March 18, 2020 / 5:16 PM / 12 days ago

North Macedonia declares state of emergency over coronavirus outbreak

SKOPJE, March 18 (Reuters) - North Macedonia has declared a state of emergency as it bids to halt the spread of coronavirus, President Stevo Pendarovski said on Wednesday after meeting top government and health officials in Skopje.

North Macedonia has already introduced an array of measures to curb the spread of the virus, including a ban on public gatherings and on entry to foreign nationals. It also closed most border crossings and postponed an April 12 general election.

So far, 35 people in the landlocked Balkan country have tested positive for the virus. (Reporting by Kole Casule, Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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