Survey: BiH citizens back return to restrictions following increases of COVID-19 infections

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-13 03:20:49|Editor: huaxia

SARAJEVO, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) should re-impose most, or at least some, of the recently lifted coronavirus restrictions, said 67.5 percent of the 1,136 people who participated in an online media survey conducted by Radiosarajevo.

The country has recently reported a sharp increase in COVID-19 infections, with 118 new cases and two deaths in the last 48 hours. On Thursday alone, 78 new cases were recorded, the highest single-day increase since April 30, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

The authorities of BiH's both entities -- Republika Srpska (RS) and the Federation of BiH (FBiH) -- are now considering re-imposing some of the restrictive measures.

"The further relaxation of the measures, which was planned for July 14, will be delayed for two more weeks," said Goran Cerkez, an official from FBiH's Ministry of Health.

Milorad Dodik, a member of BiH's Presidency and head of the leading political party in RS, said that the government of RS should act fast to prevent a new spike of COVID-19 cases.

"We took it for granted that the virus was gone but that is not the case," Dodik said.

To date, BiH has reported 2,893 COVID-19 cases and 163 deaths. Enditem