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Belgrade Media Report 06 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Phone conversation between Vucic and Tanin (RTS)
Pompeo thanks Vucic for helping Americans get back home in the time of coronavirus (RTS/Politika/Tanjug/Beta)
Israeli President voices support to the people of Serbia (RTS)
Vucic hands over 13 ventilators for hospital in Novi Pazar (RTS/B92)
Vucic: The next two weeks will determine our destiny (B92)
Brnabic: Next two weeks crucial in fight against coronavirus (TV Pink/Tanjug)
Dacic receives letter of gratitude from German, French, British Ambassadors (Beta)
Ljaljic: Reciprocity worse than taxes (Beta)
Borrell: Lajcak will be able to move the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (RTS)
Jeremic: Idea of borderless Europe shaken, international solidarity scant (Beta/BBC)
In Serbia 2,200 infected, 58 deaths (RTS)
All migrants in Serbia quarantined (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

FB&H introduces new measures regarding the coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Measure preventing citizens to leave their place of residence during weekends enters into force in RS (BHT1)
FB&H government annuls decision on distribution of budget funds intended for cantons, cities and municipalities (BHT1/Dnveni avaz)
Representatives of municipalities with Serb majority in FB&H express dissatisfaction with both annulled decision and new decision of FB&H government on distribution of funds (RTRS)
Sattler says EU will give B&H 80 million Euros of assistance during coronavirus situation (FTV)
Inzko publishes video message to citizens and authorities in B&H, says politicians must work together (Dnevni list)
Number of persons infected with Coronavirus in B&H increases (O kanal)
In RS 10 people has died so far and 304 people have been infected (N1)
Two people died in FB&H (N1)
Eighty-three B&H citizens arrive to Sarajevo by plane from Stockholm (RTRS)
Croatia

In Croatia, 40 more infected, one more died (HRT)
Montenegro

Data shows significant number of children infected with coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montenegro rises to 223 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Leave the vanities, politics must now have only two goals, saving lives and economic chance of surviving the crisis (Republika)
Szijjarto: I’m here on invitation from Mickoski, who asked for our assistance (Republika)
Szijjarto: North Macedonia to start EU accession negotiations by June (MIA)
Filipche: Out of 555 confirmed coronavirus cases, 52 are healthcare workers (MIA)
Three patients died from the coronavirus in North Macedonia overnight (Atlas TV)
Health Minister: We enter new phase in COVID-19 pandemic management process (MIA)

Albania

Measures to be loosened after Monday (Radio Tirana)
The number of people infected with coronavirus in Albania has increased to 377 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Sassoli responds to speakers of WB parliaments (EWB, 3 April 2020)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 6, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Two patients affected by COVID-19 die at Pristina hospital (RTK)
• Kurti: We are entering the critical stage in the fight against coronavirus (media)
• Thaci: Battle against coronavirus pandemic is not over (media)
• EU engaged in dialogue, urges resumption of Pristina-Belgrade talks (media)
• Abbott: There are no politics in the virus (media)
• Vucic talks on the phone with the UNMIK chief, says he is ready to cooperate with “Pristina” against Covid 19 (RTK, Beta)
• Norway pledges aid to Kosovo to fight coronavirus pandemic (media)
• Slovakia offers assistance to Kosovo to fight COVID-19 outbreak (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Six new cases in Serbian communities in Kosovo, total of 33 cases (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic: 248 trucks entered Kosovo, eight Albanians from Novi Pazar taken care of in Belgrade (Kosovo Online, Tanjug)
• Djuric: Coronavirus positive persons will be placed in isolation centers (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio)
• President Vucic had phone call with SRSG Tanin, discussed coronavirus and Kosovo (Tanjug, Kosovo-online)
• Journalists’ associations, international and local officials react to violation of right to privacy, personal data (Kosovo-online)
• EFJ: COVID-19 – political interference in the media in Kosovo (KoSSev)
• Serbia enters second month of pandemic with 1.908 infected and 51 dead (RTS)
• Four new coronavirus cases in Serb-populated areas in Kosovo, 27 in total (KoSSev)
• Movement ban between Mitrovica and Zvecan until further notice (Radio kontakt plus)

