Monday, June 1, 2020

Montenegro May Be First COVID-Free Nation; Will Claim Honor June 2 Based on WHO Rules

Montenegro, a small Balkan country north of Greece with some 600,000 people, is claiming it is about to become the first coronavirus-free country in Europe, the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website reports today (June 1, 2020).

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic announced on May 25 that no continued cases were registered in the mountainous country on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. His announcement came a day after the last known coronavirus-infected patient had recovered.

Now, if no new cases are reported, Montenegro plans to declare itself coronavirus-free on June 2, in step with guidelines set out by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Technically, Montenegro would not be the first country to declare itself coronavirus-free. Slovenia did the same recently, only to later report fresh cases.

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