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Mandić: Quarantine may be reduced to 14 days if the test is negative

Text: Vernera Jakupović, FENA Photo/Harun Muminović

SARAJEVO, April 21 (FENA) - FBiH Minister of Health Vjekoslav Mandić clarified some uncertainties regarding the establishment of quarantines upon the entry of persons into Bosnia and Herzegovina, during today's regular address of representatives of the FBiH institutions regarding the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

In this regard, he stated chronologically that on April 10, the FBiH Civil Protection Crisis Staff issued an order that all persons entering Bosnia and Herzegovina must go to quarantines established at the cantonal level, and at the expense of the FBiH level.

Previously, all persons were detained in tent areas at border crossings, and then the Cantonal Civil Protection Crisis Staffs escorted them to quarantine capacities.

According to the Law on the Protection of People from Infectious Diseases, quarantine is prescribed for a double incubation period of 28 days, Mandić explained, adding that on April 14, the World Health Organization recommended that the quarantine could last for 14 days, provided that the coronavirus test is negative after that period.

According to the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the quarantine measure can therefore be reduced to 14 days under the aforementioned condition, Minister Mandić reiterated.

He answered to the press questions about the coronavirus tests and said that there are enough tests so far and more will be purchased if necessary.

Mandić emphasizes that only professionals should decide how many people will be tested and when.

More and more testing is being done daily in the Federation of BiH because this epidemic requires it, he concluded.

Responding to the question from a journalist, the Minister said he regrets about the dissatisfaction of people in quarantines on Bjelave (Sarajevo) and in Zenica, and asked them not to do so in order not to further endanger their own health. He reiterated that quarantine could be terminated after 14 days, as recommended by the World Health Organization, if the test on the coronavirus was negative. According to Mandić, a recommendation has been sent from the FBiH level, and epidemiologists are obliged to perform quarantine testing after 14 days, and if the test is negative, the quarantine may be terminated.

He also commented that health centers can have a sufficient number of tests if they try their best to address the cantonal public health institutes on time, concludes Minister Vjekoslav Mandić.