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Russian experts start disinfection of healthcare institutions in Serbia

April 05, 2020

Russia’s military experts, who arrived in Serbia to provide assistance in the battle against the novel coronavirus, have started the process of disinfection of healthcare institutions in several towns across the country, said the Defence Ministry.

According to the engagement plan, competent teams have finished the disinfection of some 65,000 square metres in and around the healthcare institutions.

Among the first buildings that was disinfected was ‘GAK Narodni Front’ maternity hospital and ‘Dragisa Misovic’ clinical centre in Belgrade, where most of the critically ill patients have been hospitalised.

In the first stage of the process, Russian medical teams analysed the epidemiological situation and consulted their Serbian colleagues to get to know the details of the overall situation.

They are also expected to provide medical assistance to COVID-19 patients.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585910/Russian-experts-start-disinfection-of-healthcare-institutions-in-Serbia.html

Three more positive for coronavirus in Kosovo

April 05, 2020

National Public Healthcare Institute confirmed that three more persons in Kosovo tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number to 135, according to local broadcaster RTK2.

The institute tested 138 samples, three of which turned out to be positive, according to the Institute. The patients have been hospitalised at the Infectious Diseases Clinics.

The new COVID-19 patients come from Severna Mitrovica.

Total of 1,743 suspected samples was tested since February 8.

16 patients fully recovered, while an 82-year-old person died as a consequence of the coronavirus infection.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585474/Three-more-patients-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-Kosovo.html

Seven more die in Serbia, 51 in total, 284 new COVID-19 cases confirmed

April 05, 2020

Seven more COVID-19 patients died in Serbia by Sunday 3 pm and 284 new cases have been confirmed, according to epidemiologist Predrag Kon.

The total number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in Serbia now stands at 51, while 1,908 COVID-19 patients have been confirmed so far.

Of 959 persons who were tested since the last report, 284 were positive for the coronavirus.

Kon said 1,082 patients have been admitted to hospital and 88 were sent to the Belgrade fair facilities, which was turned into a temporary hospital.

Total of 98 patients is connected to respirators.

Serbia’s healthcare authorities have tested 7,360 persons so far.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585878/Seven-more-die-in-Serbia-51-in-total-284-new-COVID-19-cases-confirmed.html

April 05, 2020 Bosnia’s healthcare authorities confirmed that 30 new patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus by Sunday 7 pm, 27 in the Federation (FBiH) and three in Republika Srpska (RS) entity, bringing the total number to 654. Two COVID-19 p

April 05, 2020

Bosnia’s healthcare authorities confirmed that 30 new patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus by Sunday 7 pm, 27 in the Federation (FBiH) and three in Republika Srpska (RS) entity, bringing the total number to 654. Two COVID-19 patients passed away in Bosnia, 23 in total.

FBiH healthcare authorities have tested 3,300 patients so far, of which 347 tested positive.

“Unfortunately, we recorded one death during the day. It is a woman from Bihac (Bosnia’s northwest), who suffered from a chronic disorder,” said Goran Cerkez, a member of FBiH crisis management group, addressing the daily press conference.

Sebija Izetbegovic, Sarajevo University Clinical Centre general manager, confirmed the second fatality.

RS authorities earlier said that three patient tested positive for the coronavirus in that entity in the past 24 hours, 307 in total.

Banja Luka, the northern city and administrative centre of Republika Srpska, remains the hotspot in the whole country with 189 confirmed cases.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, 30 patients have recovered so far.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585912/Bosnia-s-COVID-19-stats-30-new-patients-two-more-fatalities-23-in-total.html

Bosnia's COVID-19 stats: 30 new patients, two more fatalities, 23 in total

April 05, 2020

Bosnia’s healthcare authorities confirmed that 30 new patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus by Sunday 7 pm, 27 in the Federation (FBiH) and three in Republika Srpska (RS) entity, bringing the total number to 654. Two COVID-19 patients passed away in Bosnia, 23 in total.

FBiH healthcare authorities have tested 3,300 patients so far, of which 347 tested positive.

“Unfortunately, we recorded one death during the day. It is a woman from Bihac (Bosnia’s northwest), who suffered from a chronic disorder,” said Goran Cerkez, a member of FBiH crisis management group, addressing the daily press conference.

Sebija Izetbegovic, Sarajevo University Clinical Centre general manager, confirmed the second fatality.

RS authorities earlier said that three patient tested positive for the coronavirus in that entity in the past 24 hours, 307 in total.

