: 106 New Cases, Update September 7, 2020

By , 07 Sep 2020, 23:45 PM News
COVID-19 in Montenegro: 106 New Cases, Update September 7, 2020 Illustration, Source: AntenaM
September 7, 2020 - The laboratories of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) have completed PCR analysis of 380 samples for the new coronavirus since the last section. One hundred six (106) new cases of COVID-19 infection were registered. 
One death was reported in a COVID-19 positive patient from Nikšić, born in 1956, treated in the General Hospital of Nikšić, the IPH announced.
Since the beginning of June, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection is 100. Since the beginning of the year, 109.
Recovery has been reported in 41 patients.
The total number of active COVID19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1278.

The epidemiological situation in Montenegro is becoming more complicated

The Head of the Crisis Medical Staff, Dr. Ranko Lazović, and a member of the Crisis Medical Staff, Nemanja Radojević, have resigned from the team, formed at the end of March when the number of cases of coronavirus in Montenegro began to increase.
As Dr. Nemanja Radojevic announced at the press conference, his resignation was related to people's behavior in the last seven months, both before and after the parliamentary elections.
"Dedicated to the medical goal of human health, I know that I cannot achieve such a goal in the given circumstances. As a consequence, I have resigned from my post in the Crisis Medical Staff of the National Coordination Body," said Dr. Radojevic, stating that Dr. Lazovic had ended his work in the Crisis Staff due to other obligations.
Recently in Montenegro, church and political gatherings have dominated, characterized as high-risk health events. These have led to an increase in the number of patients, exceeding a hundred a day in the previous few days.
In the last 24 hours, one person has died from the effects of COVID-19, and there are 106 new cases of infection. The largest number of newly infected is in Berane 48, with 18 in Podgorica, Rozaje 13, Andrijevica 9, Bijelo Polje 5, Pljevlja 4, Plav 2, Kotor 2, Tuzi 2, Bar 1, Cetinje 1, Mojkovac 1.
The Director of the Institute of Public Health, Boban Mugoša, assessed that the epidemiological situation is becoming more and more complicated, and the increase in active cases is worrying.
"Because we did not respect the measures, the spread of the infection is accelerating and the number of infected growing. Thus we have a number of seriously ill patients and also deaths. Due to the events in the previous twenty days with mass gatherings that continue, we will have a trend of increasing numbers of patients," said Mugoša, appealing for people to keep their distance.

Dr. Kadic: Mugosa and Erakovic to leave NKT

"With yesterday's presence and live stream from the rally of the President of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) Milutin Simović, Minister of Defense Predrag Bošković, and other members of NKT, this unconstitutional body has wholly lost its little credibility and purpose," stated Vuk Kadic, a radiology specialist and a member of the expert team of Zdravko Krivokapic, the holder of the list of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro."
A rally was held on Independence Square in Podgorica last night, announced by, as they call themselves - Montenegrin patriotic organizations, without mention of the name or specific organization behind the rally. The police administration announced that about 50,000 people were present at the gathering. The President of NKT and the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister, Milutin Simović, joined live from a mass gathering in Podgorica last night via his Facebook account. However, the same body issued an order on Friday that only100 people were able to gather at public events. Simovic later said that his live stream from the protest was "a mistake by his FB page administrator."
According to Dr. Kadic, no less scandalous than the presence and live involvement of the NKT leadership at yesterday's rally is the "support for the gathering by Secretary of Health Nikola Antovic, the announcement of the Montenegrin Police Administration regarding the 50,000 participants, and the silence of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic."
"If today Montenegro has over 200 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants, then yesterday's rally, according to a statement from the Police Directorate, theoretically had more than 100 infected people. The consequences of last night's rally could be catastrophic. Especially if you take into account that the same persons in the coming days will return to their cities and towns, and come into contact with numerous other people," Kadic said.
He called on the Institute of Public Health (IPH) Director, Boban Mugosa, the Director of the Clinical Center of Montenegro (KCCG), Jevto Erakovic, and all other doctors to immediately leave their posts at "the compromised, unconstitutional and harmful institution of the NKT". He called for its abolition and the formation of a new body, which, as Kadić states, will manage society's defense against the COVID-19 epidemic, which is seeing a resurgence.

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