Migrant Center in Bosnia under lockdown after COVID outbreak

A medical worker administers a shot of COVID-19 vaccine to a woman in the capital Sarajevo, Bosnia, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Vaccinations started from a batch of 10,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines donated by neighboring Serbia.

Health authorities in northwest Bosnia say they have placed a migrant center in the area in isolation after a coronavirus outbreak there.

The regional top health official Nermina Cemalovic said that there are 45 migrants in the Borici camp, near the town of Bihac, who have tested positive for the virus and about a dozen staff.

Cemalovic says five more migrants have tested positive in another camp in the town of Velika Kladusa.

Cemalovic says health authorities in the area have urged imposing tough anti-virus restrictions because of a worsening situation. Entire Bosnia has seen a surge in virus cases in the past two weeks and a spike in deaths. Authorities have reported 818 confirmed new cases in the past 24 hours and 73 fatalities from COVID-19.

There are thousands of migrants staying in Bosnia while trying to reach Western Europe. Most have concentrated in the northwest part of the country which is bordering European Union member Croatia.

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