19 April 2021
Skopje – After 841 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, a total of 135 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the country, according to the Public Health Institute on Monday.
Skopje – North Macedonia and Serbia and their people have traditionally good relations and politicians should follow and foster this treasure. Bilateral economic relations are excellent, reaffirmed during the pandemic, when Serbia was the first country to provide vaccines. We extremely value this act of solidarity, says Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj in an interview with Serbian daily Politika.
Skopje – The Ministry of Health said Monday that a total of 1,663 COVID-19 patients are being treated in hospitals in North Macedonia.
Skopje – The current COVID 19-related restrictions and the 8 pm-5 am curfew, which were enforced on April 6 and set to end tomorrow, will be extended by a week, MIA learned from the Commission for Infectious Diseases on Monday.
Skopje – The United States Embassy welcomed Monday the Parliament’s adoption of the 2021-2025 National Strategy for Preventing Corruption and Conflict of Interest.
Skopje – The VMRO-DPMNE parliamentary group announced it will press charges on Tuesday to the Public Prosecutor’s Office following yesterday’s events in Parliament where it was allowed two lawmakers to attend a session wearing hazmat suits and to vote in favor of laws despite having tested positive for coronavirus.
Skopje – Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi held Monday a news conference in a bid to explain the circumstances surrounding Sunday’s two sessions in Parliament, which were attended by two lawmakers wearing hazmat suits because they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Skopje – The results of a poll conducted by the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation (MCIC) on the level of citizens’ trust in the government and local elections show that 42% of nationals trust the government, compared to the 56.5% who don’t. Of the respondents with favorable views of the government, 61.8% were ethnic Albanians and representatives of the smaller communities (51.5%) while 33.9% ethnic Macedonians.
Skopje – President Stevo Pendarovski visited the Krivolak army field on Monday, over ongoing activities of members of the North Macedonia’s Army and the US Army’s 15th Engineer Battalion for the upcoming Decisive Strike – 21 military exercise.
Skopje – The Skopje Criminal Court ordered precautionary measures for two suspects as part of an investigation into the procurement of traffic control software.
Skopje – Minister of Health Venko Filipche held on Monday a meeting with the Head of the Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric, H.H. Stefan and the Head of the Islamic Religious Community, Reis-ul-Ulema h.hfz. Shaqir ef. Fetahu, during which they discussed the current COVID-19 situation in North Macedonia and the risks of group gatherings during the upcoming religious holidays.
Tirana – Albania is introducing a two-week quarantine for travelers from North Macedonia and Greece starting April 20.
Athens – Greece deems it’s important the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries to remain on the table in the European Union, a Foreign Ministry spokesman told a press briefing on Monday.
Washington – NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has completed a flight on Mars, becoming the first manmade craft to take to the sky on another planet, the US space agency said on Monday.