Opinion:

• Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Is Navigating a Highway to Uncertainty (The National Interest)

International:

• Kosovo Leaders Feud Over COVID-19 Outbreak in North (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovar Media Urged Not To ‘Intensify’ Tensions During Coronavirus Crisis (RFE)
• Washington fiddles in the Balkans while COVID flames engulf the world (The Hill)
• Did America help oust Kosovo’s reformist government? (The Economist)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Djuric: Decision to employ all doctors and 200 nurses from Kosovo Serb communities entered into force (KoSSev)

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Belgrade Media Report 02 April

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LOCAL PRESS

Brnabic: We will withdraw the decision on informing, we do not want to cast a shadow on our work (RTS)
Djuric: No blockade of trucks (FoNet/Tanjug/RTV)
Two more planes with equipment purchased by Serbia arrive in cooperation with EU (Tanjug)
Another plane arrives from China with medical assistance (Tanjug)
Fourteen million masks shipped from China (RTS)
In Serbia 111 people tested positive, totaling to 1171 cases (RTS)
SzS: Government should introduce possible movement ban without blaming people (Beta)
Lawyers question legality of state of emergency in Serbia (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mandic to replace Radoncic at helm of coordination Body until CoM’s final decision (Dnevni avaz)
Novalic meets with Heads of Caucuses in FB&H HoR, presents plan of economic measures aimed at mitigating economic consequences of coronavirus pandemic (Hayat)
Dodik: Budget of B&H institutions will not be adopted due to the lack of assessment on fiscal revenues (RTRS/N1)
Foreign ambassadors compliment domestic leaders for functioning without blockades and quarrels in fight against coronavirus pandemic (EuroBlic)
RS Main Coordination Team thanks Serbian leadership for first shipment of medical aid delivered to RS in fight against COVID-19 (RTRS)
Croatia approves construction of nuclear waste disposal site regardless of B&H’s disapproval (FTV)
PIC: International community will assist B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Letter of intent towards IMF for quick financing to help battle COVID-19 approved (O kanal)
Covic with Ivantsov: Everything must be done in B&H to prevent the crisis from being prolonged (Nezavisne novine)
Roth calls on political actors to implement unity presented during coronavirus crisis in their everyday approach (FTV)
B&H sees new fatalities; number of patients 512 (N1)
Banja Luka City Crisis HQ passes new measures in fight against COVID-19 pandemic (RTRS)
Kosovo government abolishes one hundred percent tariffs on raw materials and products from B&H (BHT1)
Croatia

Police in Istria charge two with spreading false information about coronavirus (HRT)
In Croatia, 1011 infected with coronavirus, another person dies (N1)
Montenegro

The number of infected people with coronavirus in Montenegro 140 (CDM)
Employees in quarantine are entitled to full salary (Dan)
Republic of North Macedonia

Filipche: Health system prepared for larger number of patients (MIA)
Osmani-Varhelyi: North Macedonia granted access to EU Solidarity Fund (MIA)
Thirty new cases of coronavirus in North Macedonia, total 384 (MIA)
Albania

