The complication of the epidemic in the Balkan region and throughout Europe is due to non-compliance with protection measures against COVID-19 and requires increased control by the authorities, the World Health Organization (WHO) office in Belgrade told.
The authorities of Albania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Northern Macedonia, Croatia, Montenegro, and the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo note an increase in the number of patients and deaths from coronavirus after the July and August decline in the incidence, easing measures and partial opening of borders.
“We are facing a serious epidemiological situation not only in the region but throughout Europe. All countries must respond to the situation with adequate health measures, coordinated and resolute. This means checking suspected cases, links between them, quarantining contacts, keeping a distance if we can’t wear masks, and maintaining respiratory and hand hygiene,” the WHO representative office told.
“The reasons for the deterioration (of the epidemic) are the failure of citizens to comply with measures, especially on vacation, at stadiums, in night clubs, religious sites, and at festivals and other mass gatherings. Infection prevention and control have become a serious challenge for some states,” the organization said.
WHO representatives pointed out that opening schools were also a challenge. Still, it is a necessary step for education, socialization of children, and elimination of inequality, and called for strengthening measures “to reduce the risk of infection of schoolchildren to a minimum.”