- Title: Montenegro only European country without confirmed case of coronavirus
- Date: 13th March 2020
- Summary: KOTOR, MONTENEGRO (FILE - APRIL 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS MOUNTAINSIDE VIEWS OF KOTOR AND BAY OF KOTOR, MAJOR TOURIST DESTINATION CRUISE SHIP IN BAY OF KOTOR WALL OF MEDIEVAL PORT FORTRESS OF KOTOR VARIOUS OF GUIDE TALKING TO TOURISTS UNDERNEATH FORTRESS WALL TOURISTS LISTENING TO GUIDE TOURISTS WALKING THROUGH FORTRESS GATE PEOPLE SITTING IN RESTAURANT KOTOR MEDIEVAL INNER CITY CHAPEL AND PROTECTIVE WALL ON MOUNTAINSIDE NEW BUILDINGS IN BAY OF KOTOR CRUISE SHIP SAILING IN BAY OF KOTOR
- Keywords: Balkans COVID-19 Montenegro coronavirus only European country without case
- Reuters ID: LVA004C4VZ7LZ
- Location: PODGORICA AND KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
- City: PODGORICA AND KOTOR, MONTENEGRO
- Country: Montenegro
- Duration: 00:00:54
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: After Kosovo confirmed its first cases of coronavirus on Friday (March 13) neighbouring Montenegro is now the only country in Europe officially free of the virus.
Although some in the capital Podgorica said the lack of confirmed cases proved Montenegrins' resistance and there was not a great amount of concern in the country, others said they were taking precautions, adding they had seen people wearing masks and shoppers stockpiling food.
On Thursday (March 12) Serbian Orthodox believers taking part in one of a series of protests continued to kiss an icon in a Podgorica cathedral during a religious service.
Epidemiologist Senad Begic said Montenegro was actively screening for the virus and that the system was sensitive enough to quickly find and react to any cases.
According to Begic, Montenegro has so far tested 8.2 people for every 100,000 inhabitants, which he said made the small Balkan country "the regional leader" for performing tests.
Montenegro is barring all public gatherings, closing schools for at least two weeks, and closing border crossings with neighbouring countries to try to curb the spread of the disease, according to a statement from the country's health ministry on Friday.
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, which has staged mass protests against a hotly contested religion law for months, said it will temporarily halt weekly rallies throughout the country.
The former Yugoslav republic, which makes most of its budget revenues from tourism, also closed its ports and marinas for all incoming cruise ships and yachts.
(Production: Nikola Brajovic, Stevo Vasiljevic, Fedja Grulovic, Boki Babic, Lewis Macdonald)
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