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Bosnia records 739 new coronavirus cases along with 30 fatalities

December 6, 2020

Bosnian health officials reported 739 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, along with 30 virus-related fatalities.

The country's Federation (FBiH) entity reported 599 new cases after testing 1,833 samples for the new coronavirus. The entity's Public Health Institute said they recorded 11 deaths caused by the virus.

The Republika Srpska (RS) region said they registered 126 new cases of the disease after testing 366 suspected samples. This entity also reported having 18 fatalities over the last 24 hours.

Brcko District health officials said they recorded 14 new coronavirus case and one fatality.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680446/Bosnia-records-739-new-coronavirus-cases-along-with-30-fatalities.html

Montenegro reports 367 new coronavirus cases, three deaths

December 6, 2020

Montenegrin health officials said Sunday they tested 1,312 samples for coronavirus, of which 367 came back positive, adding that there were three virus-related fatalities.

Since the beginning of 2020, the country reported 533 fatalities from Covid-19.

The total number of currently active cases in Montenegro is 10,714.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680550/Montenegro-reports-367-new-coronavirus-cases-three-deaths.html

Coronavirus in Kosovo: 19 fatalities and 468 new coronavirus cases

December 6, 2020

Kosovo's National Institute of Public Health (NIPHK) announced that 19 people died from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which increased the total number of deaths to 1,106. A total of 1,314 samples were tested for the virus, of which 468 came back positive during the same period.

The total number of confirmed cases was 42,805 out of 152,677 samples tested for coronavirus.

During the last 24 hours, 683 patients were cured, while the total number of cured patients to date is 28,504.

The authorities said 13,195 people are still actively infected, most of them from the municipality of Pristina, which has the most newly infected in the last 24 hours - 227.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680504/Coronavirus-in-Kosovo-19-fatalities-and-468-new-coronavirus-cases.html

North Macedonia reports 659 new coronavirus cases and 23 fatalities

December 6, 2020

North Macedonian health authorities recorded 659 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and 23 virus-related fatalities.

The authorities said they tested 1,715 samples over the past 24 hours, and that the number of positive results amounts to 38.43 percent.

So far, 1,924 people died from the virus in this country, and the total number of confirmed cases is 67.968. The country has 22,398 active cases.

N. Macedonia said they performed 348.795 tests for the presence of the new coronavirus, since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680568/North-Macedonia-reports-659-new-coronavirus-cases-and-23-fatalities.html

Bosnian inspectors find migrant group with more than 100 children near Croatia

December 5, 2020

Inspectors of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Service for Foreigners' Affairs earlier this week discovered a large group of illegal migrants with more than a hundred children in the area bordering Croatia.

The migrants were all transferred to reception centers in the northwestern Una-Sana Canton, where they will be given the necessary care, officials of the Service for Foreigners' Affairs said in Sarajevo on Saturday.

The service has stepped up patrols of the area along the border with Croatia and its inspectors have found dozens of migrant families in abandoned houses in Bosanska Bojna, near the border with Croatia.

They have identified 53 families with 199 members, of whom 105 are children.

The Service for Foreigners' Affairs has said that migrant reception centers in Una-Sana Canton have been filled to capacity and that currently, more than 3,200 migrants are staying there.

At least as many migrants are staying in two reception centers in the area of Sarajevo and the country's security ministry estimates that up to 8,000 illegal migrants are currently staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Source:  http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a492753/Bosnian-inspectors-find-migrant-group-with-more-than-100-children-near-Croatia.html

Afghan admits to smuggling migrants into Bosnia

December 5, 2020

Afghan Anil Ahmad born 1999 admitted to smuggling migrants into Bosnia in September 2020, when he was caught crossing the Drina river, on the border with Serbia, Bosnian Prosecution said Saturday.

The suspect is charged with smuggling 10 migrants across the Drina river in September 2020, which he confessed doing, and for which the prosecution will ask a 12-month sentence.

According to the Prosecution, the requested sentence is adequate to the severity of the crime committed and with the admission of guilt, the Afghan waived the right to trial and appeal.

The plea bargain was submitted to the court which is yet to decide on it, the Prosecution said.

Source:  http://ba.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a492733/Afghan-admits-to-smuggling-migrants-into-Bosnia.html

Matthew Palmer: US remains committed to Belgrade-Pristina talks and the region

December 5, 2020

The United States is committed to the partnership with the countries of the Western Balkans and their European perspective said US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Special Representative of the United States Administration Matthew Palmer in an interview with Voice of America.

"I don't want to try to predict what the next administration will do - but I will say that I have been working in the Western Balkans both in the democratic and republican American administrations for the last twenty-seven years. The American approach to the region has been consistent from administration to administration because our interests are consistent from administration to administration. Our vision of the Western Balkans that it's a set of countries that are at peace with each other, with their neighbours, states that are stable, prosperous and integrated into European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. By this I mean NATO and the European Union," Palmer said.

When it comes to the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, American engagement and possibilities for reaching a political agreement between the two sides, which have been negotiating on the normalization of relations for almost a decade, the American diplomat pointed out that the United States is consistently engaged in that process.

"We are dealing with this on a day-to-day basis at several levels, including here in Washington, at the highest level of the US government. Our commitment to partnership with Serbia and Kosovo and the European perspective of both countries will not change. We will work with Belgrade and Pristina to support the normalization of their relations and their European path," said Matthew Palmer.