Banja Luka, the northern city and administrative centre of Republika Srpska, remains the hotspot in the whole country with 189 confirmed cases.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, 30 patients have recovered so far.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585912/Bosnia-s-COVID-19-stats-30-new-patients-two-more-fatalities-23-in-total.html

Croatia's coronavirus case toll rises by 56 to 1,182; three die in last 24 hours

April 05, 2020

Fifty-six new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of such cases to 1,182, and three people have died, health authorities told a press conference in Zagreb on Sunday.


A total of 10,847 tests have been carried out to date, including 1,014 in the last 24 hours. Of the samples tested, 10.9% have been positive, Health Minister Vili Beros said.

Three persons have died in the last 24 hours - one each in Zadar, Dubrovnik and Osijek. They were all chronic patients of advanced age.

A total of 15 people in Croatia have died to date from complications caused by the COVID-19 virus.

A total of 374 persons have been hospitalised, 39 patients are on ventilators, and 125 have recovered.

Fifty-two percent of patients are male and 48 percent are female, and the average age of patients is 48.19 years.

"As you can see, our epidemiological line is still linear. Let's keep it that way by observing the measures recommended by the civil protection service," Beros said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585906/Croatia-s-coronavirus-case-toll-rises-by-56-to-1-182-three-die-in-last-24-hours.html

North Macedonia confirms another COVID-19 fatality, 72 new patients

April 05, 2020

Another COVID-19 patient died in North Macedonia, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in that country to 18, health minister Venko Filipce confirmed on Sunday.

The minister wrote on his Facebook page that a 63-old-man died at Skopje’s Clinic for Infectious Diseases only a few hours after he was hospitalized, adding that his health condition was critical already.

 According to Filipce, 74 patients are hospitalized at the clinic, 15 of which are critically ill, 11 are connected to respirators and other patients are stable

Three patients who tested negative for the novel coronavirus will leave this hospital, which brings the total number of recovered patients in North Macedonia to 23, said Filipce.

72 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the country over the past 24 hours, 555 in total.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585904/North-Macedonia-confirms-another-COVID-19-fatality-72-new-patients.html

Defense minister: Military Medical Centre prepared for first COVID-19 patients

April 5, 2020

Belgrade’s Military Medical Centre will be ready as of Monday to accept the first COVID-19 patients as soon as the civilian healthcare sector asks for that, said Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.

Speaking to public broadcaster RTS, Vulin said some 6,000 beds were at disposal to the healthcare system, owing to the Army of Serbia’s engagement.

A hospital with 106 oxygen tanks and 60 respirators was prepared at the Military Medical Centre, while its staff will be at disposal as of Monday, the minister confirmed.

According to Vulin, private companies will reconstruct the devastated part of the centre and turn it into a modern hospital “within two weeks.”

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585746/Defence-minister-Military-Medical-Centre-prepared-for-first-COVID-19-patients.html

Serbia records five new deaths caused by COVID-19, 148 new patients

April 4, 2020          

Five more patients passed away in Serbia over the past 24 hours due to the coronavirus infection, bringing the country's death toll to 44. By 3 pm, the healthcare authorities recorded a total of 1,624 COVID-19 patients, said general manager of Infectious Diseases Clinic, dr Goran Stevanovic.

All five fatalities were male patients, with an average age of 63.2 years and they all suffered from other diseases, according to Covid19.rs website.

Of 645 samples that were tested since the last report until Saturday 3 pm, 148 were positive to the novel coronavirus.

The total of 1,048 patients have been hospitalized, 89 at the Belgrade fair facilities. 89 patients were connected to respirators.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585553/Serbia-records-five-new-deaths-caused-by-COVID-19-148-new-patients.html

Three more patients test positive for coronavirus in Kosovo

April 4, 2020

National Public Healthcare Institute confirmed that three more persons in Kosovo tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number to 135, according to local broadcaster RTK2.

The institute tested 138 samples, three of which turned out to be positive, according to the Institute. The patients have been hospitalized at the Infectious Diseases Clinics.

The new COVID-19 patients come from Severna Mitrovica.         

Total of 1,743 suspected samples was tested since February 8.

16 patients fully recovered, while an 82-year-old person died as a consequence of the coronavirus infection.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585474/Three-more-patients-test-positive-for-coronavirus-in-Kosovo.html

North Macedonia sees largest increase of new COVID-19 patients in one day

April 4, 2020

North Macedonia recorded five deaths caused by COVID-19, which brings the total number of fatalities in that country to 17, health minister Venko Filipce confirmed on Saturday.

The country has also seen the largest number of new confirmed patients in one day. Fifty-three new cases of infection with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in North Macedonia over the past 24 hours, with the total number at 483.

The capital Skopje remains a hotspot with the largest number of patients, 221, followed by Kumanovo with 93 patients.

