Bosnia and Herzegovina reported a record number of coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday. In the past 24 hours, 72 patients lost their battles against this infection - 37 in the Republic of Srpska, 32 in the Federation of BiH and three in Brčko District. All patients were middle-aged and elderly, most with pre-existing conditions.

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic Bosnia and Herzegovina tested over 357,500 samples; the country registered a total of over 66,500 cases of COVID-19, out of which over 32,000 are currently active, 1,701 people died and nearly 32,800 people recovered.

Federation of BiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalic sent a letter to Republic of Srpska Prime Minister Radovan Viskovic and Chair of BiH Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija initiating a meeting that would be attended by entities’ ministers of healthcare and BiH Minister of Civil Affairs and aimed to reach an agreement on measures necessary to slow down spreading of the coronavirus. Viskovic said that it is high for the entities to harmonize epidemiological measures, because the health systems in the two entities are under great pressure and on the verge of collapse. “I really think it is high time to coordinate and harmonize some measures and to fight against the coronavirus in a coordinated manner’’, said Viskovic. He added that the coronavirus can be put under control by complying with the adopted measures, “avoiding public gatherings, avoiding celebrations’’, including political rallies. Viskovic said that the health system of Bosnia and Herzegovina is threatened, noting that “we also need to think about the economy”.