Dear journalists and media,

Distinguished doctors, nurses, police officers, inspectors, mayors and religious leaders.

Dear citizens,

Let me first thank the health workers who are on the front lines taking care of the lives of each of us. Policemen and inspectors who are taking care of the implementation of government measures as well as all of you dear citizens for your cooperation and understanding.

I would also like to thank MEPTINIS, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Defense and all other governmental and non-governmental institutions that have and are constantly helping. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in maintaining the health of the citizens.

As you are aware, yesterday we had 0 cases of coronavirus infection. This is a joint success thanks to the commitment of responsible institutions and the patience and cooperation of citizens.

To date we have 1032 infected 789 recovered, 29 dead and 214 active cases.

Over 13,000 tests have been performed and we will continue to test them every day because the risk of the virus has not yet passed.

As we said earlier, we need to get used to living with the virus. The virus can change and adapt, so we also need to show the ability to adapt to fighting it.

At first the measures were more difficult because the situation was more difficult, but from May 4, we started with a three-phase plan through which we are aiming to move to a new normalcy.

One week ago, with the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Mr. Albin Kurti, we presented the second phase of the gradual opening of the economy and freedom of movement, where we emphasized that another epidemiological analysis will be done by the 25th.

After the discussions we had last week and the results from the field, we are encouraged enough to introduce new mitigation measures.

As you can see, today I am accompanied by the Head of the Islamic Community, Mufti Tërnava, by the Bishop of Kosovo, Monsignor – Dodë Gjergji and Professor Naser Ramadani from NIPH and dr. Lindita Ajazaj-Berisha, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic.

From this you can understand that among the mitigating measures are those for the beginning of the opening of religious buildings, which will be opened this Thursday, May 28th.

From May 28, also the movement schedule for citizens will be from 05:00 in the morning until 21:00 in the evening.

By the end of this month, quarantine will be closed in accordance with the new epidemiological situation in the country and in coordination with the actions of the countries of the region and beyond.

In the third phase, which begins on June 1, in accordance with the epidemiological situation, new mitigation measures are foreseen which will further liberate the economy.

Dear citizens, it is extremely important to understand that while we are entering a new phase where freedom is growing and the economy is being liberated, we are also going through a new period of increasing civic responsibility.

Every step we take carries the risk with us while the virus is still among us.

We couldn’t defeat the virus, so we can’t act like it doesn’t exist. The virus is an invisible enemy, but our indifference and negligence are obvious enemies.

So please listen to me carefully because I have a request, not only as a minister but also as a doctor, parent and citizen.

  • The virus is dangerous and easily spread.
  • We do not have the vaccine, so we need to take care of each other.
  • No one is immune to the virus. Young people are just as at risk as older people, and unfortunately we are already seeing cases where the virus does not spare even children.
  • Therefore at this new stage with added freedom, we need to increase our care and responsibilities.
  • Masks should become part of our daily routine.
  • Put on the mask when you are on the bus; when you are in the market; in office; in the ondulomi salon; to the hairdresser; to the doctor; when waiting in line; THIS IS LIFE. PLEASE DECIDE MASKS.
  • Keep a physical distance of 2 meters always from each other, at home, on the street, in the square and everywhere.
  • Avoid family visits. I understand that we are very close friendships. Many of you have not seen your family, uncles, aunts, uncles and friends, but you should know that the virus passes from one house to another when we make family visits.
  • When you leave the house in the square you have to save yourself and others, but when you go to someone else’s house you run the risk of getting and spreading the virus.
  • Let’s save the ones we love the most.

But the fact that visits are not allowed does not mean that we should not talk. Today more than ever we can be with others without meeting. Use phones and tablets to talk to each other.

Since this pandemic began, I have not visited my family or my brothers, especially my parents, but I have talked to them every day.

While the virus is inside us, we need to keep our friends away from us. So, paradoxically, at this time, we need to keep those we love the most away.

As we make decisions to increase freedoms and liberate the economy, you, dear citizens, must increase responsibility. Keep your distance and hygiene, put on masks and stop visits.

I have received hundreds of questions these days from citizens inside and outside Kosovo.

