Montenegro’s health authorities on Monday registered its highest daily COVID-19 death tally with 18 coronavirus-related deaths, as the country began vaccinating people over 80.
The death toll since the start of the pandemic now stands at 1,085, while the number of current active coronavirus cases currently stands at almost 9,000 active cases or 1.5% of the entire population.
For weeks, Montenegro has been among the countries with the world’s highest number of new cases and it ranks among the global top ten when it comes to the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants.
Last week, health authorities and epidemiologists proposed a total lockdown but the government’s COVID-19 response team decided that until 10 March, the focus will be on overseeing compliance with restrictions, for which even the army has been engaged.
Bars and restaurants are closed in most cities, while a curfew runs from 9 pm to 5 am. People living in Podgorica, who account for one-third of the country’s population, have not been allowed to leave their municipality since the start of last week. The same restrictions also apply in several other cities across Montenegro.
Vaccination has begun with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, as 10,000 doses of the 50,000 ordered Russian vaccines have already been delivered. And while the government received a donation of 2,000 Sputnik vaccines from Serbia, it is currently negotiating the purchase of an additional 200,000.
Montenegro has also received a donation of 30,000 vaccines from China.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)