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Kon: If coronavirus was with us in December, those were probably isolated cases

"If the virus was massively present, we would have discovered it earlier. We would have known the number of those who had flu-like illnesses, and this was not something special," Kon told RTS this morning.
He said that after lifting the state of emergency, contacts would continue to be avoided, which would continue to be especially true for those over 65 and for chronic patients.

Six Balkan hopefuls aspire to join the EU

European Union leaders host a summit with six Balkan counterparts on Wednesday. Here are some facts about the six Balkan aspirants:

Albania

The European Union agreed in March that Albania, already a member of NATO, can formally start membership negotiations. Once underway, possibly later in 2020, they could still take many years.

Bosnia

Freedom House: Serbia, Montenegro, Hungary ‘No Longer Democracies’

Freedom House's latest 'Nations in Transit' report, published on Wednesday, strongly criticises Serbia, Montenegro and Hungary for falling democratic standards and classifies all three countries for the first time as 'hybrid regimes'.

120 more people infected with COVID-19 in Serbia, three more died

With that, the death toll in Serbia has increased to 200, with the death rate now at 2.07 percent.
In Serbia, in the last 24 hours, another 120 cases of coronavirus patients have been confirmed.
4.817 people had been tested in those 24 hours, while 120 of them tested positive for COVID-19.

Serbian Police ‘Allow Pro-Govt Protesters to Breach Curfew’

Beatovic told BIRN that the form of the protest frees people from fear and makes them aware that they are not alone.

"In Serbia there are many frightened and blackmailed people. This noisy protest helps them to see that there is an opposing side," he said.

Parliament session on the abolition of the state of emergency to be held tomorrow

Parliament's Speaker Maja Gojkovic said on Monday that the MPs will also consider the Bill on the validity of the regulations passed by the Government with the signature of the President during the state of emergency and approved by the National Assembly, submitted by the Government of Serbia.
The sitting will be held in the National Assembly House starting at 10 am.

Elections Return to Balkan Agenda as Pandemic Wanes

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, then presidential candidate, greets a supporter during a campaign rally in Nis in 2017. Photo: EPA/Djordje Savic

Serbia's election race will restart where it stopped:

The first step towards ending the state of emergency, Serbian Government agrees to it

This was done at the initiative of the Ministry of Defense, with an appropriate elaboration in accordance with the Law on Defense.
The proposal states that the activities of the competent health organizations and state bodies in the territory of Serbia have established active epidemiological surveillance of the disease COVID-19.

Coronavirus Causes Massive Layoffs Across the Balkans

Hundreds of thousands of workers in Balkan countries have lost their jobs due to economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, official statistical data show. And many fear the real numbers of job losses could be considerably higher, as not all countries in the region have compiled comprehensive records.

93 new cases of coronavirus infection confirmed, four more deaths in Serbia today

Thus the total number of infected increased to 9.557.
The report said that, with four more deaths, the total number of coronavirus-related deaths now stands at 197.
A total of 2.023 patients have been hospitalized, including 53 on respirators.
A total of 1.574 people have recovered from coronavirus.

Josip Broz Tito - 40 years since the death of the lifetime President of the SFRY

Josip Broz Tito, as President of Yugoslavia, first of all, built his reputation with the people of Yugoslavia. For years, a cult of leader was developed, so the marshal's photographs hung above school boards, but also in the homes of many Yugoslavs - from Vardar to Triglav. He remained remembered for his turbulent political and private life.

Muddled Talk of Amnesties Won’t Heal Kosovo’s Wounds

On the bench opposite them would be the perpetrator who had committed the actual crime, and he would tell the story of how he and a certain colleague had stopped two boys on the side of the street, checked them, drove them somewhere in the dark and finished them off. He would reveal to the mother in detail how her son was actually murdered and where they buried his body.

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