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Murphy's appointment for new envoy in BiH sent to Senate for confirmation

July 20, 2021

The nomination of Michael Murphy for the posting of new US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina has been sent to the Senate for confirmation, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.

Last week, US President Joe Biden announced the nomination along with six others for what were said to be “the key roles”, and in order to have the procedure of appointment complete, it has to be confirmed by the Senate.

Murphy currently serves as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and oversees European security including NATO, the OSCE, conventional arms control, and Arctic security policy, as well as bilateral relations with the Northern European and Baltic countries.

Among other overseas postings, Murphy also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Pristina and for three years as Political Counselor at the US Embassy in Sarajevo.

According to the White House, Murphy speaks local languages in this region.

If appointed, he will replace ambassador Eric Nelson who took office in February 2019.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/murphys-appointment-for-new-envoy-in-bih-sent-to-senate-for-confirmation/#coral_thread

UNHCR rep: Many credible reports of Croatian police mistreating refugees

July 20, 2021

After her stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, the head of international protection at the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR commented on the violent actions of some members of the Croatian border police, but also welcomed the government’s decision to address the growing number of reports by establishing an independent body to monitor the situation.

“We have received many credible reports about the violent treatment of refugees and migrants by the border police,” she said in the interview which Hina published on Tuesday.

NGOs and human rights organisations, the Council of Europe, and the Western media outlets have been warning about violent actions, the so-called pushbacks, beatings, confiscation of money, mobile phones, clothes, and so on, calling on the Croatian authorities to fully investigate and end such practices.

“Human rights should be respected, whether these people are refugees or not, they should not be mistreated,” Triggs said while visiting Zagreb in order to learn more about how the asylum system in Croatia functions.

Croatian police and authorities regularly dismiss allegations of violence against refugees and migrants, saying they are investigating all complaints.

“Refugees intercepted while crossing the border in an irregular manner must be allowed to apply for asylum if that was their intention,” Triggs said. “Strengthen the asylum system at the border so that you can assess who is a refugee and who is not.”

The Croatian authorities have the right to send back migrants, but not refugees, and they must “have the opportunity to assess who is in need of international protection and who is not,” she said.

Independent body to monitor proceedings at the border

Triggs welcomed the establishment of an independent national border monitoring mechanism, which should soon become operational.

“We congratulate the Croatian government on establishing an independent body to address these reports and monitor and investigate them,” she said. “Croatia is the first country in the EU to do so.”

In recent months, the head of international protection at UNHCR has visited Cyprus, Malta, and Greece, and the assessment mission will continue in Italy and Spain, thus covering the countries at the external border of the European Union which are facing mixed movements due to their geographical location.

Since the migrant crisis of 2015, countries at the EU’s external borders have borne a huge burden that the bloc is has struggled to distribute evenly.

Croatia has accepted 250 Syrian refugees under its resettlement program

The EU has therefore concluded a deal with Turkey, including on the resettlement of Syrian refugees by EU member states. Croatia has so far received 250 of them and has made a pledge to receive another hundred.

Triggs said it was “very positive” that Croatia, facing a demographic decline and emigration, is considering introducing a regular annual resettlement quota, which she discussed with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and State Secretary at the Ministry of the Interior, Terezija Gras.

She also welcomed the program of educating foreigners in Croatia.

Encourage refugees to stay

Given the need for a young workforce, refugees granted protection should be encouraged not to move onward for the Western countries after the two-year government integration support ceases, as Croatia is a “wonderful country to live in,” Triggs advised.

Unfortunately, out of ten Syrian families resettled to Sisak, only two remained in Croatia and the others departed for the West.

“By better informing these people, it is possible to convince them to stay. Instead of considering Croatia as a transit country, these people will realize that they have opportunities here,” she said of young families with children who can get a solid education.

She believes that the Croatian refugee integration program is “excellent”, while more Croatian language courses, education, training programs and other similar initiatives would further help.

An example of a good integration program is a three-month internship that IKEA developed in partnership with UNHCR, which provides participants with a certificate attesting work experience from the Swedish giant in home furnishing and helps them find a job, including at IKEA.

Almost forgotten communities displaced by the war of the 90s

During her stay in Croatia, the UNHCR official also visited Petrinja, where she met a family whose housing issue was finally resolved, 26 years after the war as part of the Regional Housing Program (RHP), which includes Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

So far, Croatian authorities have provided housing units for some 360 of the 411 families planned under the EU- and US-funded RHP, implemented by partner countries in co-operation with UNHCR and OSCE, to end the chapter on regional displacement through providing sustainable housing solutions and facilitating access to rights of former refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons.

