The Ministry of Health reports that there is no case of coronavirus infection in Albania. “Healthcare facilities continue testing for COVID-19, by case definition, for suspected cases, at the virology laboratory of the Istituto della Sanita Pubblica, with a total of 59 cases tested. All cases were negative for COVID. -19.
These are people who have had signs of respiratory infection or from countries where there are outbreaks of the new coronavirus.
According to the data offered by the border health unit, “In the last 24 hours, 23.035 passengers entered Albania, which were assessed by measuring the temperature. In the last 24 hours the emergency number has received 1391 calls, including 29 in relation to viral infections, respiratory difficulties or people who have recently traveled to Italy. "
The Ministry of Health and Social Protection recommends that people who have traveled to the affected areas and have had contact with sick or suspect people should get quarantined for a period of 14 days. He also recommends that citizens who have traveled to the countries concerned and who have signs of respiratory viral infection call 127 to receive adequate guidance on how to act based on their health.
But according to the ministry, the Institute of Public Health has all the skills to make a complete diagnosis of COVID-19. “ISP has the necessary capacity for this phase in which we find ourselves, but also for other phases. The technical committee for COVID-of the indications of clinical management in case of some contagion, to follow people and impose the quarantine. The infectious hospital will be the one that will manage the first cases, with a trained staff. In addition, two hospitals COVID 1 and COVID 2 have been identified, with adequate medical personnel where existing patients will be transferred ". The Italian government has extended the so-called "red" areas into 14 provinces with 16 million citizens. However, from the red areas in Italy, the flights to Albania have not been interrupted and the movement of people continues normally.
The opposition: declare a state of emergency
The former Democrat deputy Tritan Shehu urges the government to declare a state of emergency following the situation in Italy, but also in Greece. Shehu provides five reasons why Albania should take this extreme decision, while asking President Ilir Meta to convene the National Security Council.
“Albania must declare a coronavirus emergency today. This, in my opinion, is necessary given the epidemiological situation of the neighboring countries. "
1- During this epidemic in Italy, the "Red Zone" was extended over the territory and with a high mortality rate of around 4,4%. It is a country that has implemented drastic measures and with which we have extensive exchanges.
2- Given the rapid growth of cases of infection in Greece with which we have many exchanges and the emergency measures expected shortly in this country.
3- The other cases recently diagnosed in the countries of the Region.
4-General information on the characteristics of this virus and the dangers it presents.
5- The great weaknesses of our health system, which manifests itself at the level of diagnosis, prevention and treatment. "
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