On Friday, 24 July, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control updated data on the number of infections in countries, data that serve as a recommendation for opening borders. However, an analysis of the data shows a growing trend in cases of daily infections.
Therefore, with reference to the number of infections, the average of the last 14 days in the 27 member states of the European Union was 16 infected per 100 thousand inhabitants. Two weeks ago, on July 15, this average was 13 infected / 100 inhabitants.
The average has increased significantly for Balkan countries from 73 to 85 cases in the past two weeks. The most worrying upward trend is that in Montenegro of 123 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in 162 cases.
- Albania 44 (+5) / 100 thousand inhabitants
- Serbia 77 (+14) / 100 thousand inhabitants
- Bosnia and Herzegovina 96 (+24) / 100 thousand inhabitants
- North Macedonia 100 (+6) / 100 thousand inhabitants
- Kosovo 132 (+8) / 100 thousand inhabitants
- Montenegro 162 (+39) / 100 thousand inhabitants
With this average, the EU will continue to keep its borders closed to the Western Balkan countries.
Brussels recommended that the opening of the borders should take place according to a rule according to which if the countries report an average lower than that of the EU in the last 14 days, the opening of the borders can be recommended.
In terms of EU countries, Luxembourg is the one with the highest average per 100 inhabitants (206 cases) while Malta and Estonia have the lowest average (1 case).
The list of countries that can pass through EU countries is updated every 14 days. Two weeks there had been an increase in cases in Serbia and Montenegro therefore the EU had decided to exclude these two countries from the list.
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