Shtip, 22 July 2020 (MIA) – Shtip at the moment is witnessing a third wave of COVID-19 infections as the number of confirmed cases is rising, Shtip Mayor Blagoj Bochvarski said Wednesday.
“50 infected people are treated at the Shtip Hospital and a total of 579 people are in isolation,” he told a news conference, noting that these figures shouldn’t be underestimated.
“It’s perfectly clear to me that the citizens don’t want restrictive measures to be reintroduced. I plead with every citizen to demonstrate social and health responsibility for themselves and for those around them,” Bochvarski said, adding he was optimistic that the city would handle the new wave of infections without Shtip having to go into lockdown.
The Mayor said he had met with inspectors, police officers and prosecutors. “During the epidemic, we’ve shown that the everyone is equal before the law. No one will be let off the hook if they had broken the law,” he stressed.
Local authorities together with the Shtip Hospital and the Ministry of Health are already working on installing modular facility as part of the hospital’s complex to extend hospital capacities ahead of an expected wave in September and October.
“We all have to realize that the health workers are exhausted, they are under a lot of pressure taking care of patients. By helping them, we are helping the health system to be prepared to tackle challenges in the future,” Mayor Bochvarski said.