The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, with the mediation of the EU, continued on July 16 in Brussels after a twenty-month break. It was interrupted in November 2018, when the government of the then Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj introduced taxes of 100 percent on imported goods from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A more significant US engagement in the dialogue, through the American President's special envoy Richard Grenell, resulted in Avdulah Hoti and Aleksandar Vucic, the main negotiators of the two sides signing an agreement on normalization of economic relations at the White House in Washington this year.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680160/Matthew-Palmer-US-remains-committed-to-Belgrade-Pristina-talks-and-the-region.html

Coronavirus: Croatia reports 3,955 new cases, 68 deaths

December 4, 2020

A total of 3,955 new coronavirus cases and 68 infection-related deaths have been confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours, the national coronavirus response team said on Friday morning.

The number of active cases currently stands at 24,190. It includes 2,427 patients receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19, including 262 who are on ventilators.

Since February 25, when the first case was confirmed in the country, 143,370 people have been infected with the novel virus, of whom 2,032 have died and 117,148 have recovered, including 3,639 in the last 24 hours.

Currently, 59,417 people are in self-isolation. A total of 790,883 people have been tested to date, including 10,626 in the last 24 hours.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a679888/Coronavirus-Croatia-reports-3-955-new-cases-68-deaths.html

Coronavirus UPDATE: 69 more deaths, 7,782 tested positive in Serbia

December 4, 2020

In the last 24 hours, 69 people died from COVID-19 related complications, and out of 22,497 tested, 7,782 people were infected with the coronavirus in Serbia, Health Ministry said on Friday.

The total death toll stood at 1,834, with 0,89 percent of a mortality ratio.

It added that on Friday, there were 7,700 hospitalized patients, while 270 of them were on ventilators.

The total number of tested people since March 6 has been 1,867,228, and 206,940 have been confirmed positive for the new virus.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a679882/Coronavirus-UPDATE-69-more-deaths-7-782-tested-positive-in-Serbia.html

Bosnia registers 1,245 new coronavirus cases, 53 deaths and 1,462 recoveries

December 4, 2020

A total of 1,254 people tested positive for the coronavirus and 53 people passed away due to COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the past 24 hours, while 1,462 recovered, healthcare authorities said on Friday.

Of the 3,161 samples tested in Bosnia’s Federation (FBiH) region, 832 were positive for the virus and 24 people died from COVID-19 since Thursday.

In the other semi-autonomous entity, Republika Srpska (RS), 383 of the 924 people tested were positive for the virus and 28 died due to the disease.

Bosnia’s Brcko District also registered 39 new coronavirus cases and one COVID-19 fatality.

More than 92,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 2,800 passed away due to COVID-19 in Bosnia since the beginning of the epidemic. More than 57,000 have recovered so far.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a679890/Bosnia-registers-1-245-new-coronavirus-cases-53-deaths-and-1-462-recoveries.html

Coronavirus in Montenegro: Six deaths, 535 newly infected

December 4, 2020

Montenegro’s Public Health Institute said on Friday that over 24 hours, six patients died from COVID-19-related complications and that out of 1,845 tested people, 535 were infected with the coronavirus.

The death toll stood at 522. On Friday, 548 patients were reported to have recovered.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic, 37,467 people have tested positive for the virus.

There were 10,531 active cases in Montenegro on Friday.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680016/Coronavirus-in-Montenegro-Six-deaths-535-newly-infected.html

Kosovo reports 11 deaths, 478 newly infected with coronavirus

December 4, 2020

Kosovo’s Public Health Institute said on Friday that over the last 24 hours, 11 patients died from COVID-19-related complications, and that out of 1,530 tested people, 478 were infected with the coronavirus.

The death toll stood at 1,073, while 27,143 patients recovered.

Since the epidemic outbreak, 149,743 people have been tested, and 41,777 of them have contracted the novel virus.

There were 13,561 active cases in Kosovo on Friday.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a679972/Kosovo-reports-11-deaths-478-newly-infected-with-coronavirus.html

New 30 deaths, 1,100 coronavirus cases in North Macedonia

December 4, 2020

North Macedonia’s Health Ministry said late on Friday that over the last 24 hours, 30 patients died from COVID-19-related complications, and out of 2,824 tested people, 1,100 samples came back positive for the coronavirus.

The death toll in the country stood at 1,877, while 42,241 patients have recovered since the epidemic outbreak.

At the same time, out of 344,085 tested people, 66,330 were reported infected, and there were 22,212 active cases on Friday, 1,286 of whom in hospitals.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680076/New-30-deaths-1-100-coronavirus-cases-in-North-Macedonia.html

MEP: EU won’t open new chapters with Serbia due to deteriorating of democracy

December 4, 2020

The European Union would not open any new chapter in the accession negotiating with Serbia in 2020 due to what the bloc saw as the deteriorating state of democracy in the country, Viola von Cramon, a member of the European Parliament said on Friday.

She tweeted that was good news, considering attacks on media, violence against peaceful demonstrators and elections with serious problems.

 Von Cramon is also a member of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs, EP Rapporteur for relations with the Western Balkans in charge of Kosovo, and the  EP's Greens Shadow Rapporteurs for Serbia

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a680070/MEP-EU-won-t-open-new-chapters-with-Serbia-due-to-deteriorating-of-democracy.html

New Montenegro’s Govt. elected, first without President’s party after 30 years

December 4, 2020

The Montenegrin Parliament voted in the new country’s government after a three-day debate with Zdravko Krivokapic, as the Prime Minister.

The new cabinet is the first after three decades formed without the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) led by the country’s President Milo Djukanovic after the opposition won the August elections.

The first to congratulate was Olivér Várhelyi, the European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement.

Montenegro’s 42nd government was elected with 41 deputies in favor, 28 against, while one MP abstained. The assembly has 81 members.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a679962/New-Montenegro-s-Govt.-elected-first-after-30-years-without-President-s-party.html

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