More than 130 migrants from Miral reception center tested positive for COVID-19

More than 130 migrants from Miral reception center tested positive for COVID-19

BIHAĆ, April 7 (FENA) – At today’s meeting of the Operational Group for the situation with migrants in the Una-Sana Canton (USC), it was confirmed that in recent days all migrants from the temporary reception center Miral in Velika Kladuša were tested on COVID-19, and that 135 of them tested positive.

“Unfortunately, that information is correct, but it is especially worrying that 55 infected migrants left the center after that and headed in an unknown direction. This is an inadmissible error of international and security organizations and agencies that manage the center. Therefore, we appeal to the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office of the USC to react on this issue and examine the responsibility for such a threat to the epidemiological situation in our canton,” said the Prime Minister of the USC Mustafa Ružnić.

He added that the help of the competent state institutions in finding adequate space for the treatment of people with a more severe clinical picture was requested, given that city and municipal health centers, as well as the Cantonal Hospital in Bihać are near capacity.

“We simply need help in the treatment of migrants and refugees positive for COVID-19, because we no longer have any capacity. We hope for an adequate response, so that we can provide appropriate assistance to people with a possible severe clinical picture,” said Prime Minister Ružnić.

Due to the increased number of infected persons at the reception centers, the Operational Group announced that the supervision and control will be intensified, i.e. the prevention of the entry of migrants and refugees into the Una-Sana Canton.