The UNHCR’s mandate also includes the status of stateless persons, including those 3,000 in Croatia, mostly Roma, who self-declared as either stateless or at risk od stateless in the last population census, Triggs said.

Apart from Zagreb, where she visited the Zagreb Reception Center for Asylum Seekers (most commonly referred to as “Porin”), she also traveled to Petrinja, where she met a nine-year-old stateless girl who, due to the lack of an OIB, could not obtain a certificate of completion of the first grade of primary school.

Due to a number of bureaucratic obstacles, the process of resolving the status of stateless people is complex and Triggs welcomes the fact that Croatia is a signatory to the two UN Statelessness Conventions, and praises the Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior.

“She is very well acquainted with this issue and dedicated to solving it,” she said of Terezija Gras, whose competencies have impressed her.

“UNHCR stands ready to support the government in taking a step further and establishing a statelessness determination procedure that would allow for quick and efficient processing of cases like the one of the stateless child,” Triggs added.

The number of people displaced around the world will continue to grow

The picture of our planet from the point of view of migrants and those forcibly displaced is not rosy, said the UNHCR official in the conclusion of the interview.

On the occasion of World Refugee Day on June 20, she warned that today there are 82.4 million forcibly displaced people in the world, which is more than twice as many in the past decade.

But that number is in reality far, far higher, she stressed in an interview she gave just on the day NATO announced the end of its military mission in Afghanistan from where people are fleeing again due to clashes between government forces and the Taliban.

“Wars and conflicts are the main drivers of forced migration, and climate change will be an increasingly powerful cause of forced displacement leading to violence due to lack of resources, which we already see, for example, in the Sahel region of Africa”, she said.

Covid-19 is a “very, very worrying” issue, Triggs said, warning of the serious economic and social consequences of a pandemic.

Covid has set back the successes achieved in recent years, for example in educating girls that the pandemic has stopped and many of those girls will never return to the education system, she said.

The pandemic wiped out jobs, left people without income, spurred the growth of poverty and the rise of domestic violence.

“Covid has greatly reversed the progress made and it will take years to rebuild it,” she said.

She added that UNHCR is working with the World Bank and regional banks to help invest in countries to recover economies and help all vulnerable people, not just refugees, rebuild their lives.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/unhcr-rep-many-credible-reports-of-croatian-police-mistreating-refugees/

Komsic takes over chairmanship in Bosnia's tripartite Presidency

July 20, 2021

The Croat member of Bosnia's tripartite Presidency, Zeljko Komsic, took over the rotating chairmanship in the institution on Tuesday and will serve as the Presidency Chairman for the next eight months.

Komsic took over the chairmanship from his Serb colleague in the Presidency, Milorad Dodik.

Bosnia has a three-member state Presidency with each member representing one of three major ethnic groups, the Bosniaks, the Serbs and the Croats.

The rotating chairmanship procedure is conducted in accordance with the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Presidency’s Rules of Procedure.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/komsic-takes-over-chairmanship-in-bosnias-tripartite-presidency/

PM: Serbia extremly successful in digitalisation; HBR: Limited infrastructure

July 20, 2021

During her visit to New York, Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told a conference on digitalisation on Tuesday that her country was “one of the globally most successful in technology and that some put it on the fifth, some on the tenth place in the world.”

She added she was proud of her Government’s achievement in education, IT and digitalisation.

Brnabic singled out the introduction of programming in primary schools in Serbia in 2017 as one of her team most tremendous successes.

She added that during her mandate, four scientific-technological parks opened in Serbia.

In its report from December 2020, the Harward Business Review (HBR) put Serbia among what it described as ‘break out countries’ category, or “economies with limited existing digital infrastructure, but which are rapidly digitalising,“ together with China and Russia.

According to the report, Croatia and Bosnia are among the ‘watch out economies,’ „which includes countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Southern Europe, characterised by shortcomings in both existing digital capabilities and momentum for future development.“

The report put Slovenia into the ‘stall out economies, saying that „many of them are in the EU and have mature digital landscapes, but exhibit less momentum for continued advancement.“

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/pm-serbia-extremly-successful-in-digitalisation-hbr-limited-infrastructure/

New EU donation to Serbia – $ 1.3 mil for social housing

July 20, 2021

The European Union continued aiding Serbia by donating 1.3 million Dollars to the central town of Cacak for the construction and purchase of apartments for socially sensitive categories of the population, the deputy mayor of Cacak, Vladan Milic, told reporters on Tuesday.

