COVID-19 / Manastirliu: Citizens to implement the measures, the government is working on all scenarios


The Minister of Health and Social Protection, Ogerta Manastirliu said in a television interview that citizens must strictly apply the rules of social distancing, as well as those of hygiene, despite the end of the natural disaster, as the COVID-19 virus continues to circulate.

Minister Manastirliu said that the COVID-19 virus is unpredictable, but the government is working hard and has based the scenarios on projections.

"This virus is unpredictable and we can not make long-term and medium-term plans. But what we build are projection-based scenarios. We are working hard, in terms of health to have ready scenarios for the worst, always hoping for the best. But also for schools, to respond not only to teaching in schools, but also to online learning and to all those activities that are necessary, but that if we are going to face a difficulty, we must respond with an alternation of services. I can not say about re-isolation today, because the situation is very dynamic and if a vaccine is detected it will be much easier. In case of lack of a vaccine, measures of physical distancing, masks, personal hygiene will continue to be measures that will have great value, as the only weapon we have in hand against the virus ", - said Minister Manastirliu.

Regarding the infections in QSUT, Minister Manastirliu added that these are sporadic cases, which according to her have not been absent even in the hospitals of the most developed countries such as Italy and Germany.

Manastirliu said that our country has the necessary supplies with tests for COVID-19, but the strategy followed "Smart Testing", has made that in the beginning there were fewer tests and now increasing according to a well-defined strategy.

"We have an ongoing supply of buffers. It is not just a matter of testing itself. But it is also 'smart testing', we test to break the chain of infection. There will be no shortage of molecular testing and we are opening a molecular testing laboratory at QSUT. "We have a plan to extend it, but we are testing it, according to a strategy to break the chain of infection," said the Minister of Health and Social Protection.

Manastirliu said that some activities will continue to remain closed, such as weddings, indoor playgrounds, cinemas and theaters.

"Removing the state of natural disaster means that there is no going back on closing and restricting movement, but that does not mean that the pandemic state is over. Therefore, all measures are within the state of the epidemic, which have been set to prevent the spread. Restrictions that remain in force are those related to high-risk activities, nightclubs, indoor playgrounds and swimming pools. "Also, cinemas and theaters will not be opened," said Manastirliu.

Regarding public transport, the Minister of Health said that every passenger will be obliged to wear a mask and compliance with the protocol will be monitored by the entities that will provide this service. "The new normalcy dictates us to live by new rules and today a higher conscience is required than ever. "Wearing a mask while using public transport is an obligation."



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