MIA Flash

MIA FLASH

9 August 2021

9 August 2021

Skopje — North Macedonia is seeing a sharp uptick of Covid-19 cases, which has brought the death toll to 5,507 and the current number of active coronavirus infections to 1,994, according to latest available official figures.

Skopje – A 60-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing arson in a village in Debar region, western North Macedonia.

Skopje – The Ministry of Health (MoH) said Monday there are about 30 detected Delta variant cases in the country, with a probability of its spreading as in countries across the globe.

Skopje — Wildfires are still burning near Pehchevo, Skopje’s Saraj, Petrovec, Staro Nagorichane, Prilep, Shtip, and Bitola. The fires near Delchevo and surrounding the villages of Dren and Smolane near Prilep have been put under control, according to the Crisis Management Center on Monday morning.

Skopje – Hot weather and scorching temperatures exceeding 40C will continue in the coming days, says the National Hydrometeorological Service.

Skopje – ‘Open Balkan’ is complementary, not contrary to the European Union. It strengthens our European agenda, while all three countries remain committed to their EU accession requirements, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote in an article for Serbian daily ‘Politika’.

Skopje – As of Monday midnight, the prices of gasoline and diesel fuels are to decrease by Mden 1 per liter, while that of and extra light household fuel by Mden 1.5 per liter, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has said.

Skopje — Around 644 police officers, 222 motorcycle patrols, and 205 police vehicles — along with three special police units — were deployed across the country over the past 24 hours to help put out the fires and prevent new ones, according to the latest press release from the Ministry of Interior.

Skopje – The Crisis Management Centre (CMC) presented Monday the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) for emergency situations, which digitizes field data for the purpose of proper management of the wildfire situation by the HQ within CMC.

Skopje — The water levels of Sateska River near Botun, Treska near Makedonski Brod, Lepenec near Skopje, and Pchinja near Pelince and Katlanovska Banja are lower than their averages for August, according to the latest measurements by the National Hydrometeorological Service.

Skopje – Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi urged Monday citizens and especially hospitality facilities to observe protective measures and protocols as the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, otherwise face more restrictions.

Skopje – Companies from and in industrial zones that work with Macedonian suppliers will receive ten times greater financial assistance from the government, Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said on Monday during a press conference regarding the updated Law on Financial Support of Investments.

Canberra – The new Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia to Australia, Biljana Stefanovska-Sekovska, handed over Monday her credentials to the Governor-General of Australia, David Hurley.

Copenhagen — Climate activist Greta Thunberg is using her cover appearance on the first issue of Vogue Scandinavia to criticize fast fashion.

Geneva – An alarming report by a UN scientific panel called changes to the climate “unprecedented,” said it is “unequivocal” humans are to blame, and laid out the case for drastic cuts to emissions in order to hold the global temperature to under the limits set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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