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18 Mar 2020 | 12:06 PM UTC

Montenegro: Country confirms first cases of COVID-19 March 17 /update 3

Montenegro confirms first cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on March 17; further spread of the virus expected over the near term



On Tuesday, March 17, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic confirmed Montenegro's first two cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). One of the patients recently arrived from Spain and the other from the US; both are currently hospitalized.

On Monday, March 16, Montenegro temporarily suspended all flights of national carrier Montenegro Airlines and all international bus and rail lines over concerns regarding the spread of the disease. Montenegro Airlines announced that its operations would be halted through April 1. The move comes after Montenegro announced on Friday, March 13, that public gatherings would be banned, schools and restaurants would be shuttered, and several of Montenegro's border crossings with Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, and Albania would be closed to prevent further the further spread COVID-19.

Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the coming days and weeks.


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.


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, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

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