World on lockdown

As we sit amidst the throws of the Covid-19 pandemic and the bad news continues to spread, unprecedented occasions can be seen around the world. Every corner of the globe is affected. In a move that is estimated to cost $12bn, the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been postponed until 2021. That is just one of the many disruptions to life as we know it.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that, over the last 4 months, has escalated into a pandemic infecting more than 400,000 people in more than 190 counties and territories around the world. Governments scramble to lockdown their people in the hopes of ‘flattening the curve’, saving the public health service and keeping us safe.

The disease has already had catastrophic effects and just about changed every aspect of life as we have become accustomed. As people panic buy toilet paper and the lucky ones settle in to work from home for the foreseeable future it’s hard to believe that this is really happening.


At the time of writing (24th March 2020), Croatia has 362 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Not only this but Zagreb was badly damaged on Sunday 22nd March 2020 by the largest earthquake to hit Croatia in 140 years. From this weekend a curfew has been put in place banning residents from leaving their homes.


Updates from Serbia’s battle with coronavirus come just once a day, at 15:00. So far they have recorded 303 cases and 3 deaths. The Serbian army have transformed Belgrade Hall into a makeshift hospital containing 3000 beds for those testing positive.

The country declared a state of emergency and have restricted the movement of anyone over 65 years old in urban areas and 70 years old in rural parts. Also, a curfew from 17:00 until 05:00 has been enforced and public transportation has been halted.


Kosovo have reported 33 positive identifications of Coronavirus including 1 death. Kosovo has been placed on total lockdown with all air and land border crossings closed.

The Prime Minister Albin Kurti and President Hashim Thaci have clashed over the response to the virus and whether to impose a state of emergency. Currently movement is restricted between 10:00 – 16:00 and again between 20:00 – 06:00.


The total number of confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in Bosnia is currently at 126 of which 90 patients belong to the Republika Srpska and 36 in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Food rationing has been implemented to make sure no one goes without as Bosnia declared a state of emergency and nigh curfews preventing people over 65 from leaving their homes.

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