Manastirliu: Public and non-public educational institutions and nursery schools stay closed down until the end of pandemics (Radio Tirana)
US assisting Albania, donating laboratory equipment and tests to detect COVID-19 cases (ADN)
EU Delegation and US Embassy praise Albanian gov’t for repatriation of citizens (Tirana Times)
In Albania 277 total COVID-19 cases confirmed, 16 victims (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 2, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• UK: Now is not the time for political maneuvering, but cooperation (media)
• Thaci set to form new government, demands from Kurti PM candidate name (Express)g
• Haradinaj: Impossible to hold elections at this time (media)
• Limaj: We could be part of broad based government (RTK)
• 6+ parliamentary group against new elections at a time of pandemic (media)
• Surroi: Kosovo politics not to take side in Quint countries’ divisions (Koha)
• Kurti’s adviser to the U.S. Embassy: Why siding with Serbia?
• Vitia, Jevtic call for cooperation at a time of pandemic (RFE/Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Dr Elek: There are currently 12 coronavirus infected people in the north (Kosovo Online)
• Vucic today with Macron and Putin, prior to Crisis Staff (B92)
• Djuric: No blockade for lorries from Kosovo (FoNet, N1)
• Dacic: Pristina authorities with reciprocity measures banned trade again (Danas, TV Pink)
• New measures in Mitrovica North, Zvecan and Leposavic (KoSSev)
• Serbian PM: Government withdrawing decree limiting release of information (N1)
• New 160 infected, total 1060 infected, five more deaths of COVID-19, total 28 deaths (B92)
• Patient from Leposavic infected with Covid-19 passed away (Radio kontakt plus)
• Lawyers question legality of state of emergency in Serbia (FoNet, N1)

International:

• U.S. calls on Kosovo to drop restrictions on Serbians (Reuters)
• Despite good news, the Western Balkans are in trouble (AlJazeera)

Humanitarian/Development:

• VoA: Where is the international assistance for health care institutions in Serbian communities? (KiM radio, Kontakt plus radio, Kosovo Online)
• No drug approved yet in treating COVID-19, expert says (N1)
• Wakeup call for the Western Balkans (balkangreenenergynews.com)

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Belgrade Media Report 31 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Várhelyi to Vucic over phone: 15 million Euros to Serbia for urgent needs (RTS)
Brnabic: Our experts to consult with Chinese experts on all future decisions (Tanjug/Beta)
Joksimovic: Cooperation with Hungary in overcoming consequences of COVID-19 (Tanjug)
Stefanovic: 80,000 Serbian citizens in self-isolation (TV Pink/Tanjug)
The worst day for Serbia – seven more deaths (RTS)
Kon: 24 hour curfew only if situation gets much worse suddenly (N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Cvijanovic: Veto of Bosniak Caucus on decision to declare state of emergency stops effective fight against pandemic (ATV)
RS Crisis Headquarters adjusts measures and prolongs them until 13 April (ATV)
RS MoI denies controlling entrance from Federation of B&H to RS (ATV)
Data of B&H Association of Independent Trade Unions show more than 7,000 workers in B&H got laid off because of coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
B&H receives assistance in fight against Coronavirus (RTRS/N1/FTV)
In B&H 379 persons infected, three people die (O kanal)
RS: 201 people positive for COVID-19, 11 recover (ATV)
Croatia

Government temporarily closes six maritime border crossings for passengers (HRT)
Croatia reports 77 new cases (Hina)
Montenegro

Djukanovic congratulates Pendarovski on NATO accession (CDM)
Coronavirus epidemic in Montenegro is under control, says Mugosa (CDM)
Montenegro reports 14 new coronavirus cases (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Stoltenberg: NATO membership means that a potential attack on North Macedonia triggers response from the whole Alliance (MIA)
Filipche: Linear growth of new cases encouraging (MIA)
Albania

