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Albania shuts schools after first virus cases

lights between Albania and northern Italy cancelled

09 March, 14:59
(ANSA-AFP) - TIRANA, 09 MAR - Albania will close schools and ban public gatherings for two weeks after doctors confirmed the first two cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday, the prime minister said. Edi Rama said all gatherings, including sports events, would be cancelled in a bid to contain the virus.

Flights between Albania and northern Italy -- Europe's main virus hotspot -- have also been cancelled until April 3, he said at an emergency cabinet meeting. The Albanian patients are a man who returned from Italy last month and his father, the health ministry said. "A 54-year-old man and his 28-year-old son who returned by car from Florence tested positive for COVID-19," a ministry statement said. The two men have been hospitalised in the capital Tirana and are in stable condition, it added.

(ANSA-AFP).

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