Gov't declares state of natural disaster emergency over COVID-19 pandemic

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 24, 2020 23:09

Gov't declares state of natural disaster emergency over COVID-19 pandemic

TIRANA, March 24 - The Albanian government has declared the state of natural emergency as the country remains under lockdown and coronaviruse cases and victims have been on the rise. The Inter-Ministerial Committee on Civil Emergencies (KNEC) set up in November last year for the state of emergency declared last year due to the November 26 earthquake, will be responsible for the coordination of the actions of state institutions and private entities as well as financial and material resources for coping with the COVID-19 epidemic, for up to 30 days from the effective date of the decision.

Based on the decision published on the Official Journal, all public institutions, private entities, nationals and bodies of the KNEC are each assigned their responsibilities and duties during the state of emergency. Among others, public institutions are to implement plans of organizational and administrative measures to cope with the state of natural disaster, use the financial resources provided for in the annual budget, and to reassess their annual budget, provide human and logistical resources, designate state-owned facilities under their administration responsibility, restrict access to public places which are widely frequented, to stop gatherings, and strikes, limit the activities to the minimum necessary for all public bodies and quarantine all persons confirmed or suspected of being affected by COVID-19.

Moreover, public institutions will have to establish and provide staffed quarantine zones, which shall be provided with all preventive measures to prevent infection, to guarantee conditions and qualified staff for specialized treatment in quarantine centers as provide all staff of hospital and health centers with the necessary basic tools to avoid the spread of the virus.

Citizens are asked to respect the decisions taken during this time period as well as go into self-isolation and quarantine if necessary. Private entities share similar duties with citizens, but are also asked to suspend their business activity until further notice.


Meanwhile, some of duties of the operational bodies of the KNEC's duties include the organization of the quarantine procedure for people at risk and controls of buildings and private facilities to identify and treat persons affected by the virus and the restriction of free movement within or outside the country based on the state of natural disaster.

On Wednesday, the President will also convene the Security Council to further address the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting will also be attended by the Prime Minister Edi Rama and DP leader Lulzim Basha.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times March 24, 2020 23:09