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Belgrade Media Report 20 April 2020

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Monday 20 April 2020


Vucic announces opening: Stores starting Tuesday, cafes and restaurants in early May (TV Pink/B92)
Vulin: All Serbian soldiers on peacekeeping missions in good health (Beta)
SzS warns of alleged abuse of curfew passes (Beta)
Kon: Serbia to start mitigating measures after Easter (FoNet)
Tiodorovic: Serbia close to gaining full control of COVID-19 spread (TV Prva/Beta)
BETA: No questions for regular press conferences (Beta)
A total of 6,630 cases, 870 recovered (RTS)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

B&H CEC adopts initiative for changes to Election Law in order to postpone local elections due to current epidemiological situation (Hayat)
Dzaferovic: EU should have named Dodik as main obstructionist of EU integration (Dnevni avaz)
Dodik says state of emergency in RS will not be easily lifted; behavior of EU deceitful as they failed to timely unblock export of medical material and equipment (RTRS)
Dodik: All we have from EU and NATO is silent occupation for handful of dollars (EuroBlic)
Cvijanovic signs decision by which decree-law on ban on fake news spread was put out of force (BNTV)
Sarovic: It is time to think about the abolition of the state of emergency in the RS (BNTV)
EUD to B&H confirms one of their employees escaped from isolation unit in Sarajevo (FTV)
Ambassador Uebber: Political games need to be kept away from crisis management (Dnevni avaz)
Nitzan: It is now necessary to double and triple the fight against pandemic (Dnevni avaz)
B&H records 21 new cases, the country’s tally at 1,309 (N1)

Capak: 10 counties asked for abolition of e-passes yesterday and all were approved (HRT)
Croatian and Slovenian Presidents exchange messages of support (HRT)
In Croatia 10 new cases of coronavirus infection confirmed, bringing the tally to 1881 (HRT)

Institute for Public Health of Montenegro confirms three more cases of coronavirus (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Citizens of Kumanovo, Tetovo and Prilep must wear protective masks and gloves as of Wednesday (MIA)
Curfew to be shortened, but it is not known if it will apply for weekends (Republika)
In North Macedonia 18 new cases of Covid-19, 21 patients recovered, 3 people died (Libertas)

Low-risk businesses will kick off operation after 20 April (Radio Tirana)
In Albania 584 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 26 victims (Tirana Times)


EU’s New Serbia-Kosovo Envoy Dismisses Talk Of U.S. Rivalry (RFE/RL)

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