Monthly Archives: May 2020

Government Annuls Multiple Restrictive Measures, Including Curfew

On the basis of the Infectious Diseases Committee’s recommendations, the Government has annulled multiple restrictive measures. After the Government’s session on Tuesday, caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski and Health Minister Venko Filipce were part of a press-conference at which they discussed the decisions made at the session and other aspects related to the COVID-19 situation. Starting from Wednesday, the curfew will ...

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Spasovski: Assessment about Need for Third State of Emergency by Week’s End

Caretaker PM Oliver Spasovski has said an assessment will be made by the end of the week to see whether a third state of emergency is needed. As he explained during Tuesday’s visit to Stip, if necessary, the state of emergency will be extended. “At this time, we have no decision on that,” Spasovski pointed out. Asked about the possibility ...

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Health Ministry: 16 new COVID-19 Cases, 14 Cured Patients and Three Deaths

“Over the past 24 hours, 16 new COVID-19 cases have been registered,” the Public Health Institute said on Tuesday. It was added that the same period had seen 14 new cured patients and three new deaths. 314 tests were taken in the 24-hour span. There are currently 445 active cases in Macedonia. Health Minister Venko Filipce said the same day ...

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Deal to Hold Elections in July Reportedly on Horizon

A deal to hold elections in July is on the horizon, TV reported on Tuesday. Parties don’t want to talk about the exact date, but based on the statements, that could be the compromise. VMRO-DPMNE confirms it is communicating with other parties, but adds it is ungrateful to talk about a date. When it comes to the legal dilemmas about ...

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SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE Continue to Trade Accusations

According to SDSM, VMRO-DPMNE’s actions prove why elections and a new, political government are needed. Kostadin Kostadinov, spokesperson for the ruling party, said at a press-conference on Tuesday that caretaker Interior Minister Nakje Culev had considered defending the opposition party’s leader, Hristijan Mickoski, to be more important than protecting the health of citizens. SDSM believes that Mickoski is doing everything ...

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Road Conditions, 27.05.2020

Good driving conditions are reported throughout the country on predominantly dry roads. Certain roadways passing through valleys and canyons can be susceptible to light rockslides, such as Kocani – Makedonska Kamenica – Delcevo, Vinica – Berovo, Gostivar – Straza, Mavrovo – Debar – Struga, Demir Kapija – Udovo, Katlanovo – Veles, Krusevo – Demir Hisar, and Resen – Bukovo. Motorists ...

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Health Minister Filipce Express Concern over Markings of Eid al-Fitr

Despite the Government’s appeals, a huge number of Muslims headed to mosques to observe Eid al-Fitr on Sunday. Islamic Religious Community Head Sulejman Rexhepi, who was part of the ceremony in Skopje’s Mustafa Pasha Mosque, declared victory over the coronavirus. A big part of believers wore face masks in line with protection measures. After the prayer, Rexhepi, who’s 74, also ...

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Health Ministry Data on Coronavirus-related Cases over Three-day Weekend

“Over the past 24 hours, 21 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed,” the Public Health Institute said on Monday. It was added that the same period had seen 17 new cured patients. There are currently 447 active cases in Macedonia. The Health Ministry had informed also of cases in the previous three days, that is, Friday saw one new death, ...

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Divided Stands from SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE on Election Issue Continue

SDSM leader Zoran Zaev believes that it’s necessary for a solution to be found responsibly so that the elections are held before the start of summer, mostly due to the health of people. After Saturday’s meeting with MP candidates from the party, he said elections were a solution, not a problem. The former PM considers that an election process is ...

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Osmani: Draft Negotiating Framework Expected in June

Macedonia expects to receive the draft negotiating framework in June, while the annual report has been postponed for September, according to Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani. After 3 June, the draft will be considered in the frames of COELA, where national positions will be presented. As he added, there might be certain influence at the level of the ...

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