Government expects unemployment to rise (Top Channel/ADN)
Number of infected in Albania reached 243 (Top Channel)
Head of Microbiology lab gets infected with COVID-19 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Serbia’s coronavirus state of emergency measures draw eyes of human rights groups (AP)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 31, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Two new cases with coronavirus confirmed (media)
• Import tariff to be lifted on April 1, full reciprocity to enter into force (RFE)
• Svecla informs OSCE chief on measures to combat COVID-19 (RTK)
• Serbs don’t report coronavirus cases to Kosovo institutions (Radio Free Europe)
• Kosovo budget risks losing €200 million (Radio Free Europe)
• EU allocates €63 million for Kosovo’s economic recovery (RTK)
• Ahmeti: Interior Ministry decided to ban public transport Kosovo-wide (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• Djuric: We expect more confirmed cases (Kosovo Online)
• Epidemiologists to arrive to Mitrovica North (KIM radio, Kontakt plus radio)
• Spiric: One more person in Mitrovica North infected with Covid-19 (Radio kontakt plus, KoSSev)
• Serwer: New elections are not possible in Kosovo, Richard Grenell’s attention doesn’t mean much (Kosovo Online)
• New 44 confirmed coronavirus cases in Serbia, with 3 more deaths yesterday (B92)
• “Serious deterioration – a prerequisite for introducing 24-hour curfew” (B92, N1)

Opinion:

• Lesson No 1 From Pandemic – We’re all Interdependent (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Thaci Push for Unity Government in Kosovo Deemed Futile (Balkan Insight)
• Kosovo Specialist Chambers: Providing compensations for victims (EWB)
• Kosovo-Serbia Agreement: Why is the Trump Administration Fast-Tracking a Hasty Deal? (Medium.com)
• Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent (AP)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Belgrade Takes Charge of Kosovo Serbs With COVID-19 (Balkan Insight)
• Domestic violence shelters keeping their heads above water during pandemic (Prishtina Insight)
• Two men arrested for domestic violence in Istog (Express)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 27, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• The UK, as the U.S. calls to respect the Constitution (RTK)
• Haradinaj: The U.S. leaders’ statement, rightful guarantee for Kosovo (media)
• Dismissed government to continue to combat COVID-19 (RTK, RFE)
• Prishtina Mayor: Seriously, stay at home! (media)
• Svecla meets UN and UNDP representatives (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Grenell, Palmer, Kosnett: There is no secret land swap plan, lift the tariffs (KoSSev, RTS, Blic)
• Janjic: Thaci dictates developments now (Danas)
• Weekly: EU largest donor to Serbia, China holds 15th place, Russia below (Novi Magazin, N1)
• Fabrizi: First shipment of EU aid arriving (N1, RTS)
• In Serbia 73 new coronavirus cases confirmed, 457 in total (N1)
• Brussels Dialogue in 2019 – lost year and missed opportunities (KoSSev)

Opinion:

• Kosovo’s ‘Albanian Spring’ Has Succumbed to Early Frost (Balkan Insight)
• Kurti’s Downfall Leaves Kosovo Politics in Turmoil (Balkan Insight)

International:

• Kosovo Mulls its Choices After Fall of Kurti Govt (Balkan Insight)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Coronavirus in the Balkans: Can disasters defeat hatred? (DW)
• Foreign nationals allowed to remain in Serbia until the end of the state of emergency (Tanjug, B92)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic’s address on the occasion of 21st anniversary of NATO aggression (Politika)
Solidarity evidence of closeness of peoples of Serbia, Turkey (Tanjug)
Joksimovic: €94 million redeployed from IPA funds for Serbia (Tanjug)
Vucic: Belgrade, Valjevo and Nis – for hotspots of virus, special measures (B92/Tanjug)
Radojicic: The city is ready to isolate 10 central municipalities (B92/TV Prva)
Kon: No need for isolation of Belgrade (RTS)
Another 81 cases, 384 infected in Serbia (RTS)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CoM adopts draft budget for 2020 and decision on closure of airport in B&H; Ministers from RS vote against draft of budget that implies increase of salaries, purchase of cars and buildings (FTV)
Dodik, Dzaferovic talk about coronavirus situation with Varhelyi (RTRS/BHT1)
Dodik with Lavrov: Russia is ready to help RS and B&H amid coronavirus crisis (ATV)
Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Konjic; Total number of infected in B&H increased to 168 (Klix.ba/O kanal)
Banja Luka City Headquarters for Emergency Situations: New measures will be introduced (ATV)
Are B&H citizens confused by different instructions coming from 13 crisis headquarters in the country? (N1)
Croatia

