# Balkans

A health employee wearing a protective jumpsuit disinfects a local tram in Zagreb as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus on March 13, 2020. - Since the novel coronavirus first emerged in late December 2019, more than 135,640 cases have been recorded in 122 countries and territories, killing 5,043 people, according to an AFP tally compiled on March 13, 2020 based on official sources. (Photo by Damir SENCAR / AFP)
A health employee wearing a protective j […]

EU vows virus help for Balkans and warns against China

The EU has vowed to support its Balkan neighbours against the coronavirus but warned them to be grateful for the help, after China's "mask diplomacy" made inroads in the region
A police car stops trucks waiting at the Giurgiu-Ruse border point between Romania and Bulgaria next to Giurgiu city March 25, 2020. Photo: Daniel Mihailescu / AFP
A police car stops trucks waiting at the […]

Danger, delays haunt truck drivers facing virus lockdown

"We're the only ones allowed to travel across Europe," says Florin Turcu, one of hundreds of truck drivers stuck at the Romania-Bulgaria border as pandemic restrictions mount