14 August 2020
Nominal Values: €0.30, €0.90, €1
Size of Stamp (mm): 43 x 31mm
Sheet mint: 6 ps
Paper: 102 gsm
Printing House: G.E. “Biendi”
Postage stamp designer: Hyrije Ademi
First Day Postmark: Prishtinë
Launching Date: 14.08.2020
Post of Kosovo Philately, on August 14, 2020, launches the new edition of postage stamps, “Care, Covid-19”. This postage stamp edition aims to support public health safeguards in preventing the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Kosovo, like the rest of the world is facing a new reality, created by the introduction of Covid-19, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, where economic and social changes will be inevitable.
The images of the three postage stamps convey three messages of vital importance such as Kosovo’s efforts to protect against the spread of the pandemic by wearing a mask, physical distance, and personal hygiene by taking care of personal and collective health, until the eradication of the virus.
Kosovo Post Philately, in the future will continue to support all initiatives, for the benefit of citizens and our country, as well as to cultivate the sense of love for humanity.
On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019.
Unlike SARS of 2003, the case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.
On 13 March, the first two cases in Kosovo were confirmed, a 77-year-old man from Vitina and an Italian woman in her early 20s, who worked in Klina with Caritas Kosova. The Government of Kosovo decided to quarantine and block the entrances and exits of these two cities.
On 14 March, the third case was confirmed, a family member of the 77-year-old from Vitina tested positive for coronavirus. On the same day, two other new cases were confirmed, a 42-year-old man from Vitia and a 37-year-old woman from Mališevo. After the first case emerged in Mališevo, the Prime Minister Albin Kurti decided to quarantine the municipality.
On 15 March, four new cases of coronavirus are confirmed, three from Mališevo and one from the village Dumnica of Podujevo. After the new cases emerged, the Ministry of Health requested that the Government of Kosovo declare a state of public health emergency.
On 18 March, the interior minister, Agim Veliu was sacked due to his support for declaring a state of emergency to handle the pandemic which would have given power to the Kosovo Security Council chaired by President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi. On the night of 25 March, the Kurti cabinet was overthrown by a no-confidence motion initiated in assembly by the ruling partner.
On 18 September, four new death cases with coronavirus were confirmed, bringing the total to 611. 57 new positive cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 14,939. 137 recoveries were confirmed, bringing the total to 12,325.
At the time of writing on 19 September 2020, the COVID-19 statistics for Kosovo are as follow:
Confirmed cases 15,002 (+63)
Active cases 1,937 (-65)
Hospitalized cases 362 (-8)
Ventilator cases 6 (-7)
Recovered 12,451 (+126)
Deaths 614 (+3)
Fatality rate 4.09%
As of 19 September 2020, a total of 61,547 people have been tested in Kosovo for COVID-19.