Policy responses for Albania - HSRM


Policy responses for Albania

1.3 Isolation and quarantine

The WHO case definition (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/2020-03-20-surveillance.pdf?sfvrsn=e6be6ef1_2) has been adopted.

Affected cases
Moderate and severe affected cases are admitted to designated hospitals: the Infectious Diseases Service at the University Hospital Centre “Mother Tereza”, named Hospital COVID 1, and the University Hospital “Shefqet Nroqi”, named Hospital COVID 2. The transportation of cases is done through the designated ambulances of the National Medical Emergency Service.
Mild affected cases are asked to self-isolate at home and be in regular contact through telephone with their Family Doctor and call the Emergency Medical Service in case of any deterioration.
Order No. 81 of the Minister of Health and Social Protection of 10 February 2020 "On the approval of protocols and algorithms for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in the country"
Order No. 122 of the Minister of Health and Social Protection of 26 February 2020 "On the approval of protocols and measures against COVID-19, to be implemented by the National Emergency Medical Centre"

Suspect cases
All citizens who enter the territory of the Republic of Albania from areas affected by COVID-19 are obliged to be self-quarantined for a period of 14 days in the premises of their apartment, as a preventive measure for preventing the spread of infection.

A special facility has been adapted for COVID-19 quarantine (Order No. 53/2 of the Minister of Health and Social Protection of 26 February 2020 "On the establishment and operation of the quarantine service in designated facilities and Decision of the Council of Ministers No. 204 of 9 March 2020 "On measures for the establishment of infrastructure for the quarantine service and for an additional fund in the approved budget of the Ministry of Defense").

Albanian citizens who are repatriated are requested to be quarantined for 14 days in designated facilities (hotels). The cost of accommodation is co-shared. 

All other suspected cases and contacts are requested to self-quarantine in their houses/apartments for 14 days, as advised by the surveillance teams.

Restrictions on the movement of people have been eased successively since 20 April (see “Transition measures for the gradual opening of the economy, Measures in other sectors”).