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Minister Filipche: Epidemiological situation mainly stable, no need for restrictions

Health Minister Venko Filipche says the epidemiological situation is generally stable and there is no need to reintroduce restrictions as the number of patients in ICUs is dropping.

Skopje, 22 July 2020 (MIA) – Health Minister Venko Filipche says the epidemiological situation is generally stable and there is no need to reintroduce restrictions as the number of patients in ICUs is dropping.

“Until now, there’s no need for additional restrictions, there’s not a single parameter indicating that the situation is worsening, both in terms of new confirmed cases and in terms of the number of patients who need hospitalization. The number is constant for a while now,” he tells Kanal 5 TV.

According to Filipche, about 10% of confirmed coronavirus patients have been admitted to hospitals, which indicates that it is under good management.

“In general, I think the situation is stable, epidemiological situation is under control taking into consideration the mass testing approach we have been implementing,” he says.

Restrictions, the Minister noted, won’t be reintroduced that may hinder the work of businesses or limit the movement of the citizens anywhere in the country.

“There are work protocols in place for literally every business. If they are violated, the perpetrators will be fined. Restrictions cannot be imposed only because someone has violated them. Nothing indicates that the measures will be tightened,” Minister Filipche states, urging businesses to adhere to the work protocols.

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