Kosovo PM tests positive for COVID-19

Kosovo PM tests positive for COVID-19

Kosovo prime minister Avdullah Hoti said late Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would self-isolate for the next two weeks.

‘Today I have tested positive for COVID-19,’ Hoti wrote on his Facebook account.

The prime minister said he had started 14 days of self-isolation, during which he would perform his duties from home.

‘I have no signs of the disease, except a very mild cough,’ said Hoti, who took over as prime minister in early June.

Like the rest of the Balkans region, Kosovo has reported a surge of coronavirus infections since June. It is one of the poorest countries in Europe with the most fragile medical infrastructure.

The nation of 1.8 million people has so far registered some 249 deaths and nearly 9,000 infections.

The head of Kosovo’s health sector unions Blerim Syle warned earlier this month that the country could become the Wuhan of the Balkans— a reference to the Chinese region hit hardest by the virus.

Late in June, Bosnia’s 53-year-old minister for veterans affairs, Salko Bukvarevic, died after contracting novel coronavirus.-AFP