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COVID-19
In the
Balkans


Sofia, February 4 (BTA) - With the Omicron variant still causing a considerable number of new cases across the Balkans, the situation in some countries is stabilizing and consequently anti-epidemic measures are being eased slightly:

Albania
Registered 1,001 new infections and seven fatalities on Thursday. A total of 44.1 per cent of the population have received one vaccine dose, 40.8 per cent are fully vaccinated and 7.2 per cent have had a booster jab.

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Registered 1,918 new infections and 48 fatalities on Thursday. As at the end of January, 28.8 per cent of the population have been administered one vaccine dose and 25.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Greece
Registered 17,662 new infections and 106 deaths on Thursday. The test positivity rate stood at 6.37 per cent. Health Minister Thanasis Plevris said this week that Greece will require a booster dose as of February 7 to consider the recipient fully vaccinated. A total of 72.5 per cent of the population has received at least one dose, 68.3 per cent have two and 45.5 per cent have had booster jabs.

Cyprus
Announced a slight easing of the COVID-19 restrictions. The government has decided to introduced the so-called "test to stay" measure in the National Guard too. This measure requires that those who have been in contact with persons with proved COVID-19 infection may return to work after taking a test.

A total of 56.7 per cent of the population has had one vaccine dose, 52.7 per cent are fully vaccinated and 33.9 per cent have had booster jabs.

Kosovo
Registered 2,590 new infections on Thursday and six fatalities. A total of 47.8 per cent of the population are vaccinated with one dose and 43 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Romania
Confirmed 32,671 new infections and a test positivity rate of 19.32 per cent. 111 fatalities were reported. The authorities have decided to extend the state of emergency by another 30 days as of February 7. A total of 50.43 per cent of the adult population is vaccinated and nearly 45 per cent of the people above the age of 5.

North Macedonia
Registered 1,715 new infections, 24 fatalities and 2,057 recovered on Thursday. Health Minister Bekim Sali said this week that new anti-epidemic measures are not planned but lifting the requirement for certificates to visit cafes and restaurants is not under consideration.

Slovenia
Registered 16,654 new infections after 8,602 PCR and 120,515 rapid antigen tests. Rapid antigen tests are considered sufficient evidence of COVID-19 infection as of February 1. To date, 60.1 per cent of the population have been administered at least one dose, 57.7 per cent are fully vaccinated and 28.4 per cent have had a booster jab.

Serbia
Registered 15,623 new infections and 59 fatalities on Thursday. A total of 48.3 per cent of the population are vaccinated with at least one dose, 47 per cent are fully vaccinated and 26.5 per cent have had booster jabs.

Turkey
Registered 107,530 new infections after 455,463 tests on Thursday, as well as 233 fatalities and 88,014 recovered. A total of 142.5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country since the beginning of the campaign: 68.1 per cent of the population has received at least one dose, 62.2 per cent are fully vaccinated and 38.5 per cent have had a booster jab.

Croatia
Registered a total of 13,186 new infections and 42 fatalities from or with the virus. Five cases of the BA.2 Omicron subvariant were confirmed at the beginning of the outgoing week. To date, 56.7 per cent of the population have received at least one vaccine dose, 54.5 per cent are fully vaccinated and 14.7 per cent have had a booster jab.

Montenegro
Thursday saw the easing of anti-epidemic measures, lifting the requirement for a COVID-19 certificate for access to shopping centres and sports events. The decision is valid until March 18. The country registered 617 new infections and 14 fatalities on Thursday. A total of 46.2 per cent of the population have received at least one vaccine dose, 44.7 per cent are fully vaccinated and nearly 15 per cent have had booster jabs./DS/BR/LN///



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