In addition, the sum of 217,500 Dollars will be allocated from the city budget for the same purpose.

The construction and purchase of accommodation for socially vulnerable categories of the population, including Roma, victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities and young people who grew up in foster families or social welfare institutions, is carried out within the project ‘Leaving No One Behind.’

Milic added that a residential building with 12 apartments and two common areas for socialising would be built in the Cacak district of Obrez.

The EU is by far the largest donor to Serbia, despite Belgrade’s increasingly stronger links to Russia and China both politically and economically.

It is also planned to purchase 14 rural households for 19,000 Dollars each and the construction materials for the 12 housing units that need reconstruction.

„In addition to the housing, the so-called ‘soft measures’ are also planned, i.e., assistance for independent life, referral to future jobs and alike,“ Milic said.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/new-eu-donatation-to-serbia-1-3-mil-for-social-housing/

AFP: Russia requested UN Sec Council vote on ending High Rep post in BiH

July 20, 2021

Russia requested a vote in the UN Security Council on its recent draft resolution, which if adopted would result in closing down the institution of Bosnia’s international administrator by the end of July next year, to take place on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reported.

This was reportedly confirmed by diplomats who spoke to AFP on the condition of anonymity.

t is now up to France to decide on the request, as the country holds the presidency of the Security Council this month.

The draft resolution, also backed by China, would also immediately strip the High Representative of the international community, tasked with overseeing the civilian implementation of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement, of his special powers.

According to the AFP, western diplomats said that “Moscow and Beijing may not garner the minimum nine out of 15 votes necessary to approve the resolution, without one of the five permanent members of the council resorting to their veto power to block it.”

One diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, reportedly said that Russia’s draft resolution has no other objective than to “undermine the institution” of the High Representative.

“It is absolutely crystal clear that this does not need any kind of endorsement by the Security Council,” the diplomat said, according to the AFP.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/afp-russia-requested-un-sec-council-vote-on-ending-high-rep-post-in-bih/

Yet another state Telekom Serbia odd deal – € 100 mil per season for EPL matches

July 20, 2021

The state telecommunications company Telekom Serbia has bought the rights for the broadcast of the English Premier League (EPL), also referred to as Premiership (PS) soccer matches on its Arena Sport channel for 100 million euros per season, in the next six years, almost ten times more than those rights previously paid by the United Group SBB's Sport Klub, the Belgrade independent Beta news agency has reported on Tuesday.

Sport Klub will still broadcast the EPL games in the 2021/22 season.

In what appears to be another odd purchase, Telekom Srbija CEO Vladimir Lucic told Beta the price was „a business secret.“

Nemanja Nenadic from Transparency Serbia said that there were no clear economic logic and market reasons for Telekom Serbia to pay such a price for something that, by the nature of things, could have probably been cheaper. He added the state-owned company should give more details about the whole case to the public.

He added the EPL wasn’t ready to accept the bank guarantees and that it was necessary to pay 200 million euros in advance.

But, the sources close to negotiations told Beta that the rights were bought for the six seasons starting from 2022/23 for a total of 600 million euros despite substantially lower price until now, and added that „it is difficult to imagine such investment could pay off.“

The sources added that the same rights cost Germany, Austria and Switzerland 25 million euros per season.

Telekom Serbia, supported by the countries’ authorities, said it planned to destroy the privately-owned SBB cable services provider, end its business operations in Serbia, and destroy the free media outlets N1 and Nova S.

United Group said in May Lucic publicly admitted he was behind such a plan.

The cost of such a plan is enormous, and the media reported that „Telekom Serbia had aggressively appeared on the multi-media services market and had turned its business model around by expanding its optical network over the past few years.“

According to the Nova Ekonomija magazine report in March,Telekom Serbia financial reports for 2020 showed the company’s debt stood at 1.44 billion euros, while in 2017, it was 289 million euros.

All those investments in cable operators and TV channels raised some eyebrows abroad about their goals, including the media freedom in the country.

