North Mitrovica and Zvecan emergency teams: New curfew from noon to 6 am for the next 14 days

Krizni štab Mitrovica Zvečan

The Serbian-sponsored emergency teams of the municipalities of North Mitrovica and Zvecan made a number of decisions during yesterday’s session, such as a new curfew from noon to 6 am. This decision will go into effect today and will be in force for 14 days, the mayor of North Mitrovica, Goran Rakic announced.

The decision was made following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in these municipalities in the past days, raising the risk of the virus spreading, which was confirmed by epidemiological reports from emergency teams in the two municipalities, Rakic said.

Previously, Kosovo Minister of Health, Arben Vitia confirmed for KoSSev that the decision on the curfew would be made only in 100% coordination with North Mitrovica Mayor, Goran Rakic.

In coordination with the Institute for Public Health and the epidemic services and the Ministry of Health, a decision was made to introduce new measures that would facilitate the fight against this pandemic, Rakic said.

The emergency teams of these two municipalities introduced a new curfew, from noon to 6 am, which will be in force for the next two weeks. All employees involved in essential service – such as medical personnel, food and medicine delivery and supply workers, municipality and emergency team staff, including citizens in need of medical attention, will be exempt from this measure.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of coronavirus must contact the emergency department of the Hospital Center as soon as possible.

According to the emergency teams, the measures introduced so far remain in force, these two municipalities are in quarantine and coronavirus-infected citizens will be placed in the student dormitories until further notice.

Gathering indoors before the curfew is prohibited, except in the case of organizations, and a physical distance of two meters must be maintained – the emergency teams said, adding that the use of protective masks and gloves is mandatory.

From here on, shops are obliged to disinfect their premises several times during the day, especially shopping carts and baskets. No more than two shoppers are allowed in stores at a time.

Rakic called on all citizens to have support and understanding regarding these measures, stressing that this is a joint struggle.

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 this week to suspend travel between the two municipalities.

In addition, curfews introduced by the Republic of Serbia have also been imposed in the north, including a complete lockdown from Friday at 5 pm to early Monday early in the morning.

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