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COVID-19 pandemic in Albania

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COVID-19 pandemic in Albania
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseTirana
Arrival date8 March 2020
(4 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases334,863[1]
Fatality rate1.08%
  • 1,348,396[1] (total vaccinated)
  • 1,277,987[1] (fully vaccinated)
  • 3,080,679[1] (doses administered)
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.[2]

As of 10 September 2020, there are 10,860 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Albania.[3]

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.[4]

On 10 March, President Ilir Meta called for retired Albanian doctors to re-enter the work force.[5] 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.[6]

The first death was also reported, an elderly woman in Durrës on 12 March.[7]

Response[change | change source]

On 12 March, Prime Minister Edi Rama declared a "war" on COVID-19.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Ritchie, Hannah; Mathieu, Edouard; Rodés-Guirao, Lucas; Appel, Cameron; Giattino, Charlie; Ortiz-Ospina, Esteban; Hasell, Joe; Macdonald, Bobbie; Beltekian, Diana; Dattani, Saloni; Roser, Max (2020–2023). "Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19)". Our World in Data. Retrieved 2024-04-30.
  2. "Ministria e Shëndetësisë dhe Mbrojtjes Sociale". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  3. "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]
  4. "Informacion i përditësuar për Koronavirusin COVID_19". www.shendetesia.gov.al (in Albanian). 9 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. "President Calls for Retired Doctors' Involvement in Fighting Coronavirus". Albanian Daily News. March 10, 2020.
  6. "Maryland woman who contracted novel coronavirus visited Albania, not Turkey, embassy says". Baltimore Sun. March 10, 2020. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  7. "Informacion i përditësuar për Koronavirusin COVID_19". www.shendetesia.gov.al (in Albanian). 11 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. Gjergj Erebara (March 12, 2020). "Albania Announces New "War" Measures Against Coronavirus". Balkan Insight.