The European Western Balkans (EWB) reported in March the moves raised „the concerns about the already insufficient media pluralism in Serbia increased after a document emerged showing that the state-owned company Telekom intended to sign a contract with the private Telenor company to reduce the share of the cable television company Serbian Broadband (SBB) in the country’s market.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/yet-another-telekom-serbia-odd-deal-e-100-mil-per-season-for-epl-matches/

House collapses in central Belgrade: Is building business corruption paradise?

July 20, 2021

The collapse of a building in the Belgrade central Vracar district last week, fortunately, claimed no casualty but raised many questions about constructing new residential objects in Serbia's capital.

On Tuesday, the collapse continued, just as one of the famous architects Dragoljub Bakic told N1 over the weekend: „A house that has eroded like that will collapse. There is no life there anymore. We can talk about how to help the tenants, but the environment in this City is endangered.“

The first apartment on the ground floor collapsed just as a tenant left it. The City Construction Inspection said that „most likely“, the house’s stability was endangered by the construction of the building next to it.

The City Authorities said that all those responsible for the collapse of the building in Vracar would be held criminally responsible and that the City would request an urgent amendment to the Law on Planning and Construction.

Late on Tuesday, a construction inspector said he filed criminal charges against those responsible for the collapse of the building.

Belgrade, and particularly the Vracar district, has been for years a golden goose for investors who are by default said to have direct or indirect links to someone close to whoever rules the City and the country.

Many see a „hysterical building“ in the smallest city district already overcrowded as the best way for money laundering and a corruption paradise. The question is who, and how, gets all necessary permits; who and how controls the works, and who is responsible for damages caused by an irresponsible quest for increasingly expensive square meters?

The truth is that almost every new apartment is sold even before the building is finished, and that undoubtedly motivates the investors.

But the mystery is how is it possible in the country with an average monthly wage of just above 500 euros, there are so many people who can afford apartments in new buildings at good addresses whose prices go from 3-10,000 euros per square meter?

And the real estate agencies say that the majority are paid for in cash.

Bakic said that „there is no more obvious corruption than between the local authorities and investors. Everything is for sale, and everything can be bought. The only thing that can stand in the way is the profession, which is indecently, inadmissibly silent.“

He added that „it is not the first time old buildings are demolished in Vracar, and ten-storey buildings built instead. Today, our construction business has become the most profitable, Bakic told N1.

He said that „every control is lost. After this, every construction site overseen by that inspection should be combed. Who are the investors, who are building, who are bricklayers, who are the heads of the construction site, who are the supervised engineers,“ he asked, adding, „it’s a professional prostitution at work“.

He believes the house in Vracar „probably collapsed because of the garages“.

„So many unsecured holes, in my opinion, mean the new building should have fewer floors. But more were added, and since the investors must build garages to provide a parking space for every apartment, they had to dig deeper, and the question is whether there was a project to secure the foundation pit,“ Bakic said.

„It’s the wild west here. After this accident, one should look at all construction sites, in every street where the cranes are seen.“

„They (the authorities) brag about issuing permits for two million square meters a year, instead of being ashamed of it,“ he said, adding that „it is not experts and the professionals who decide, but politicians.“

„We have no state,“ Bakic said.

The tenants from the collapsed building, who were temporarily moved to a hotel, told the nova.rs website they had warned the investor about the danger for their building foundation, but he ignored that.

After the first apartment collapsed, a tenant said, the works continued for some time

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/house-collapse-in-central-belgrade-is-building-business-corruption-paradise/

Opposition leader files charges against company with close ties to government

July 20, 2021

Opposition People’s Party leader Vuk Jeremic told reporters on Tuesday that the party filed criminal charges against the prime minister and the owners of the Millennium Team company alleging embezzlement in the construction of a gas pipeline.

Jeremic said the charges were filed against Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic and the founders of Millennium Team Stojan Vujko and Ivan Bosnjak. He said they embezzled some 75 million Euro.

Millennium Team is a construction company specializing in energy industry infrastructure among other things. It has been alleged to have close contacts with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) which is said to have awarded it a number of lucrative contracts. There have also been allegations of the company having made valuable gifts to the brother of a cabinet minister.

Jeremic told a news conference that the construction of a gas pipeline between Belgrade and the western Serbian city of Loznica was veiled in secrecy adding that the government document on the project was not available. A day earlier, Jeremic said that the pipeline was being constructed secretly for the needs of the Rio Tinto company which is planning to set up a lithium mining operation in the area around Loznica. Rio Tinto’s plans met with wide-spread opposition from locals in the area, the general public and the political opposition.

