„The Kosovo Ministry of Health has been in regular communication with the Mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, to discuss possible new measures solely aimed at protecting the lives of citizens, especially of North Mitrovica, as well as the entire Kosovo population. The new measures could soon include a curfew from noon to six in the morning. But it will depend solely on the decision of Mr. Rakic himself, and what he deems to be in the best interest of the town he governs,“ Kosovo Minister of Health, Arben Vitia told KoSSev.
In light of the increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the north of Kosovo, the decision to introduce a new curfew (from noon to six in the morning) is currently under advisement. The employees of essential services would be exempt from the measure.
The Kosovo Ministry of Health makes decisions on curfew based on a declared state of emergency in public health, solely with coordination and joint decision-making with mayors of municipalities who know their towns better, and the same applies to North Mitrovica and Mayor Rakic, Vitia emphasized.
“Firstly, I regularly coordinate with Mayor Rakic. No decision will be made without 100% coordination with him. If he believes that the following decisions are necessary for the benefit of the citizens, I will be supportive of it. I will pass on information to him every day so that new measures are in line with epidemiological and professional measures. That is why this coordination is necessary, and it will continue with all mayors. If he thinks that such a decision is needed, so it will be because he knows his town better than I do,“ Vitia said, adding:
„Secondly, I ask the public to understand that any decision that I and Mr. Rakic reach now, we do so with the sole interest of protecting the health and life of citizens and North Mitrovica and the entire population. I ask the public to understand that there is no room for the politicization and that we are working together on this.“
KoSSev portal’s attempt by telephone to obtain a comment on this possible new curfew from the Mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic, was unsuccessful. In the meantime, KoSSev journalists sent a written inquiry to Rakic, however, no reply arrived prior to this news been published.
When asked during today’s press conference of the Kosovska Mitrovica emergency team if he was aware of the possibility that a new curfew measure (from noon to 6 am) could be introduced soon in North Mitrovica, but that it would depend solely on the coordination between Mayor Goran Rakic and the Kosovo Ministry of Health, the head of the Kosovska Mitrovica Provisional Authority, Aleksandar Spiric did not answer directly. Spiric, however, said the town leaders would meet during the day and make decisions that are in the sole interest of the citizens.
North Mitrovica and Zvecan municipalities were placed in quarantine on Friday, as per the decision by the Serbian-sponsored emergency teams of the two municipalities. This measure, however, was imposed with Pristina’s „full coordination“ with local governments in the north.
The Kosovska Mitrovica and Zvecan emergency teams decided on Tuesday to suspend travel between the two municipalities.
According to the latest data, there are 37 confirmed coronavirus cases in the north of Kosovo.
Additionally, curfews introduced by the Republic of Serbia have also been imposed in the north, including a complete lockdown from Saturday at 1 pm to Monday early in the morning. Also, the curfews imposed by Belgrade and Pristina coincide over workdays – from 5 pm to 5 am or from 5 pm to 6 am respectively.
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