COVID-19 UPDATES: Bosnia's death toll rises to four, a baby among new patients

COVID-19 UPDATES: Bosnia's death toll rises to four, a baby among new patients

COVID-19 UPDATES: Bosnia's death toll rises to four, a baby among new patients Izvor: Axel Heimken/Pool via REUTERS

21:32 Another two COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Bosnia on Friday evening, bringing the country's tally to 236. According to Sebija Izetbegovic, Sarajevo University Clinical Centre general manager, both patients are from the northwestern town Bihac and they were infected by a patient who earlier tested positive for coronavirus.

18:53 Four more patients including a baby born in 2019 tested positive for the novel coronavirus, two in the southwestern town Siroki Brijeg and two more in Tuzla Canton, north of Sarajevo, bringing the total number of those infected in the country to 234. Only on Friday, by 7 pm, the authorities confirmed 41 new COVID-19 cases and fourth fatality.

In an interview with N1, general manager of Sarajevo University Clinical Centre (KCUS), Sebija Izetbegovic, said the management of this institution was “smart enough” to start the preparations for the pandemic on time.

“We formed a crisis management group at the KCUS on January 31, we introduced the entry ban for students. That's how we prevented the uncontrolled entry of infection. We set up the teams that could work in the state of emergency, and ever since then we have no working hours, no weekends and we're all on alert,” she said.

15:45 A 67-year old patient who was hospitalised a few days ago in the northern town Bihac passed away due to the respiratory complications caused by COVID-19, the health authorities confirmed on Friday.

This case has brought the number of corona-related fatalities to four in the whole country.

Meanwhile, the crisis management group to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the central Zenica-Doboj Canton (ZDK) confirmed that three patients have cured of COVID-19 and were sent home.

According to Adnan Jupic, chief of the crisis management group, there are some 4,800 citizens in self-isolation on the canton's territory and so far eight tested positive for coronavirus.

"The system is stable and able to respond to the current tasks. Nothing can deteriorate it. The only way to do that is from the inside and in many ways. One of the ways is irresponsible behaviour of the citizens who were put in the isolation and another way, which is even more dangerous, is providing inaccurate information to the doctors," said Jupic.

14:34 Another person tested positive for COVID-19 in the southern city of Mostar, local health authorities confirmed, bringing the total in the country to 230.

The patient, a resident of Citluk, recently travelled home from New York, said the head of the infectious diseases department at the Mostar University Clinical Hospital (SKB), Jurica Arapovic.

Eight people are currently under care at the hospital with four hooked up on respirators, he said.

10:27 Another three people tested positive for COVID-19 in the town of Konjic on Friday and by noon the country has already seen 34 new cases, bringing the total to 229 across the country.

10:09 The Health Minister of Bosnia's Serb-majority region confirmed at his daily press conference on Friday that another 34 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and local authorities across the country are reporting more cases by the hour.

09:55 Health authorities in the southwestern municipality of Grude confirmed that the wife of a man who contracted COVID-19 also tested positive for the virus on Friday, bringing the number total of confirmed cases across the country to 192.

08:50 The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bosnia has increased by about a third throughout the past five days and now stands at 191.

The latest case was confirmed on Friday morning in the eastern town of Gorazde. The person was sent to home isolation, according to the head of the local Civil Protection Headquarters, Edita Velic, who added that another nine people were tested for the virus.

The country had three coronavirus-related deaths by now.

Strict measures and curfews are in place across the country and no foreigners are allowed to cross the border.

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