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26% of COVID-19 patients over 60, elderly and chronically ill people must be careful, says Filipche

According to the latest report of the Institute of Public Health, between June 20 and June 28, compared to the previous week, less new COVID-19 cases were registered (303), eight less fatalities and 216 more recovered patients.

Skopje, 6 June 2020 (MIA) – According to the latest report of the Institute of Public Health, between June 20 and June 28, compared to the previous week, less new COVID-19 cases were registered (303), eight less fatalities and 216 more recovered patients.

A total of 860 cases were registered last week, which is a significant drop compared to the 1,000 cases on average in the past three weeks. The basic reproduction number R0, over a period of ten days, was 1,1 for two-three days, while it stood at 0.9 throughout, Health Minister Venko Filipche said Monday.

Speaking at a news conference, Filipche said confirmed coronavirus cases were registered across all age groups, but the group consisting of people over 60 singled out – 26 per cent.

“I call on the elderly and those with chronic illnesses to be extremely careful. In the latest report, 57 deaths were registered in ten cities, which is less by eight compared to the past week. Most cases were in fact people over 60 with 44 per cent of those having pre-existing conditions,” he urged.

Citing figures, the Minister said that 46 per cent of the registered cases were in Skopje, followed by Tetovo, 13 per cent, and Gostivar. “These cities are still considered as hotspots in the country. The number of new cases in 15 cities in the same period is below 20. The numbers vary across the country. It can be concluded that there are no signs suggesting an outbreak in new hotspots,” Filipche stated.

Also, 447 people have recovered after treatment at home or in a hospital. “It’s an increase by 216 compared to the report from previous week. It’s an important and positive indicator that affects the decrease in the rise in active cases.”

“In the past few days, the number of active cases has been balanced. It remains to be seen if this trend is likely to continue. Today, we registered a drop in new cases, it remains to be seen whether it is a variation of some kind or a trend,” the Health Minister said.

A total 68,059 tests have been conducted so far.

According to him, the mass testing strategy, including contact tracing, is producing results.

“On average, there are close to 8,000 tests a week. This approach allows us to have an deeper insight into the spread of the new virus. This systems allows us to stabilize the situation in the two hotspots, namely Skopje and the Tetovo region,” Filipche told the news conference.

On Monday, North Macedonia registered 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 172 patients who have recovered, and five deaths.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, North Macedonia has registered 7,124 confirmed coronavirus cases, while 3,199 people have recovered. The death toll stands at 346.

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