September 11, 2020 - Since the last section, the laboratories of the Institute of Public Health have completed PCR analysis of 617 samples for the new coronavirus, and 163 new COVID-19 cases have been registered. The previous day, the Institute detected128 new COVID-19 cases based on studies of 569 samples.
No deaths were reported on Thursday, and 43 patients recovered. Today, a death was recorded in a COVID-19 patient from Bijelo Polje, born in 1953, and treated at the General Hospital in Berane. Since the beginning of June, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection is 106. Since the beginning of the year, 115. In today's announcement, the Institute of Public Health reported the recovery of another 67 patients, bringing the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Montenegro to 1,810.
Since the beginning of the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic in mid-March, the total number of registered cases of new coronavirus infection in Montenegro is 6,385.
Currently, 24 COVID-19 patients are being treated at the Clinical Center of Montenegro. According to official information, nine patients are in the Clinic for Infectious Diseases, 14 in the Internal Clinic, and one two-month-old baby in the Institute for Children's Diseases.
"Three patients treated at the Internal Clinic are in a life-threatening condition, two of whom have been intubated and connected to mechanical and one to non-invasive ventilation," the Clinical Center of Montenegro concluded in a statement.
Berane has the largest number of COVID-19 patients related to the number of inhabitants
With 372 active cases, Berane is the city with the most infected inhabitants.
Just yesterday, 42 new patients were admitted to the local COVID-19 hospital in the north.
Doctors and staff are running out of energy, but say they are ready for the peak of the epidemic, which is yet to come.
Since June, 39 people have died in this hospital, and about 50 patients pass through it every day.
NKT Statement: Citizens fo Follow Measures or Return to Lock-Down
The National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) called on the public to "consistently respect the measures, and the competent inspections to strengthen supervision and control so that restrictive measures do not have to be introduced, especially in municipalities with a high degree of local transmission."
"Noting that in all countries, including Montenegro, the mitigation of measures and liberalization of state border crossings has led to a worsening of the epidemiological situation, the NKT noted with concern that the force's measures are not being respected. Recalling all current epidemiological measures, the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases calls on all members of the public to consistently respect the measures, and reminds the competent institutions of state and local government, public institutions, companies of their legal obligations. "If the non-compliance results in further deterioration of the epidemiological situation, the Institute of Public Health will propose to the National Coordinating Body the introduction of restrictive measures, especially in municipalities with a high degree of local transmission," the NKT said in a statement.
It is added that it was stated at the session that, "despite the increase in the number of infections, Montenegro's health system has complete control of the situation."
"At the moment, Montenegro has 549 free hospital beds, 260 respirators installed, and 62 in reserve for COVID-19 patients, which guarantees we can successfully cope with the infection in the future. The National Coordinating Body stated that the Institute of Public Health has presented the Ministry of Education with timely recommendations regarding the beginning of the school year. The Government has provided funds for paid leave for parents of children under 11, and that the school calendar's adoption by the Ministry of Education creates formal conditions for payments. "
The session also considered the report of the Directorate for Inspection Affairs on controls conducted from July 17 to August 31, stating that 14,009 checks were performed in the reporting period, that six requests for initiating misdemeanor proceedings were submitted, and that 84 misdemeanors were imposed orders for a total of EUR 88,050.00.
The NKT adopted the Operational Headquarters Report for Donation Management on the account balance and payments from the account.
"According to the data, from the opening of the account on March 19, 2020, to September 11, 2020, at 9.00 am, the total inflows from the country and abroad amounted to 8,157,589.12 euros and 75,971.72 US dollars. The total outflows amounted to 2,958. According to the above, the balance on account of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases is EUR 5,198,719.99 ", the statement concludes.
The Institute needs 1.6 million euros by the end of the year for the diagnosis of COVID-19 infections
Guided by previous practice and experience from the last period with the COVID-19 epidemic, the Institute of Public Health has estimated the funds required by the end of the year, which amounts to 1.6 million euros.
"Namely, the current average number of daily tests is 450, whose unit price is around 30 euros. Therefore, it is necessary to provide 13,500 tests on a monthly basis, with a total value of 405,000 euros," the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
On August 21, the Institute addressed the Ministry of Finance with a request to provide funds for settling due obligations based on contracts concluded with suppliers for the procurement of necessary diagnostics for PCR testing for new Coronavirus CoV SARS-2 and medical supplies, totalling 656,244 euros.