Home » Bosnia Steps up COVID-19 Preventive Measures Amid Case Increase
Balkans Crime Featured Global News News Politics

Bosnia Steps up COVID-19 Preventive Measures Amid Case Increase

The government of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has reintroduced mandatory masks in all medical and social care facilities, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, the government said Thursday.

Medical and social care institutions in all ten cantons of the Federation of BiH have also been ordered to reopen all vaccination points, and speed up the vaccination process, with the country facing its sixth COVID-19 wave in the past week.

Both measures will remain in force for the next 30 days, in order to protect public health.

Currently, 7,657 active COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Federation of BiH, and the weekly incidence is 63 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Of the 126 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, three quarters are not vaccinated, while one quarter is fully vaccinated, the government said.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is divided into two entities, the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska. However, Republika Srpska has not stepped up its COVID-19 preventive measures.

Over the past 48 hours, the country has reported a total of 990 new cases and nine COVID-19-related deaths. Official figures show that 846,080 people or 26 percent of the total population of BiH have been fully vaccinated.

To date, BiH has reported a total of 15,892 deaths.