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The joy of a child

Last weekend I went for a swim with a 7-year-old child. The boy could not contain his enthusiasm. "This is the happiest day of the quarantine," he said again and again as he dove into the water off an inflatable mattress shaped like a slice of watermelon.

One person died, 54 newly infected

Since the last report, 5.215 people have been tested.
There are eight people on the respirator, out of 558 hospitalized.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 239.234 people have been tested in Serbia, of which 11.354 were positive for coronavirus.

Thermal cameras to be deployed at courthouses to screen for fevers: Justice minister

Courthouses in Turkey will start using thermal cameras at their entrances to screen for fevers to prevent anyone potentially infected with the coronavirus from entering the premises, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said on May 29 as the country's judiciary is set to resume its work as part of its normalization phase.

Greece denounces planned ‘fiestas’ outside Hagia Sofia

Greece denounced on Friday a decision by Turkey to hold a "fiestas" outside Istanbul's Byzantine-era cathedral Hagia Sophia during Friday's prayers on the anniversary of the city's 1453 conquest by Ottoman troops.

Central bank reduces key interest rate to 1.75% per annum

The Board of Directors of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) decided, in Friday's meeting, to reduce the monetary policy interest rate to 1.75% per year, from 2% per year, starting with June 2, informs the central bank.

Gov't reimburses to companies 41.5 pct of salary of employees returning from furlough

The Government will reimburse employers, for a period of 3 months, a percentage of 41.5 pct of the monthly gross wage of each worker that has his/her previously suspended work contract reactivated, a release sent on Friday to AGERPRES by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, reads.

Bulgarians Amongs the Citizens with the Biggest Financial Lost amid Pandemic

The citizens of Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Spain suffered biggest financial loss amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

The nationals of Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and Austria suffered least damages, a survey of the European Parliament shows. 58% of the surveyed said they experienced financial difficulties during he pandemic.

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus

One by one, the children and adults line up for the centuries-old ritual of Holy Communion, trying to keep a proper social distance. The priest dips a spoon into the chalice of bread and wine, which the faithful believe is the body and blood of Christ, and puts it into the mouth of the first person in line.

German academic back home after two months of isolation in sea

A German academic who had been sailing in the Aegean Sea on his catamaran as the pandemic made its way into Europe and who eventually got stranded in the middle of the Aegean Sea, because both Turkey and Greece closed their borders, is now back home.

EU recovery plan could allow tax cuts

Finance Minister Christos Staikouras suggested on Thursday that the funds Greece expects to receive from the Next Generation EU recovery package as proposed by the European Commission on Wednesday could allow for a reduction in taxation.

Grenell: "I can't wait to continue mediating regarding Kosovo issue"

Grenell said that everyone should respect the decision of the Constitutional Court on the decree of President Hashim Thaci pertaining to the appointment of Avdullah Hoti as the Prime Minister Designate of the new Kosovo Government, Koha reports.
Richard Grenell said that "he cannot wait to continue working with Kosovo".