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Two months after the first case of COVID-19 was recorded in Croatia, the first nation in the Balkans to officially confirm the presence of the virus, there are now 20,000 infected inhabitants of ten Balkan nations.
This video shows the number of cases officially reported in the Balkans between February 24 and April 24, 2020:
(embed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB8HhRy16kM (/ embed)
The most striking thing about official statistics published by the World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University and the Worldometer is that more than a third of the confirmed cases come from Serbia, a country in the Balkans where the new pandemic had been ignored by the principle by a government that even mocked the matter.
Serbs criticized the government through social media, particularly because the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) regime had organized large public gatherings days before declaring a state of emergency on March 15. The activities were carried out in the framework of the parliamentary elections, initially scheduled for April 26, but which had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tens of thousands of SNS supporters crowded into the streets in melee to express their loyalty to party leader Aleksandar Vučić during a populist campaign seeking to demonstrate the people's support for the candidates on his list.
– Miki Marjanovic (@miki_marjanovic) April 4, 2020
Don't forget! March 2020. COVID-19 in Serbia.
Montenegro has the fewest COVID-19 cases: with only 319 cases.
Greece and Croatia have more than 2,000 cases, and Bosnia, Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Slovenia together have more than 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak began.
Kosovo and Albania reported about 650 cases each.