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DAILY BRIEF April 7, state of emergency, day 20: Permits for movement during curfew hours, new COVID-19 cases, online classes and State Matura exam…

NEWS OF THE DAY: 27.000 permits issued for movement during curfew hours, permits can be obtained also for taking care of people

The Ministry of Information Society and Administration has so far issued representatives of institutions or other categories of citizens a total of 27 thousand permits for movement during curfew hours, which is in effect due to the state of emergency with the COVID-19 pandemic. Persons taking care of sick or of persons who are unable to take care of themselves can also obtain such a permit, informed today Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski.

As Minister Mancevski said, those seeking a permit need to submit personal information to the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, namely, their name and last name, ID number and telephone number, as well as a medical certificate that proves the medical conditions of the person they are taking care of. The permit is also issued electronically and everyone will receive it by email, said Mancevski at a press conference, at which an Internet donation was announced from Telekom for children of socially vulnerable families.

STATEMENT OF THE DAY: Pendarovski: Only together we can win the battle against the coronavirus, let’s be responsible and disciplined

“With hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world, the COVID-19 virus is still a global threat to everyone’s life. On World Health Day today, once again I call for all of us to be responsible and disciplined. It depends on all of us whether there will be a need for further tightening of the protection measures. How long the curfew or the state of emergency will be in effect depends on each one of us, said President Pendarovski in his message on Facebook.

STATE OF EMERGENCY, DAY 20

Four patients infected with coronavirus have died today at the Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Skopje as follows: patient from Kumanovo (52), patient from Labunista-Struga (65), patient from Celopek – Tetovo (62) and one patient from Stip (81). In Kumanovo another 53-year-old patient has died in his home, who was conformed to have had the virus.

Over the last 24 hours, 29 new cases have been registered. By cities: Skopje – 15, Kumanovo – 7, Prilep – 1, Struga – 3 and Kocani – 3.

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The security situation on the territory of the municipalities of Debar and Centar Zhupa, where a state of emergency has been declared, is stable. No gatherings of citizens at public places has been registered, there has been no violation of the public peace and order and there have been no registered traffic accidents.

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The Director of the Kumanovo Center for Public Health, Doctor Arif Ljatifi, today informed that seven positive coronavirus patients have been registered in 24 hours. He added that more than 70 tests have been made in the Kumanovo hospital.

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The Public Transport Enterprise has informed the citizens that as of tomorrow, Wednesday (08.4.2020), in accordance to the decision of the Government for banning the movement of all citizens from Monday to Friday from 4.00 pm to 5.00 am the following day, as well as the ban on movement from 4.00 pm on Friday to 5.00 am on Monday, there will be changes in the timetable of the public transportation, and ticket offices and personalization centers will also have changed working hours.

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A company from Gostivar has started with a trial production of sanitary gates, in which disinfection would be conducted when entering facilities that are more frequently visited. The company donated the first sanitary gate to the Municipality of Gostivar and today it was set up in front of the building of the municipal administration.

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Economic operators working in the first shift need to organize the working process according to the ban and the special regime of movement, while production capacities working also in the second, third and fourth shift need to organize their manner of work as before, with issued permits for movement by the employer according to the prescribed form, is said in the conclusion of the Government from yesterday’s session at which additional measures and activities for preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus were adopted.

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Newly appointed director of the General Hospital in Ohrid, Dr. Goran Balevski, today announced that the situation with the coronavirus is closely monitored, assuring that the health institution has enough capacities and knowledge for dealing with the challenges brought by the epidemic.

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In the country there are no coronavirus tests that have not been registered in the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices (MALMED), announced today the Director of MALMED Visare Riza.

FLASH NEWS

Following the petition initiated by high school students for this year’s State Matura Exam to be cancelled, Minister of Education Arber Ademi said that there is still no final decision, because the situation is being analysed, but noted that all options are open.

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Telekom will donate mobile internet to all 30.000 primary and secondary school students coming from families of social risk, to enable them to follow the classes on the platforms for distance learning, set by the Ministry of Education and Science, until the end of the school year, announced today the Director of Makedonski Telekom, Nikola Ljushev.

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The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is realizing services for support of disability persons and other vulnerable categories in conditions of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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The total value of exported goods from our country in the first two months of this year amounted to 1.074.461.000 US dollars, a 0.2% decrease compared to the same period last year, published today the State Statistical Office.

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Students who need to go to their dormitories in order to take some of their personal belongings they have left there, can do so in the following four days starting from today, in a determined period of time according to the curfew hours and the additional restrictions on freedom of movement, informed the Director of the State Student Center, Dario Nikolovski.

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State Labor Inspectorate appeals to employees not to sign agreements or dismissals if they are not sure what they mean. They recommend for them to be cautious to what is being signed or to consult with experts on this matter.

Angela Petrovska

Translation: N. Cvetkovska

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