Croatia welcomes green-light for launch of EU entry talks with Macedonia and Albania (Hina)
Coronavirus cases rise to 418 (HTR)
Montenegro

EU’s support: €3 million for healthcare system and €50 million for long-term program (CDM)
Number of coronavirus cases in Montenegro reaches 52 (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Zaev: Start of EU negotiations, historic mistake fixed, no obstacles or conditions (MIA)
Twenty-nine new coronavirus cases in North Macedonia, total tally hits 177 (MIA)
Kumanovo public transport cancelled (MIA)
Albania

Rama: Finally, the accession talks are open (ADN)
Coronavirus cases rise to 146 across Albania (ADN)
Government announces state of natural disaster (ADN)
COVID-19, EU pledges 50 million Euros for Albania (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Coronavirus postpones elections across emerging Europe. Except in Poland (Emerging Europe)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 25, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Govt is being brought down to make way for land swap agreement (media)
• Roth: Corona doesn’t care about disputes between politicians (media)
• Kosnett meets Osmani shortly before Assembly session (media)
• Mustafa: Motion is a democratic instrument (RTK)
• Kurti informs on his response to the Constitutional Court, right before the motion (RTK)
• Thaci: We’ll overcome this, stay at home (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Simic: All 10 Serbian List MPs to vote in favour of no-confidence motion (Kosovo Online, Vecernje novosti)
• Tanin urge political leaders in Kosovo to show unity in fight against COVID-19 (Kontakt plus radio, KIM radio, RTK2, Kosovo Online)
• Hasani: Both Kurti’s measure to ban movement and Thaci’s call to oppose a government decision are unconstitutional (KoSSev)
• Germany and France support Kurti, the US welcomes the vote of no-confidence motion against the government (KoSSev)
• US Embassy in Pristina: Burglaries of returnees’ houses must not be tolerated (N1, BETA)
• 54 new cases of coronavirus registered in Serbia, more than 300 people infected (B92)

International:

• Macron and Merkel to organise Serbia-Kosovo Summit when conditions are established (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• The ‘father figures’ of Kosovo politics (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 23 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Serbian government adopts new measures as COVID-19 response (Tanjug)
Brnabic thanks China on support in fight against COVID-19 (Tanjug/RTS)
Loncar: Chinese experts propose first set of new measures to combat COVID-19 (RTS)
Dodik: Gratefulness to Serbia for readiness to assist RS and B&H (Tanjug/RTV)
Vucic meets with Orban in Budapest (Beta)
Borrell: Lajcak will do an excellent job mediating Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta)
Another 27 cases of coronavirus in Serbia, a total of 249 (RTS/N1)

REGIONAL PRESS

 

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dzaferovic takes over chairmanship over B&H Presidency (N1)
Total number of infected patients with the new coronavirus in B&H is now 128 (N1)
Curfew from 1800 hrs. to 0500 hrs. in force as of Sunday (FTV/ATV)
B&H AF set tents up at border crossings (ATV)
Tuzla receives 50 new migrants’ daily; Migrants not being screened (BHT1)

Croatia

Total of coronavirus infections in Croatia has grown to 306,  52 new cases; leaving place of residence prohibited (HRT)
Earthquake rocks Croatian capital (HRT)

Montenegro

Five more infected with coronavirus in Montenegro (RTCG)
The first coronavirus victim in Montenegro, recently visited Serbia (RTCG)
Montenegro government ramped up its coronavirus measures (CDM)

Republic of North Macedonia

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 114 (MIA)
Second coronavirus patient dies at Clinic for Infectious Diseases in North Macedonia (MIA)
Filipce announced new measures to limit the movement of people over 65 and up to 18 years of age (Republika)
Army comes to aid in tackling coronacrisis (MIA)
Sugareski: If necessary, intercity passenger transport will be banned (MIA)

