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Belgrade Media Report 23 March

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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)



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)


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


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)


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


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)


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


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


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

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, March 23

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  Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed, total of 33 (media) First fatality from coronavirus in Kosovo (media) Assembly President calls for unity (media) Vetevendosje’s Nagavci: Non-confidence motion is a great irresponsibility (media) Mustafa: I want to judge myself for backing a coalition with Vetevendosje (media) Abazi reacts to non-confidence motion (RTK) Non-confidence motion reached […]

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