27.05.2021 – 15:37
The Director of the National Emergency, Skënder Brataj, invited to the column “Opinion” in News24, spoke about the release of restrictive measures today by the Technical Committee of Experts
Brataj says there are several reasons why this opening should have been done and he says it should be done gradually. On the other hand, Brataj warns that the measures are not static and will be re-evaluated in time, both with the situation in Albania and in the region.
He emphasizes that wine is already a strong ally of Albania and this was shown last year.
For Brataj, Albania already has its eyes on tourism and it is good to take the risk to help the growth of the economy.
“Then of course there are some reasons when decisions are made, they are indicators, but they must also be interpreted by professionals. It is true that the number of patients has reached 43. Every day 10-15 patients enter, but the treatment time lasts less.
The prevalence of the infection was in some small municipalities, but emerging in front of other countries shows the effect of the campaign, the Eid Festival. There are many reasons. We do have a good situation, but we do not want those curve reductions. The pandemic is still among us and we must coexist with it.
Once you get a mass vaccination, it is possible for the virus to circulate as little as possible. Adapt and change the mutation. All these together lead to the opening of the masses, we continue the mass vaccination and to be towards the summer, summer is our ally. It showed years, it shows tano. In the southern hemisphere we have increasing cases like in Brazil, Indonesia. We have an ally who showed us and for years, we did not have an explosion in the summer. Vera made us big openings of the virus to the asymptomatic. The November wave then blew us away. At the end of the year came the improvement, but with the arrival of immigrants, the British variant. When the measures are eased, the citizens do not respect the measures, and that is what comes next.
This way after 3-4 weeks it starts to recover at least double the time.
Fortunately, yesterday the record was set that there are no more deaths. Immunity has not gone to 70% yet, the same thing was discussed in the Italian panel, it is true that vaccination is needed, but it does not make sense for every country to make 80% vaccination and the other 10%. That in these new mutations will take place, and they will come and you can not stop them.
For tourists we followed strategies with constant measures. We had a series of interventions. The results have shown that who got the two vaccines, even if infected, the forms of hospitalization, are all positive factors. There are several categories that have been vaccinated, and are the ones that face the most contact. Even when we are not well we do not go on vacation. Better to take a risk and help the economy. Albania has its eyes on tourism, therefore on June 15, there will be tourist health centers for quick tests for suspected cases.
The incubation period is 2 weeks. However the measures are not static, the situation will be assessed at any time.
The gathering is of a group of people in a certain place. So 50 in one place. If it is the place for another group of 50, yes it can. We did not have weddings before, today at 50, it is a step forward. For us in the first place is the health of everyone. Every loss of life is defeat. The fact that 50 people are allowed and you saw how the politicians used it. For Albanian weddings there will be no possibility that they make them with 300-400.
Further measures will be seen based on the region and the world. ” – said Brataj.