The ban and the special regime on the territory of the country started on Friday, April 17 at 4 pm and will last until 5 am on April 21, 2020 (Tuesday), and the Government instructed the Ministry of Interior to intensify the controls over the religious temples during the Easter holidays.
All preventive measures we have enforced until now – movement restrictions, recommendations for organization of work and physical distancing – are now producing results. All of this has led to a linear rise in patients, who can be properly treated in hospitals, said Health Minister Venko Filipche during an online video session on Saturday.
He said all additional measures, such as lockdown weekends, extension of the curfew during weekdays and separation of the elderly and the youth have been enforced on time.
“I believe they will also produce results in the coming period in the sense of significantly reducing the disease transmission, so that the number of new patients gradually decreases, leading to restrictive measures being eased down,” said Filipce.
Minister Filipce said the hospital capacities are not fully used, with the Clinic for Infectious Diseases half-full, September 8 hospital at about 20 percent, and other hospitals with small percentages of usage.