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SRNA News Roundup /III/ - March 19, 2020




BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović has said that the global economy will suffer major damage due to the coronavirus and announced that Srpska will undertake a set of measures, including the formation of a fund to assist the Srpska economy.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska Prime Minister Radovan Višković has said that the Republika Srpska Chamber of Commerce did not request from the Republika Srpska Government to withdraw a decree on restoring prices to the level of March 5.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Minister of Education and Culture of Republika Srpska Natalija Trivić said in an interview with Srna that distance learning classes for secondary school students should start on Monday, March 23. By Tatjana PARAĐINA

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - With a view to mitigating the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the Republika Srpska economy, the Republika Srpska Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Republika Srpska Government which deals with important issues that must be resolved urgently, as well as measures that should be defined as soon as possible, including a financial support.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Republika Srpska Government should adopt a decree on a list of essential goods and materials necessary for the economy to supply the market with the basic foodstuffs by which it will guarantee to all businessmen a compensation of costs of production after the crisis caused by the coronavirus outbreak is over, says the SDS.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Republika Srpska University-Clinical Center is ready to take care of all patients positive for the coronavirus and protect the health system and health professionals from infection, which is why a number of preventive measures have been undertaken.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Auto-Putevi Republike Srpske Company received a donation of 500 masks from the Chinese Shandong International Company which will protect workers, particularly at toll stations on the Banjaluka- Gradiška and Banjaluka-Doboj motorways.

EAST SARAJEVO, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Foča Medical Faculty organized today trial online classes for every student’s year and all study programs of this faculty of the East Sarajevo University, Dean Dejan Bokonjić told Srna.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The Confucius Institute of the Banjaluka University launched online Chinese language and taiji courses in order to enable all students to learn in the newly-arisen situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

PALE, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - East Sarajevo Mayor Nenad Vuković, director of the Pale Cultural Center Miroslav Simović and architect Ivana Gluhović presented today a project of reconstruction of the building of this cultural institution - what has been done so far and what will be done in the next three months, worth a total of BAM 250,000.

BIJELJINA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Bijeljina Mayor Mićo Mićić and Ambassador of Serbia to BiH Aleksandar Đorđević spoke today about measures Serbia and BiH undertook to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and measures undertook by the City of Bijeljina which is an important border area for both countries.

BIJELJINA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - In addition to the "Vodovod i Kanalizacija" Company, the "Eko-Zaštita" Company will as of tomorrow disinfect all public areas with a view to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, says the City Administration.

DOBOJ, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The City of Doboj has secured funds for the purchase of two new ventilators for the Holy Apostle Luke Hospital, it was said after today’s meeting between Hospital director Mladen Gajić and Mayor Boris Jerinić.

PRIJEDOR, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The HQ for Emergency Situations of the City of Prijedor at today’s meeting harmonized measures with conclusions of the Republika Srpska HQ for Emergency Situations with a view to preventing the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus and published them on the website of the City Administration.

GRADIŠKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Not a single case of coronavirus infection has been registered in the area of Gradiška, and 384 persons are under medical supervision, Gradiška Mayor Zoran Adžić said today during a visit to the City Health Center and Hospital.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The HQ for Emergency Situations of the City of Banjaluka tomorrow morning will review the current epidemiological situation in the city and measures undertaken regarding this issue.

DOBOJ, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The HQ for Emergency Situations of the City of Doboj tomorrow will hold a meeting dedicated to the situation in connection with the coronavirus, says the Doboj City Administration.

TREBINJE, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - At today’s telephone session, the Steering Board of the Association of Citizens and Businesses of Herzegovina tasked local communities of Eastern Herzegovina with forwarding the Association an estimate of the number of families that are in the state of social need due to the coronavirus outbreak and who need aid.

LOPARE, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Head of Lopare Municipality Rado Savić has said that the economy in the municipality, due to the difficulties with exports and purchase of raw materials, is already suffering consequences and that a majority of companies are working with reduced capacities, and proposed to relevant bodies to free employers from paying taxes and contributions in order to preserve jobs.


BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Serb BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik said today it would be good to engage additional funds from the BiH Central bank in mitigating effects of the coronavirus outbreak as central banks of other countries reacted by creating huge budgets to assist the economy.

SARAJEVO, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The World Bank has secured $ 20 million for BiH to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemics, the Office of the World Bank in BiH told Srna.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Chairman of the Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija said today that the coordination body that was formed at the level of BiH unites everything that is being done in certain parts of BiH.

BANJALUKA, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Chairman of the Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija has said that BiH asked Croatia to reduce the number of crossings for international traffic and stressed that it is important to continue unhindered flow of goods with Serbia.

SARAJEVO, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - Minister of Civil Affairs in the Council of Ministers Ankica Gudeljević said today in Sarajevo that efforts made by members of the Border Police towards preventing the spread of the coronavirus are worthless if on March 31, when the decision on provisional financing in BiH will expire, they do not receive wages.


SARAJEVO, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - The FBiH Government adopted today a report on the program of activities of the Government towards stabilizing the economy and mitigating the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic the aim of which is to preserve jobs, increase protection in case of loss of jobs, preserve stability of the pension and disability insurance funds and stability of the banking sector.


BELGRADE, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - EU medical supplies for the fight against the coronavirus will be available to Serbia as well by way of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, said Serbian Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović.

BELGRADE, MARCH 19 /SRNA/ - A reception camp, where accommodation and medical care for up to 500 people are secured, was opened today in Morović near the Serbian border with Croatia, for the sake of the prevention of the spread of the coronavirus.


ZURICH, MARCH 19 /SRNA-Reuters/ - The death toll from Covid-19 in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has risen to 33, said the Swiss health authorities. /end/sg