New measures to slow down increase of COVID-19 cases

The Committee for coordination and assessment of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic met today, following the significant increase in positive cases of Covid-19 in recent days.

The National Institute of Public Health has confirmed that almost all of these cases are of the Omicron variant, which spreads extremely quickly and easily compared to previous variants of the Coronavirus.

The new version of the Coronavirus requires an update of measures based on data, said the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, at the opening of the meeting.

Due to the extremely contagious nature of the Omicron variant, the rise of cases, at least for a time, was inevitable. Therefore, the Prime Minister requested from this Committee that the established measures have as main goal the slowing down of the increase of cases.

"Slowing down the increase in the number of cases will ensure that the functioning of the health system is not endangered by a large and sudden influx of patients in hospitals, or by the lack of infected health workers. Also, such a slowdown will give time to the citizens to be vaccinated as massively as possible, either with the first two doses or with the boosting dose. This will provide you with protection from infection or serious illness, as well as help Kosovo as a whole to pass the current wave as quickly as possible and with as few consequences as possible," reads the announcement made by the Office of the Prime Minister.

The Minister of Health, Rifat Latifi has called for vaccination and assured the citizens of Kosovo that the vaccines are not expired.

"Of course, there will be a change of measures, these measures will be in proportion to the developments and the spread of cases, the spread of COVID-19 and will be in proportion to the development needs of children in schools, keeping schools open, keeping open economy Each of us should be vaccinated, every child should be vaccinated, those who got the first vaccine should get the second and third. We have enough vaccines, our vaccines have not expired, we have everything in order, therefore it is extremely important for us to be vaccinated," he stressed.

Not giving many details about the recommendations, Latifi added that it may happen that the operation of gastronomy will be allowed only until 22:00.

Minister Latifi said that recommendations for review of the measures will be sent to the government today or tomorrow morning.