COVID-19 pandemic in Albania

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COVID-19 pandemic in Albania
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COVID-19 pandemic Albania.svg
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationAlbania
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China via Italy
Index caseTirana
Arrival date8 March 2020
(1 year, 3 months, 1 week and 1 day)
Confirmed cases10,860
Active cases4,190
Hospitalized cases188
Ventilator cases20
Recovered6,346
Deaths
324
Fatality rate2.98%
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Albania on 8 March 2020, a father and son who had travelled from Florence, Italy.[1]

As of 10 September 2020, there are 10,860 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albania.[2]

Cases[change | change source]

After the first case was reported on 8 March, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection stated that a total of 65 people had been tested for COVID-19, 2 of whom were positive the following day.[3]

On 10 March, President Ilir Meta called for retired Albanian doctors to re-enter the work force.[4] Later that day, it was discovered that a Maryland woman had contracted novel coronavirus after visiting Albania, as well as spending time in a Turkish airport.[5]

The first death was also reported, an elderly woman in Durrës on 12 March.[6]

Response[change | change source]

On 12 March, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared a "war" on COVID-19.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ministria e Shëndetësisë dhe Mbrojtjes Sociale". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  2. "COVID-19/ Ministria e Shëndetësisë: Në 24 orët e fundit, 4 raste të reja në Tiranë dhe Berat". www.shendetesia.gov.al (in Albanian). 13 May 2020.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Informacion i përditësuar për Koronavirusin COVID_19". www.shendetesia.gov.al (in Albanian). 9 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. "President Calls for Retired Doctors' Involvement in Fighting Coronavirus". Albanian Daily News. March 10, 2020.
  5. "Maryland woman who contracted novel coronavirus visited Albania, not Turkey, embassy says". Baltimore Sun. March 10, 2020.
  6. "Informacion i përditësuar për Koronavirusin COVID_19". www.shendetesia.gov.al (in Albanian). 11 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  7. Gjergj Erebara (March 12, 2020). "Albania Announces New "War" Measures Against Coronavirus". Balkan Insight.