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Belgrade Media Report 18 March 2020

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Daily Media Highlights

Wednesday 18 March 2020


No one aged 65 is allowed to go outside, no one on the street from 8 pm to 5 am (B92/Tanjug)
Brnabic: Huge influx of Serbian citizens from abroad causes major concern (RTS/Tanjug)
Dacic instructs all diplomatic missions and consular posts (Tanjug/RTS/RTV/Beta)
Stefanovic: Two quarantine sites for Serbians returning home (RTS/TV Pink)
Godfrey calls on Serbian citizens to be responsible, self-isolate (Beta)
Várhely holds a video conference on COVID-19 with WB Prime Ministers (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Seven new cases of coronavirus confirmed in RS; RS Minister Klokic positive for coronavirus (BN TV)
New cases of Coronavirus in Federation of B&H (N1/FTV)
B&H CoM declares state of natural and other disaster in B&H over Coronavirus (BHT1)
Federation of B&H Civil Protection Headquarters bans all public gatherings (BHT1)
China donates disinfectants to RS authorities (ATV)

Croatia COVID-19: 81 Cases, 12 New (TCN/Index)

First cases of coronavirus in Montenegro (N1)
Republic of North Macedonia

Four new corona cases in Macedonia, 35 in total; Macedonian citizens who are exiting the country to sign a statement that they will not return in three months (Republika)
Elections to be postponed (Republika)
We have no resources to enforce crisis situation nationwide, says Pendarovski (MIA)
King Felipe VI of Spain signs North Macedonia’s NATO Accession Protocol (MIA)

Albania tops 59 Coronavirus cases (ADN)


Serbia turns to China due to ‘lack of EU solidarity’ on coronavirus (EurActiv)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 18, 2020

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, March 18, 2020

Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti dismisses Interior Minister (media)
• Mustafa to Kurti: Cancel Veliu’s dismissal, remove tariff (media)
• Mustafa: Veliu’s dismissal is unacceptable (media)
• Thaci: State of Emergency could last 30 days (media)
• Veseli supports state of emergency proposal (media)
• President’s decree has not reached the Assembly (RTK)
• Reactions on Thaci’s request to adopt decree for a state of emergency (social media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Serbian List: We reject Pristina’s hidden intention to deploy troops in northern Kosovo (Kontakt plus radio)
• Djuric to Serbs in Kosovo: Respect measures of Serbian Government on coronavirus (Kosovo-online, Radio kontakt plus)
• New 11 cases of coronavirus in Serbia, a total of 83 patients (B92)
• Serbia introduced new measures last night to fight coronavirus (RTS, B92)
• Chinese Ambassador tells Vucic: Aid to battle coronavirus coming (N1)
• It’s confirmed, new phase: Coronavirus hit the last country in Europe (B92, CDM)
• “Europe is epicenter of crisis” (BETA, B92, Bild)


• Mushkolaj: Politics with people’s lives (Express)


• Serbia Restricts Movement for Migrants, Asylum-Seekers (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 18

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Thaci: Get together and ratify state of emergency (RTK)
Government does not agree with Thaci’s proposal for state of emergency (Koha)
Veliu: State of emergency should be declared (RTK)
Kurti and Varhelyi agree to work in solidarity with each other (RTK)
Mustafa claims virus is spreading rapidly, urges president to declare state of emergency (Express)
Haradinaj on proposal for state of emergency (Indeksonline)
Haxhiu: Regrettable if Thaci wants primary role in these circumstances (media)
Number of infected with COVID-19 reaches 19 (media)
Apostolova calls on Kurti to remove tariff (media)

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