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DAILY BRIEF May 26, state of emergency, day 68: Government deciding on COVID-19 measures, 16 new cases, concluding words on “Racket” case…

NEWS OF THE DAY: The government this afternoon will decide on the measures for protection against COVID-19

The government, starting at 4.00 pm, will hold a session at which decisions are expected on the measures and recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The government press service announced a statement after the session ends.

Today a meeting was held by the Committee for Infectious Diseases, which is analysing the current situation regarding the spread of the virus, and among the topics for discussion were

the possibilities for easing the measures, for opening restaurants and cafes, kindergartens and the possibly for lifting the curfew.

According to the previous recommendations of the Committee, a decision should be made on the criteria according to which the cafes will open, that is, for there to be a limited number of guests, space between the tables or the possibility for only the terraces to work or the summer gardens of the facilities.

STATE OF EMERGENCY:

Today, the Institute for Public Health has registered 14 recovered patients: Skopje 3 and Tetovo 11, 314 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours and 16 new COVID-19 cases have been registered, as follows: Skopje 9, Stip 5, Struga 1 and Gostivar 1. Three patients have died: patient from Veles (78), hospitalized on May 14. In the General Hospital “September 8” a patient from Tetovo died (84), admitted to the hospital on May 20 and a patient from Skopje (76) admitted on May 19.

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According to the information of the Center for Public Health in Veles, in the past 24 hours there are no new registered COVID-19 cases, thus making this the fifth day in a row in Veles without any new registered COVID-19 cases since May 21, when there were 127, of which now there are 40 active cases.

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Five new COVID-19 cases in Stip, of which four are textile workers from the Stip clothing industry, where in the past two days two infected workers were registered, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to six people. The Mayor of the Municipality of Stip, Blagoj Bocvarski, today said that he has been informed by the owner of the textile factory that the factory will be closed for one week, and if necessary even longer.

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The Stip Municipal Crisis Headquarters today has started with targeted disinfection of several locations, primarily, textile companies, said the Mayor of Stip, Blagoj Bocvarski, who manages the Municipal Crisis Headquarters, following today’s meeting of the Headquarters.

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Opening of restaurants and cafes, kindergartens and reducing the curfew hours, are some of the topics that the Committee for Infectious Diseases should discuss today, following the announcements that there would be easing of the measures after the holidays.

The Committee for Infectious Diseases is denying the information that has come out today in certain media outlets that at this morning’s meeting a decision had been made to fully ease the measures, as they have not been respected by the citizens, announced the Ministry of Health.

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A total of 289 people have disobeyed the curfew during this past extended holiday weekend, of which 187 have been detained and 355 citizens have been sanctioned for not wearing personal protection over the face.

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In the past 24 hours, during the curfew, according to statistical data of the MOI, on the territory of the Sector for Interior Ohrid, the ban on movement was fully respected in Kicevo.

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Today the Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office Prilep submitted proposals to the Prilep Basic Court for issuing criminal orders against three people, and to the Basic Court Krusevo submitted proposals for issuing criminal orders against two persons for violating the curfew.

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The Department for Interior Affairs from Debar has submitted to the competent Basic Public Prosecutor’s Office criminal charges against V.K (20) form Debar suspected for the crime “not acting according to the health regulations during an epidemic”, informed Stefan Dimoski, spokesperson of the Sector of Internal Affairs of Ohrid.

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Currently, 79 people who have returned from abroad are staying at the State Quarantine in Hotel “Montenegro” near Veles, of which most are young people who have worked on cruisers and all of them have had a medical examination and are in a good condition,

informed for MIA, Doctor Strahil Todorov, spokesperson for the Public Health Institute of Veles.

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An assessment will be made by the end of the week as to whether a new, third state of emergency should be declared, said today Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski.

FLASH NEWS:

Measures that are already being implemented and with which the public is already familiar should not be promoted, as well as measures that are not directly related to coping with the consequences of COVID-19, points out the State Commission for Prevention of Corruption (SCPC).

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Katica Janeva still thinks she is in Charlie’s Angels, with these words prosecutor Vilma Ruskoska started the concluding words for the “Racket” case. According to her, Janeva with her Charlie’s Angels was raised on a pedestal, but at the end she chose to be on the side of the evil.

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A photo of the “Louis Vuitton” purse, from the “Racket” case, in the home of the parents of defendant Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13, today in the Criminal Court Skopje caused a great reaction by the defence of this defendant who considers that the public prosecutor is trying to convey proof in the concluding words.

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Over 320.000 pensioners will receive their May pensions early. The payment starts tomorrow, May 27, and will be carried out in phases.

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The retail prices of oil derivatives are rising by an average of 8.5 percent, announced the Energy Regulatory Commission.

А. Petrovska

Translation: N. Cvetkovska

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