Opposition MPs slam government for management of COVID-19 pandemic

In today’s extraordinary session of the Kosovo Assembly, opposition MPs slammed the government for failing to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and for the latest restrictive measures.

The Assembly session is held at a time when the infection rate is at a record high since the start of the pandemic. 

Armend Zemaj, MP from the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and former Minister of Health, said: “nearly 30,000 new cases with COVID-19 only this month. This is the result of the online management of the pandemic; a result of an incapable government that introduces inadequate measures. The government is neglecting mass testing, mass vaccination and care in schools”.

Memli Krasniqi, leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), said the biggest concern is that the government is not worried about the grave situation with COVID-19. “This government made two basic mistakes in the management of the pandemic: it either hesitated to properly read the situation, or it has read it the wrong way. When they hesitate to read it, they hesitate to react in a timely fashion, and when they fail to read the situation properly, they act without a plan but on impulse,” Krasniqi argued. He also said that it is senseless to limit the movement of people.

Shemsedin Dreshaj, MP from the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), said the measure limiting the movement of people does not stop the virus from spreading. “The pandemic cannot be fought by restricting the movement of people but with healthcare measures,” he said.