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02 Jul 2020 | 12:04 PM UTC

Kosovo: Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions as of July 1 /update 5

Kosovo News Alert

Kosovo authorities reopen some land borders amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions as of July 1; abide by government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/16/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Tirane). COUNTRY/REGION Kosovo

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Event

Authorities announced the reopening of some of Kosovo's land borders on Wednesday, July 1, amid the further easing of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. All crossings into Albania, the Kulla crossing into Montenegro, the Hani I Elzit crossing into North Macedonia and the Merdarë/Merdare, Dheu I Bardhë/Bela Zemlja, and Jarinjë/Jarinje crossing points into Serbia have all been reopened as of July 1. However, restrictions on entry into neighboring countries may apply.

The announcement follows the reopening of airports in Kosovo on June 28 and the resumption of limited international flights. All travelers entering the country are recommended to have evidence of a negative RT-PCR test, that is no older than four days.

As of Thursday, July 2, health authorities have confirmed 2991 COVID-19 cases with 54 associated deaths in the country. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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