Quarantine in Albania

Update here in Albania, the status in the major cities are still red zones with strict curfew hours for pedestrian movements. Saturday and Sunday pedestrian movements were restricted entirely as an attempt to flatten the curve. According to a recent news release, this is where we, Albania, stands.

"Thirteen new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours in Albania, bringing the total number of infected people to 89. Eight of the patients who tested positive live in Tirana, one in Kavaja, one in Durres, and three in Korca. All of the patients had been in contact with other infected people.

So far, tests have been conducted on 804 people. Out of the total of 43 hospitalized patients, four are in intensive care, though none require ventilator machines for the moment. The rest of the patients remain in stable condition.

According to the Ministry of Health, 59 percent of the infected patients are men, and 41 percent are women, while the average age of those infected is 48, and for those hospitalized is 54.

The Ministry of Health also announced that three patients who tested positive for the coronavirus in Albania are now cured. However, they will have to be quarantined at home for 14 days.

Currently, there are 63 cases in Tirana, eight in Fier, six in Durres, two in Lushnja, two in Elbasan, two in Rrogozhina, three in Korca, and three in Kavaja."

We are located in the far northern district of the country and have no known positive cases in our region to date. So we acknowledge the efforts the local and national governments are taking seem extreme to some, but it is saving lives by prevention of spreading to the rural regions of the country, which are predominantly populated by people over the age of 60.

Art and I have taken this time to work on the list of projects we made during the winter months.

A new trellis made to support a thick section of vines, and the start of a carport structure to provide shade for the car during our sunshine fueled summers.

Additional tree grafting in and around the garden. What is grafting? Grafting and budding are horticultural techniques used to join parts from two or more plants so that they appear to grow as a single plant. In grafting, the upper part (scion) of one plant grows on the root system (rootstock) of another plant. In the budding process, a bud is taken from one plant and grown on another.

We have several wild trees and domestic trees. We are trying different combinations. We plan to do a how-to tutorial later this spring after we can show the outcome of a few that were successfully grafted. One combo is quince with a pear. Time will tell if it takes. We are also attempting to graft some wild figs, pear, and plum trees on the hill behind the house.

We are still fundraising support for the local library. The donated books were shipped mid March from the US to Albania. If you like to find out more please checkout our page: https://www.homesteadalbania.com/stockthelibrary

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