Strict restrictive measures are imposed by Northern Macedonia, such as a curfew in the evening and night and the closure of cafes and restaurants, following the rapid deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the country.
According to the Prime Minister of the country, Zoran Zaef, with a decision of the government, from April 6 to April 20, the movement of citizens throughout the territory is prohibited from 8 pm to 5 am the next morning.
Also, from Wednesday, April 7 until April 20, cafes and restaurants across the country, as well as gyms and indoor stadiums are closed. Cafes and restaurants can be open and operate only by the method of take away and delivery.
“The number of new cases is constantly increasing, as is the number of deaths by him coronavirus. So far, health personnel have been able to meet the challenges, but now the burden on health workers struggling to save lives is unbearable. We are facing the greatest pressure on the public health system since the beginning of the pandemic. At the moment we have to face the very serious consequences. “For these reasons, the government is taking new restrictive measures,” Zoran Zaef told a news conference today.
Despite the fact that Northern Macedonia counts a large number of cases of coronavirus and deaths from the effects of the disease in relation to its population, in recent months it had eased the restrictive measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in society.
Among other things, all retail stores in the country are operating normally, while restaurants and cafes are allowed to operate until 9 pm. There is also no restriction on travel from region to region of the country, while those who enter it are not required to have a negative coronary PCR test. The only restrictive measure in force today is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am.
By all accounts, the main reason that Northern Macedonia had not imposed restrictive measures during the entire second and third waves of the pandemic is related to purely economic logic and is done in order to limit the losses of the already fragile economy of the country.
In the small Balkan country of two million inhabitants, 135,167 SARS-CoV-2 infections and 3,977 deaths due to COVID-19 have been recorded to date.