Over 13 thousand citizens of Kosovo crossed the border with Albania only yesterday to spend the weekend. The biggest reason for the influx towards Albania was the restrictive measures that were imposed in Kosovo. The National Center for Border Management has announced that the wait at the border is lasting up to over 30 minutes. The car columns are from 300 to 400 meters.
Citizens stated that they are going to the neighboring country as they can frequent cafes and restaurants, as in Kosovo they are closed. Kosovo Police has shown that by 17:30 according to official statistics 11 thousand 570 citizens have crossed the border. For those who want to cross the border with Albania or vice versa, there is currently no ned for tests or PCR.
Both in the direction to Kosovo and in the direction to Albania for the citizens of Kosovo there will be no need for tests or PCR", said the Ambassador of Albania in Kosovo, Qemal Minxhozi. Minxhozi also spoke about the agreements between the governments of Albania and Kosovo, which he said were a great impetus for the economy.
"The agreements from 2014 until today, with all the shortcomings they have had, have been a great impetus, especially in the field of economy,"said Minxhozi.
The Government of Kosovo from April 7 has started implementing new measures for protection against COVID-19. These measures have been taken after numerous positive cases and deaths due to coronavirus infection. Some of the main measures are the curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 and the closure of restaurants for 11 days, so for the period 7-18 April only take-away services are allowed. Also public and private pre-university institutions will go online from 12 to 18 April, while university ones from 7 to 18 April.
Albania in recent weeks has had a drastic fall of deaths, while in Kosovo they have increased significantly.