Albania Won’t Go Back into Lockdown Independently of Covid-19 Cases 

The Albanian government will not bring back curfew or lockdown measures despite the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

Prime Minister Edi Rama stated on Friday that the government is doing its best to keep the situation under control, and that going back to lockdown would hurt everyone.

He added that lockdown orders would not be enough as the police and military cannot check the behaviour of each citizen.

Rama urged everyone to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, and thus minimize the risk for all the population.

The lockdown from March to June was needed to prepare for what would come next, Rama said, and now Albania is prepared to face the situation.

The country has reported 85 deaths and 3278 total cases, of which 1875 remain active.

It was among the six European countries with the highest infection rate in the second half of June.

 The European Union has banned Albanian citizens from freely travelling to any of the member countries due to the high number of Covid-19 cases.

Germany warned its citizens that they will need to quarantine for two weeks if they return from Albania.

Albania has the lowest number of tests per 1 million inhabitants in Europe, according to Worldometers, only 9,542 tests, followed by Ukraine with almost double that number.