© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Women with masks walk on a street after Prime Minister Dusko Markovic declared the country in Podgorica free from Coronavirus (COVID-19)
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Three weeks after declaring it to be free of corona viruses, Montenegro has reported a new COVID-19 case – a person who came from neighboring Bosnia.
It was the first new infection to be reported in the tiny Balkan country since May 5.
The Institute of Public Health, which is tasked with fighting the new corona virus, said the infected patient was self-isolating in the capital of the Balkans, Podgorica.
"An epidemiological investigation is ongoing and initial information suggests that the number of contacts (which the patient had in Montenegro) was limited," it said.
Montenegro, a former Yugoslav republic with a population of 620,000 and whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism revenue, has reported 325 confirmed cases of COVID-19 respiratory disease and nine deaths caused by the new coronavirus.
Prime Minister Dusko Markovic declared Montenegro free of coronavirus on May 25.
His statement followed measures taken in early March to curb the spread of the virus, including the closure of borders, airports and seaports, and a ban on public gatherings and outdoor activities. The restrictions were gradually relaxed.
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