17 new cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the past 24 hours, meaning that the total of COVID-19 contractions in the country now stands at 185.

COVID-19 cases have been reported in Banja Luka (81), Konjic (17), Sarajevo (9), Mostar (9), Kozarska Dubica (8), Laktasi (8), Siroki Brijeg (6), Bihac (5), Zenica (4), Gorazde (4), Gradiska (3), Bijeljina (3), Celinac (3), Knezevo (3), Modrica (2), Tesanj (2), Prnjavor (2), Brcko (2), Bosanski Brod (2), Prijedor (1), Bosanska Krupa (1), Orasje (1), Srbac (1), Ribnik (1), Derventa (1), Breza (1), Visoko (1), Teslic (1), Grude (1), Doboj (1), and Novi Travnik (1).

There have been three coronavirus-related fatalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina thus far, while at least one person is in critical condition.

Local healthcare center in the Sarajevo district of Hrasnica was closed on Wednesday after a woman who lived nearby died of coronavirus infection. Healthcare Center in neighboring Ilidza district remained open, but 20 medical workers have been put in self-isolation and would most likely be tested for coronavirus.

Minister of Health and Social Protection of the RS Alen Seranic said that 16,443 persons were under medical supervision in the RS. Authorities in Banja Luka have announced more aggressive fight against coronavirus through mass testing. Some 28,000 tests are expected to be delivered to hospitals and healthcare centers throughout the RS by the end of next week.

Meanwhile, the Headquarters of the Civil Protection Administration of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to purchase 170,000 tests for detection of coronavirus, as well as one million protective masks and gloves.

Also, Director of the FBiH Civil Protection Administration Fahrudin Solak and the management of the ‘ZOI 84’ public company reached an agreement according to which - if necessary - the ‘Juan Antonio Samaranch’ Olympic Hall in Sarajevo would serve as a quarantine for patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19 from all parts of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Curfew has been imposed in the entire country - from 18:00 to 05:00 hrs in the Federation, from 20:00 to 05:00 hrs in the RS, and from 21:00 to 05:00 hrs in the District of Brcko. Persons under the age of 18 and over the age of 65 have been banned from leaving their homes in the FBiH, while the same measure applies only to persons over the age of 65 in the RS.

The total number of coronavirus contractions globally is more than 478,000. The death toll so far is approximately 21,500, while slightly over 115,500 people have already recovered.

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