Архивска фотографија, Венко Филипче по средбата на Советот за безбедност кон крајот на октомври | Автор: Арбнора Мемети

The beds that at the moment are available in Macedonian hospitals where COVID-19 infected patients are being hospitalized are quickly filled up. The number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 has reached 890 which is around 7% of all people registered as infected. Apart from that, as was announced by Minister Filipche at today’s press conference, the plan for additional capacities has been activated.

“The whole Internal Medicine Clinic will be transformed into a COVID treatment center. The modular and the Clinic for infectious diseases are overcrowded,” said Filipche.

He stressed that the virus is widely spread and even the slightest negligence can result in an infection. According to Filipche, it was decided that at the moment there is no need for additional restrictions, but the plea remains not to leave home unless necessary.

“The situation is very serious, the health system has been completely mobilized to respond to this kind of challenge. The key is to adhere to the measures,” said the minister.

The current estimation is that at the moment there is no need for engaging private hospitals.

The minister announced that with the activation of the plan for additional capacities, the functioning of remaining clinics will not be derailed, and the “My Term” system will continue working as usual.

The doctors and the medical personnel are ready and we had meetings in the past several days. 150 additional beds will be put into use at internal medicine clinics, there are 100 additional beds at other wards including additional 100 other beds at the “8th of September” clinic”, informed Filipche. He also said that the hospitals and the clinics have enough supplies of antibiotics and solution that are prescribed for this diagnosis.

He also said that there is enormous pressure on emergency services, and the autumnal wave has increased the pressure on the testing stations. The capacities have been increased by 400 to 500 tests a day and the quick tests are already being used. The vaccines against the flu have also arrived, the stations at hospitals are ready and the vaccination will start on Tuesday.