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22 Apr 2020 | 01:31 AM UTC

Montenegro: Authorities announce plans to ease COVID-19 lockdown measures April 21 /update 6

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Montenegrin authorities announce plans to ease coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures on April 21; abide by all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Podgorica). COUNTRY/REGION Montenegro

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Event

Montenegrin authorities announced on Tuesday, April 21, that the current nationwide curfew would be shortened as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown measures begin to ease following a decrease in confirmed cases. The new curfew is now in effect between the hours of 23:00 and 05:00 (local time) on weekdays.

Additionally, the ban on gatherings in residential buildings of persons who are not members of the same household remains in effect. A ban on all sports and recreational activities in public spaces also remains in place.

As of Tuesday, April 21, authorities have confirmed 313 COVID-19 cases nationwide, with five associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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