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BiH: More than 100 migrants are positive for COVID-19

At today’s meeting of the Operational Group for the Situation of Migrants and Refugees in the Una-Sana Canton (USC), it was confirmed that in recent days all users of the services of the Temporary Reception Center “Miral” in Greater Kladuša were tested for COVID -19, with 135 results coming back positive.

“Unfortunately, this information is accurate, but it is particularly worrying that 55 infected migrants left the camp after that and headed in an unknown direction. It is an unacceptable omission of the international and security organizations and agencies that run the center. We therefore urge the USC Cantonal Attorney’s Office to respond to this matter and review the responsibilities for such a threat to the health and epidemiological situation in our canton, “said USC Prime Minister Mustafa Ružnić.

He added that the assistance of the competent state institutions was sought in finding an adequate space for treating people with a more severe clinical picture, given the overcrowding of city and municipal health centers and the Cantonal Hospital in Bihać.

“We just need help treating the migrants and refugees who have contracted COVID-19, because we no longer have any capacity. We hope for an adequate response, in order to provide adequate assistance to people with a severe clinical picture, ”said Ružnić.

Due to the increased number of infected users of reception center services, it was announced at the meeting of the Operational Group that surveillance and control will be intensified, ie entry will be prohibited for migrants and refugees in Una-Sana Canton.

Authorities confirmed Tuesday afternoon that 55 migrants simply jumped the fence after testing and headed in an unknown direction. Apparently, no one even tried to stop them.

In two migrant camps in the canton’s urban areas, another 50 migrants tested positive for coronavirus – 45 in Camp Borica and 11 in Camp Sedra, according to the Cantonal Institute of Public Health.

Currently, there are about 4,300 migrants in six camps in Bosnia and Herzegovina, however the exact number of those staying in abandoned facilities is unknown.

“They are on the move. According to the latest data, there are between 1,500 and 1,700 such migrants. The total number in BiH is 6,000, “said Mirsad Buzar, Deputy Director of the Foreign Service in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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