Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia on Thursday confirmed the first cases of the new coronavirus in the countries.

One of the two entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska’s Health Minister Alen Seranic reported at a press conference that a person residing in the city of Banja Luka was infected with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19.

Health care institutions in the country are urging citizens to not panic.

“We have the first reported case of a virus corona. This is a middle-aged person, an employee in Italy who returned from Italy late last month,” Seranic said.


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