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DAILY BRIEF (23:00) State of emergency, day 63: Number of COVID-19 cases rise in Skopje and Tetovo, new courtroom in “Idrizovo” prison, tomorrow a decision on the curfew…

STATISTICS Of the total 40 new COVID-19 cases registered in the past 24 hours, 25 are from Skopje, and 10 from Tetovo. In the past five days alone, a total of 96 cases have been confirmed in these two cities, 72 in Skopje and 24 in Tetovo.

The Ministry of Health for MIA informs that according to the data from the Institute for Public Health, of the 26 new cases in Skopje, nine are from Aerodrom, six from Cair, four from Saraj, two each from Center and Butel and one each from Kisela Voda, Gazi Baba and Petrovec.

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Over the past 24 hours, 549 tests have been performed and 40 new COVID-19 cases have been registered.

– Skopje 26, Kumanovo 1, Prilep 1, Tetovo 10, Veles 1 and Bitola 1.

So far, a total of 22,316 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the country. Of the total number of tests performed in the past 24 hours, 209 tests are within the screening. Today, 1 kindergarten employee in Skopje tested positive.

The Institute for Public Health today registered 11 recovered patients.

– Skopje 2, Stip 1, Prilep 4, Veles 2 and Kocani 2.

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COOPERATION The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, today had a telephone conversation with Albin Kurti, acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo. During the conversation, at the request of the Kosovo side, announced the President’s Cabinet, Pendarovski and Kurti had exchanged views and information related to the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries, as well as about the current political situation in the region of the Western Balkans.

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JUSTICE The biggest courtroom in the country has been built, within the “Idrizovo” prison, with the support of the European Union as part of the IPA action program “Support to the Justice Sector”. This entire part of the prison covers an area of 1,000 m2 and has a capacity for around a total of 120 people.

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DECISION Tomorrow the government will decide on the weekend curfew. Consultations are being made, the recommendations have been respected until now, we are following the expert opinions. We will have to go with easing of the measures, but that means obeying the other non-restrictive measures. However, these measures are not being respected, face masks are not worn, distance is not maintained. If we want to have easing of the measures, then the recommendations must be respected.

This was stated today by the Minister of Information Society and Administration, Damjan Mancevski, at tonight’s guest appearance on TV 24, stressing that easing of the measures is directly proportional to compliance to the measures.

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ELECTIONS The parliamentary elections should be held by the end of June, more specifically, June 21, while their prolonging for fall would be a too high of a risk for the state, considers Minister of Information Society and Administration and SDSM Vice President Damjan Mancevski.

А. Petrovska

Translation: N. Cvetkovska

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