PM says COVID-19 measures effective; Greeks believe government response positive
A survey by polling firm Interview published Wednesday showed the vast majority of Greeks (87%) took a positive view of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, including restrictions imposed on movement and measures to support the economy. Just 10% said they had a “negative or rather negative” opinion of the government’s initiatives. Nevertheless, 75% said their jobs and income had been affected by the outbreak. On the nationwide lockdown orders, 54% believe restrictions to be “necessary” to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country, while 37% said additional measures were called for. Only 7% said restrictions on public movement were “unnecessary.” The survey...
Balkans 01/04/20: 24,478 recorded cases – 529 deaths
Worldwide on April 1st there were 920,974 recorded cases, 46,153 deaths and 193,350 recoveries. In the Balkan countries covered by the Independent Balkan News Agency IBNA there were 24,478 recorded cases, 529 deaths and 923 recoveries./ibna Country Cases New Deaths New Recover Serious 1st Case Turkey 15,679 +2,148 277 +63 333   847 09/03 Romania 2,460   +215  92 +10 252 57 25/02 Greece 1,415   +101  50 +1   52 90 25/02 Serbia  1,060   +160  28 +5   42 62 05/03 Croatia    963    +96  6     73 34 24/02 Slovenia    841    +39  15     10 31 03/03...
Turkey: 60% of total cases found in Istanbul! 601 outbreaks amongst health workers
Outbreaks all over Turkey! Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced shocking figures around the progression of coronavirus. Koca said 60% of the cases were reported in Istanbul, where most of the deaths have also confirmed. According to the Turkish Minister, 62 people die on April 1st and new 2,148 cases were confirmed. In total, Turkey counts 277 deaths and 15,679 outbreaks. 979 people remain in the ICU and 692 of them are intubated. Koca said 8852 of the cases have been found in Istanbul, which amounts to 60% of cases. There are 853 outbreaks in Izmir, 412 in Ankara and 416 in Kocaeli. There have...
Turkey sends health supplies to Italy and Spain
The Turkish Ministry of National Defence dispatched a Turkish Armed Forces aircraft to Spain and Italy to provide health supplies. "Upon the instructions of the President, health supplies consisting of masks, overalls and anti-bacterial fluids produced domestically in the Defence Ministry’s factories and sewing facilities with local resources, will be sent by TAF aircraft to Spain and Italy to combat COVID-19", the official account of the Turkish Ministry of Defense tweeted out early on Wednesday morning. The Turkish Armed Forces plane arrived in Madrid early Wednesday afternoon where the material was delivered to the Spanish authorities, while a personal letter by the Turkish President to...
Kosovo: Borrell welcomes the decision for the abolition of duties
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo caretaker government to abolish 100% of customs duties on products from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Borrell noted that this was an important decision amid the crisis of the coronavirus epidemic. "Happy to see the decision on the full lifting of tariffs by Kosovo's caretaker government for goods coming from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is an important decision. Regional cooperation is key as is maintaining flow of goods, in particular in times of the COVID19 crisis", Borrell posted on Twitter. Caretaker Prime Minister Kurti said on...
Hrvatska gives the go ahead for the construction of the nuclear waste disposal site in Trgovska Gora
Despite the Bosnia and Herzegovina protest, Croatian government decided to go through with the establishment of the Trgovska Gora nuclear waste disposal site. As media in Croatia reported, the Fund responsible for financing the decommissioning of Krško Nuclear Power Plant and the disposal of its radioactive waste stated on Tuesday that it had received the approval from the Energy and Environment Ministry for the use of former Čerkezovac barracks for the establishment of a Radioactive Waste Disposal Centre. The former Čerkezovac barracks are at Trgovska Gora in the municipality of Dvor on the left bank of the River Una. The Zagreb-based Fund says in its...
Slovenia: Gov’t plans to give the military police powers at the borders
The Slovenian government has adopted a motion that, if passed in Parliament, will activate a legislative provision that gives the military limited police powers in controlling the border. For it to pass, the proposal needs the support of two-thirds of MPs. The National Assembly might could discuss on it as soon as Thursday. The National Assembly could also discuss a mega-package of support measures worth EUR 3 billion to help companies and individuals cope with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The government wants to give police powers to the military to allow troops to take over some of the tasks from police officers patrolling Slovenia's border...
Mass resignations of doctors and nurses in Romanian hospitals
Massive resignations of doctors and nurses have begun in Romanian hospitals, with medical staff claiming they are afraid to treat COVID-19 incidents as they do not have the necessary protective equipment. The first resignations were announced Sunday at the Mioveni hospital in Arges province, when many doctors filed their resignation, although the hospital is new, built from scratch after an investment of 68m euros and was inaugurated last year. The resignation came after authorities announced that the Mioveni hospital had been turned into a support unit to fight the new coronavirus. The second wave of medical and nursing resignations was reported in Orastie, in the...
Balkans 31/03/20: 21,525 cases – 444 deaths
Worldwide on March 31st there were 849,432 recorded cases, 41,625 deaths and 176,545 recoveries. In the Balkan countries covered by the Independent Balkan News Agency IBNA there were 21,525 recorded cases, 444 deaths and 716 recoveries./ibna Country Cases New Deaths New Recover Serious 1st Case Turkey 13,531 +2,704 214 +46 243   622 09/03 Romania 2,245   +293  82 +30 220 62 25/02 Greece 1,314   +102  49 +6   52 72 25/02 Serbia    900   +115  23 +7   42 62 05/03 Croatia    867    +77  6     67 27 24/02 Slovenia    802    +46  15 +4   10 24...
Serbia: The EU grants 6.9 million euros to fight the pandemic
A 2 million-euro assistance has been provided by the EU to Serbia to date to cover the transportation costs of five aircrafts delivering medical equipment to the country, mainly from India and China. "Two planes have already landed in Serbia, and we are expecting three more over the next days. Shipping costs are fully covered by EU funds", said Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero from Tanjug. She added that, in addition to the two million euro for transport, the EU has also provided 4.9 million for the purchase of medical equipment for the most vulnerable populations, raising the amount of aid to 6.9 million euros in...