Jeremic said that the state-owned Srbijagas company launched procedures to negotiate with an unspecified company to build the pipeline. He showed reporters a document which he claims showed that the Millennium Team made an offer of 74.9 million Euro job in negotiations which lasted just 15 minutes, the lowest of six offers. He said the document was handed to him by an unnamed public administration official.

According to Jeremic, Millennium Team was suing his party and some media outlets demanding large amounts in damages to try to silence them.

Millennium Team reacted to Jeremic’s news conference in a press release which said that it would cooperate with the authorities, adding that Jeremic’s claims were nothing new. It said that the company had denied all allegations in detail. The company said it had no intention of silencing anyone through law suits which were filed because incorrect information was published.

Minister Mihajlovic also spoke up to say that Jeremic was trying to intimidate political rivals. Her press release said that Jeremic is “the leader of the Taliban part of the opposition” who is trying to draw attention to himself. She said that he does not realize that infrastructure projects can’t be launched in secrecy and denied that her ministry was involved in the public procurement process for the gas pipeline.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposition-leader-files-charges-against-company-with-close-ties-to-government/

NUNS researcher says Serbian journalists still under pressure

July 20, 2021

A researcher for the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) said on Tuesday that the pandemic and ensuing state of emergency caused a rise in the number of reported cases of attacks on journalists.

Rade Djuric, a lawyer and NUNS researcher, told a debate on freedom of the media that the state of emergency imposed at the start of the pandemic by the Serbian authorities had an immediate effect on journalists as did the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. He said that “the sudden lack of transparency” also had a direct effect on journalists as in the example of Nova.rs portal reporter Ana Lalic who was arrested for reporting on the Vojvodina Clinical Center during the state of emergency. He said that also brought pressure to bear on sources.

According to Djuric, the situation worsened when reporters were banned from attending news conferences by the government’s crisis response team in April 2020.

The position of journalists remains unchanged this year but we won’t know if that is because of the pandemic or if the state of emergency had a negative effect following several bad years for journalists, he said. The worst situation was during last year’s demonstrations in July when journalists came under pressure with some getting beaten.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/nuns-researcher-says-serbian-journalists-still-under-pressure/

Dacic: Recognizing Kosovo is red line Serbia won’t cross

July 20, 2021

Serbian Parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic said on Tuesday that recognizing Kosovo is the red line that official Belgrade won’t cross.

Dacic told the pro-government TV Happy that Serbia’s delegation to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will always have the interests of the state in mind and will not cross any red lines.

Commenting European Union envoy Miroslav Lajcak’s statement that very little progress was made during Monday’s meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti, Dacic said that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue will be hard to continue without any tangible results.

Dacic said that was told by Lajcak recently that no meetings would be organized if they don’t yield results. “He obviously has patience and I think that it’s good that he does since it’s better to sit and talk than to create problems on the ground but it’s a question of perspective because Kurti evidently does not want to tackle the issues on the agenda,” he said.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/dacic-recognizing-kosovo-is-red-line-serbia-wont-cross/

Opposed reactions to photos of mutilated bodies show by Serbian minister Vulin

July 20, 2021

Two officials of the Serbian Regulatory Body for Electronic Media (REM) reacted differently on Tuesday to Minister Aleksandar Vulin’s decision to show photographs of mutilated corpses on live TV.

In a live appearance on the pro-government TV Pink, Internal Affairs Minister Vulin showed photographs of mutilated corpses and body parts which he said were downloaded from the mobile phones of members of a recently arrested organized crime group. The pictures were allegedly taken by members of the group headed by Veljko Belivuk aka Velja Nevolja who headed one of the FC Partizan supporter groups. Speaking about the pictures, Vulin told the Hit Tvit talk show that “some people threw up, others refused to look and some said they aren’t true”.

Similar pictures were shown earlier by President Aleksandar Vucic at a news conference but there was no reaction from the REM at the time. Partizan supporters are said to have drawn the wrath of the authorities for chanting slogans against the president at matches. The Belivuk group has been charged with a number of crimes, including several counts of murder.