Minister, when will the borders be opened? Minister, will we be able to come to Kosovo this year?

When will the schools open? When will the nurseries open? When will the second wave come? Are we ready when that comes? Etc.

I would very much like to be able to remove all measures and return to normalcy. But while restrictions are gradually being lifted, safeguards need to be steadily strengthened.

Schools and nurseries will be opened, but masks, distance and hygiene should become a necessary part.

Religious buildings are being opened, but the same measures are necessary.

This is the new normality. Where instead of continuing the restrictions we add safeguards and responsibility.

The borders will be opened, but protective measures will be added. This will happen in any country, so you need understanding and cooperation if you wait longer at the border.

Individual responsibility and collective responsibility. This is the best answer we can give to a virus that expects us to be irresponsible.

For those who wonder when the second wave will return and how dangerous it will be?

We do not know exactly, but we are preparing for this to the fullest.

During these months we have:

– We have provided an additional budget of about 70 million EUR from the government, creditors and donors, outside the budget allocated earlier this year. On this occasion, I would like to thank all the donors who, despite the aggravated situation in their countries, have shown solidarity with our country.

– These tools will be used not only in the fight against pandemics but will become part of capacity building and health sector reform.

In the coming weeks and months:

– We will add 5 regional laboratories for testing

– We will triple the number of respirators

– We will increase the number of monitoring and treatment devices in all hospitals in Kosovo

– We will increase the number of magnetic resonances

-We will double the number of CTs

– We will increase the number of beds for intensive care.

-We will add very important devices such as Bronchoscope and ultrasound, radiology equipment, oxygen concentrator, etc.

– Above all, we will provide protective measures for health personnel and not only, in sufficient quantities.

These investments in health are the missing investments that will improve the quality of health services for all citizens of the republic.

In the coming days, together with the citizens:

-To conduct temperature tests, information and awareness campaign for citizens. We will inform you about this in time.

  • There will be more police and volunteer officials in squares and public places to ensure compliance with NIPH recommendations.

Dear citizens,

Now that we are lifting more restrictions we need to increase responsibility more. Masks and distance are vital.

We are moving forward with added individual and collective responsibility. Each for each.

Together we have reached this point, together we will continue from here.


Along with Minister Vitia, the Director of NIPHK, Naser Ramadani, the Director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic Lindita Ajazaj-Berisha, the Head of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, Mufti Naim Tërnava and the Bishop of the Bishopric of Kosovo, Monsignor Dodë Gjergji were also present at the media address.

Professor Ramadani said that the epidemiological situation is better than before and that Kosovo has come out much better to manage pandemic Covid-19 than in the scenarios that were foreseen before the pandemic began and many lives of citizens have been saved. He thanked the citizens and religious leaders who have helped keep the epidemiological situation under control while demanding that masks, social and physical distancing, personal and collective hygiene be measures that citizens should continue to practice.

Dr. Lindita Ajazaj-Berisha said that the Clinic she runs will continue to provide 24/7 services to patients with Covid and that the work there has been facilitated thanks to cooperation and coordination with other institutions and citizens.

Mufti Naim Tërnava emphasized the fact that Kosovo has had tangible success in managing pandemics and welcomed the facilitation of measures, demanding that they continue to be respected.

“I am glad that together with the country’s institutions, population, religious communities in Kosovo, we managed to defeat this deadly virus or weaken it to such an extent that we were relieved to open the houses of God for the citizens to go. in the mosques and churches, to pray to God, to ask God for help and mercy. I thank all those who contributed, our institutions, NIPHK, doctors, the infectious disease center, who gave everything of themselves “, said Tërnava.

The head of the Bishopric of Kosovo, Monsignor Dodë Gjergji, also thanked the Muslim and Catholic believers who responded to the invitation to protect them from the spread of COVID-19.

“I would like to thank our institutions for cooperation, Minister Vitia, above all NIPHK, doctors, nurses and others who are committed to protecting health. I thank the Muslim and Catholic believers who have listened to us. We can go back to church and mosque and honor God. We have to follow the rules, because the virus is between us and we don’t know when it will go away “, said Dodë Gjergji.


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