Kosovo has reintroduced measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, following a rise in new cases during the last weeks.
As of Sunday, curfew hours will be in place between 22.00 and 5.00. People entering the country are now required to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR/antigen test in order to avoid 7 days of quarantine.
Public sector employees will be required the same after September 13, when schools open after a postponement of the date by two weeks. Those who are not vaccinated or have no negative virus test, won’t be allowed to work.
Minister of Health Arben Vitia hinted that mandatory vaccination may be required at a later stage for other groups.
Outdoor bars and restaurants will remain open until 9.30pm.
Kosovo registered 1,800 new cases on Saturday, 18 deaths and it has a total of 25,000 active cases.
Vitia promised that the government will vaccinate 60% of the population by the end of the year, an ambitious plan given that only 12% have been vaccinated so far.