BELGRADE, Serbia

Number of confirmed cases of new coronavirus in Western Balkan countries continues to rise.

Nearly 500 people in the region have tested positive for the virus, with three reported deaths, one in Albania and two in Bulgaria.

All countries in the region declared a “high epidemic risk” and introduced new measures in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the virus known as COVID-19.

Some countries banned large gatherings and imposed travel restrictions.

Serbia on Sunday declared a state of emergency to stem the spread of the virus in the country.

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