Albania

Fifteen new coronavirus cases in Albania, total number 104 (Top channel)
Coronavirus situation in Albania worsens, 5 deaths (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

Powerful earthquake puts Croatia in a coronavirus conundrum (The Week)
EU Governments Reach Breakthrough Over Balkans Expansion Plan (Bloomberg News)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 23, 2020

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Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani asks Institute for professional opinion on Assembly session (media)
• LDK Minister: We will proceed with non-confidence motion (Express)
• Merkel and Kurti to have videocall today (Express)
• Swiss MPs: Stop the political games (Koha)
• Heldt: Include Kosovo in corona global updates (media)
• Kosovo Serbs send COVID-19 tests to Belgrade (RFE, Express)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petritsch: Kosovo issue put on hold due to pandemic (Kosovo Online)
• Borrell: Lajcak will do an excellent job mediating Belgrade-Pristina dialogue (Beta, N1)
• Jevtic: We are working to provide help, in particular to vulnerable groups in return areas (Kosovo-online)
• Vucic and Orban discuss economic cooperation after coronavirus pandemic ends (FoNet, N1, RTS)
• 34 new coronavirus cases confirmed – total of 222 infected (B92)
• Chinese team: 29 days needed to calm down COVID-19, will present new steps (FoNet, N1, RTS)
• DW: People in Balkans fear coronavirus the least (N1)

Opinion:

• COVID-19: Truth and Viral Consequences (Balkan Insight)

International:

• MEPs: Western Balkans should be included in EU+ export authorization scheme (EWB)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Schools emptying in Drenica’s villages (Prishtina Insight)

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Belgrade Media Report 19 March

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LOCAL PRESS

Vucic-Merkel video meeting: Fast dialogue resumption (Tanjug/Beta/B92/RTS/RTV)
Brnabic: If needed, the state of emergency will last four months (Tanjug/B92)
Stefanovic: Thousands of potentially infected come to Serbia: 25.000 people in self-isolation (TV Prva/Tanjug)
Government suspends international passenger traffic from Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport until further notice (Tanjug/Beta)
Number of coronavirus cases rises to 97 in Serbia (N1)
Army of Serbia secures borders, migrant centers, hospitals, airports (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Thirty-nine confirmed coronavirus cases in B&H more than 15,000 under medical supervision (FTV)
B&H Presidency adopts decision on engagement of B&H Armed Forces (BHT1)
Dodik: Set up check point of our police at each border crossing; It is high time this was done at inter-entity boundary line as well (RTRS)
Extraordinary session of B&H Coordination Body for Protection and Rescue held (O kanal)
Federation of B&H Civil Protection Headquarters introduces two new measures due to coronavirus pandemic (FTV)
SC government adopts decision to declare state of natural and other disaster in SC (N1)
USC Crisis Headquarters bans work of restaurants, coffee bars and other services due to coronavirus pandemic (BHT1)
Border police officer arrested for allowing persons from countries with COVID-19 to enter B&H in return for money (ATV)
Minimum of 6,000 people receive decision on isolation in B&H (Hayat)
Croatia

President Milanovic addresses the nation on Coronavirus crisis (Hina)
In Croatia, 99 are infected with coronavirus (HRT)
Montenegro

Montenegro guarantees protection and assistance (CDM)
Six new cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (CDM)
New measures of Montenegro’s Ministry of Health (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Pendarovski: The fact that we are declaring a state of emergency for the first time indicates how complex the situation in the country is (Republika)
Osmani: EU reaches consensus to launch accession talks with North Macedonia (MIA)
Seven new coronavirus cases confirmed Wednesday evening, total number of patients in Macedonia rises to 42 (Republika)
Albania

As of today, only 6 hours of pedestrian traffic permitted in Albania (Oranews)
Number of Coronavirus cases in Albania reaches 64 (ADN)

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SOURCES

China is winning the coronavirus propaganda war (Politico)

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