The reactions this time came from REM Council Chairwoman Olivera Zekic who said that she believes that the photographs were “educational” adding that “they are meant to upset and warn so that people realize how important it is to fight this”. Zekic told Danas daily that there won’t be any reaction from the REM before the autumn because of the summer break. According to her the reaction will depend on what the Oversight Service says in its report. She added that she personally would not ban the showing of those pictures because the public has to see that the fight against crime is justified.

REM members Judita Popovic said that she would be filing charges againt TV Pink for allowing the airing of the photographs. “The photographs were horrific and I think a reaction should come but based on what happened earlier (when Vucic showed similar pictures) I don’t expect a reaction,” she said recalling that the judiciary failed to react and that the REM ruled that the law was not broken, she told the Nova.rs portal. Popovic reacted to Vucic’s news conference in March saying that he was in violation of the Law on Electronic Media and regulations on human rights for media services.

Lawyer Rodoljub Sabic, formerly the Commissioner for Public Information, told N1 that the authorities keep raising the unacceptable bar in terms of public displays of horrifying details of mutilations. “Every standard is being lowered and the law is being turned into props for a reality show,” Sabic said.

Milica Vojinovic, a journalist with the KRIK crime and corruption investigative network, told N1 that there was much less reaction this time, adding that the pictures shown by Vulin were worse than what Vucic showed and were on the front pages of the Serbia press. According to her, the public has gotten used to seeing things like that in the media.

The Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) protested on Tuesday over the publication of photographs of mutilated victims of an organized crime group on national TV and in the tabloid press. The UNS called electronic and print media to abide by the journalists’ code.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/opposed-reactions-to-photos-of-mutilated-bodies-show-by-serbian-minister-vulin/

Coronavirus: Croatia reports 18 new cases and 2 deaths

July 19, 2021

Croatia has registered 18 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus crisis management team said on Monday.

The number of active cases in the country currently stands at 685. Among them are 125 people who are receiving hospital treatment and 14 of them are on ventilators.

Since late February 2020, when the first case was confirmed in Croatia, more than of 361,000 people have been infected with the novel virus, of whom 8,240 have died and nearly 352,700 have recovered, including 75 in the last 24 hours.

Currently, 4,029 people are in self-isolation.

To date, more than 2,218,700 people have been tested for COVID-19, including 1,543 in the last 24 hours.

By 18 July, 2,917,001 vaccine doses had been administered, with 39.2 percent of the total population or 47.1 percent of the adult population having been vaccinated.  A total of 1,589,579 people have received at least one dose, of whom 1,364,798 have been fully inoculated (1,327,422 have been vaccinated with both doses and 37,376 have received the single-dose Jannsen vaccine), which makes up 40.54 percent of the adult population.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/coronavirus-croatia-reports-18-new-cases-and-2-deaths/

Bosnia reports 10 new coronavirus cases and no COVID deaths

July 18, 2021

Bosnia and Herzegovina has logged 10 new coronavirus cases and no COVID deaths, the healthcare authorities said on Sunday.

The new results came from 989 lab tests performed on those who reported infection symptoms.

The Federation (FBiH) entity has so far confirmed 134,221 infection cases out of 735,536 tests performed, while 5,535 COVID patients died. The region reported ten new cases and no COVID fatalities in the last 24 hours.

As for Republika Srpska (RS) entity, its healthcare authorities have confirmed 64,387 infection cases out of 287,895 tests performed. The region logged the total of 3,795 deaths among COVID patients. In the last 24 hours, no new coronavirus cases or related deaths were confirmed in this part of the country.

Brcko District reported the total of 6,703 cases since the epidemic outbreak and 338 fatalities. There are currently 24 active cases in this part of the country. Also, there were no new cases or deaths reported in Brcko District over the past 24 hours.

Source:  https://ba.n1info.com/english/news/bosnia-reports-10-new-coronavirus-cases-and-no-covid-deaths/

Coronavirus UPDATE: One death, 227 newly infected in Serbia

July 19, 2021

Over the last 24 hours, one patient died from COVID-19-related complications and out of 9,072 tested, 227 were infected with the coronavirus in Serbia, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

To date, COVID-19 has claimed 7,084 lives in the country. The mortality rate is 0.99 percent.

Currently, 305 people are in hospitals, eight of whom are on ventilators.

Since the epidemic outbreak in March 2020, 4,563,171 people have officially been tested, and 718,817 have been confirmed positive for the coronavirus.

Source:  https://rs.n1info.com/english/news/coronavirus-update-one-death-227-newly-infected-in-serbia/

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