Another four cases were confirmed in Montenegro on Saturday, bringing the country's tally to 201.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585628/North-Macedonia-sees-largest-increase-of-new-COVID-19-patients-in-one-day.html

Montenegro reports 23 new coronavirus cases, 197 in total

April 4, 2020

Twenty-three new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Montenegro in the last 24 hours, bringing their total to 197, the country's Public Health Institute said in a statement on Saturday.

Since the first case was registered in the country on 17 March, two infected persons have died and one has recovered. "A majority of newly-infected people are contacts of previously registered cases," the statement said.

The director of the Public Health Institute, Boban Mugosa, said that one funeral ceremony alone had resulted in 40 infections, adding that a religious gathering in a suburb of the capital Podgorica had become a new hotspot of the disease.

Police regularly process all people found to be in violation of the government measures to contain the spread of the virus and report their arrests in the media.

In Podgorica on Friday evening, two persons were taken into police custody for visiting a friend of theirs, while in Budva six persons were detained after police found them playing cards in a hotel.

A crime of disobeying rules for containing the coronavirus epidemic carries a sentence of one year's imprisonment.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585526/Montenegro-reports-23-new-coronavirus-cases-197-in-total.html

Coronavirus update: Bosnia sees 38 new COVID-19 cases, two more patients die

April 4, 2020

After Bosnia's Republika Srpska (RS) region reported 25 new COVID-19 cases and one fatality on its territory Saturday morning, later the same day another half of the country, the Federation (FBiH), confirmed that 13 new patients were infected with the novel coronavirus and one died, bringing the country's tally to 617 infected and 19 dead.

Addressing the regular daily press conference, the minister said that 316 citizens were tested and 25 turned out positive – 14 from the RS largest city Banja Luka, six from Sipovo, three from Laktasi and one each from Ribnik and Teslic.

One patient fully recovered, he said.

Meanwhile, an elderly COVID-19 patient who was treated at the University Clinical Centre in Banja Luka and who suffered from several other chronic disorders passed away.

Banja Luka remains the hotspot in whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, with 172 patients who have contracted this disease.

Of 13 new patients that the Federation entity confirmed on Saturday, nine were recorded in Herzegovina region, one each in Bihac, Ilidza, Tuzla and Livno.

A 61-year-old man from Konjic, who was critically ill and connected to a respirator since the moment he was hospitalised, passed away Saturday morning at the Mostar clinical centre.

Among the new confirmed cases in the FBiH is a Bosnia's Armed Forces member, who recently returned from Banja Luka. He is also the first confirmed patient in the southwestern town of Livno.

In a brief statement on her Facebook page, Sebija Izetbegovic, Sarajevo University Clinical Centre general manager, said the situation was extremely serious but that there was no room for panic.

Also, speaking to N1, assistant FBiH health minister Goran Cerkez said Bosnia is yet to see the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients but that the situation is under control.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585624/Coronavirus-update-Bosnia-sees-38-new-COVID-19-cases-two-more-patients-die.html

Croatia's COVID-19 stats: 47 new cases, four more deaths, 119 cases of recovery

April 4, 2020

The Croatian health authorities reported on Saturday that in the last 24 hours, out of 583 samples tested for COVID-19, 47 people were positive, bringing their total to 1,126.

There have been four more deaths in the last 24 hours, all in a hospital in the eastern city of Osijek where four elderly patients with underlying medical conditions succumbed to the infection.

Currently, Croatia's coronavirus-related death toll stands at 12, and 39 hospital patients diagnosed with this disease are on ventilators.

Since the first confirmed positive case registered on 25 February, a total of 119 people have recovered from this infectious disease, including 27 since yesterday. Also, 9,833 samples have been tested since the outbreak of the disease in Croatia.

Health Minister Vili Beros told a news conference in Zagreb on Saturday that the next two to three weeks would be critical for defining the course which the country would take in battling the disease. "So let's be responsible and observe the rules," he said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585556/Croatia-s-COVID-19-stats-47-new-cases-four-more-deaths-119-cases-of-recovery.html

Slovenia reports four new COVID-19 deaths, death toll at 20

April 4, 2020

Four more coronavirus patients have died in Slovenia, which puts the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country at 20, the health ministry said on Friday.

Medical workers have so far conducted more than 25,000 tests, testing around 1,000 people on a daily basis.

The number of those infected with the disease rose to 934 from Wednesday to Thursday.

New cases have also been reported in nursing homes. According to a new strategy to fight the epidemic, beneficiaries in nursing homes who have not been diagnosed with the coronavirus will be relocated to separate units to prevent the infection from spreading.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a585382/Twenty-people-died-934-infected-with-coronavirus-in-Slovenia.html

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