“The fight with such a dangerous virus has won and Montenegro became the first country to have no new corona virus in Europe,” Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said at a press conference on 25/5 after a meeting with the The mission was assigned to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to the Reuters, Prime Minister Markovic started the press conference by removing his mask.
Markovic said Montenegro would reopen the border with countries that meet the standards of the Montenegro Public Health Institute, with less than 25 cases per 100,000 people. These countries include Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech, Hungary, Albania and Greece.
Prime Minister Markovic also announced economic development measures, especially in the tourism sector, in order to restructure the economy in the medium term.
The battle against Covid-19 in Montenegro lasted for 68 days. During this period, 324 people had tested positive for Covid-19, of which 9 died and 315 recovered. In the past 24 hours, Montenegro analyzed 140 new samples and all were negative for Covid-19.
Prime Minister Markovic praised the 28-day blockade and isolation measures, as well as the citizens’ responsibility that prevented Montenegro from declaring a national emergency or imposing a curfew.
Health Minister Kenan Hrapovic said Montenegro was “the last country in Europe to recognize the presence of Covid-19, but was the first country to defeat the virus”.
In early March, Montenegro, a country of 620,000 people whose main source of income was tourism, closed borders, airports, ports and schools to control the Covid-19 epidemic. Crowded events and outdoor activities are prohibited.
The Montenegro authorities also sanctioned or charged hundreds of people with failing to comply with anti-epidemic measures or sanitation regulations. To control the spread of the virus, Montenegro even made public lists, including names and addresses, of self-isolated people.
Europe is the region with the largest outbreaks in the world. However, some of the European countries most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, such as Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the UK, have recently removed some of the strict restrictions and allowed businesses. Not necessarily reopened.
According to the Xinhua, Reuters