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13 Mar 2020 | 02:51 PM UTC

Montenegro: Government implements new COVID-19 containment measures March 13 /update 1

Montenegro implements new COVID-19 containment measures on March 13, including school closures and self-quarantine for some travelers; confirm travel itineraries

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On Friday, March 13, government officials announced that several of Montenegro's border crossings with Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Albania would be closed to prevent further spread of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Citizens have also been barred from traveling to France, Greece, Switzerland, Denmark, and Slovenia, and travelers from these countries will be subject to isolation upon their arrival in Montenegro.

The country's health ministry also announced that public gatherings will be banned and schools will be closed until at least Friday, March 27. Additionally, it announced a ban on the arrival of ships at its Adriatic ports.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montenegro. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the coming days and weeks.

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 the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble 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.

  • 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.