Albania moved to quarantine

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Albania moved to quarantine from Sunday, the number of people infected with coronavirus reached 42 people, the government said.

Prime Minister Edi Rama announced on the eve that since midnight on March 15 all land border crossing points to Albania from Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Greece and the republic of Kosovo have been closed.

Authorities previously stopped all passenger and private transport for the weekend and urged citizens to stay home. Closed everything except grocery stores and pharmacies.

The country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs publishes a video of the empty roads and streets in Albanian cities, while the police themselves in protective masks.

“4 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, the total number has reached 42 people, tests of 27 people have been tested per day,” the cabinet’s deputy health minister Mira Regazolli quotes the Cabinet of Ministers.

The first death from a coronavirus occurred on March 11 in Albania, where a 73-year-old woman who returned to the country from Italy died.

The country’s army and police set up roadblocks on the streets of Tirana to identify arrivals from Italy and Greece and prevent coronavirus.

The fine for returning from abroad and not quarantined citizens is 5 thousand euros. Albania previously interrupted sea and air communications with northern Italy due to the coronavirus. Officially, about 300 thousand Albanians live and work in Italy.


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