Albania’s COVID-19 response exposes healthcare system weaknesses

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    Albania says it has achieved herd immunity through infections, cutting coronavirus transmission dramatically.

    Nevertheless, it has come at a terrible cost for under-resourced and overwhelmed hospitals.

    Officially, fewer than 2,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Albania but the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates the figure at nearly 16,000, because that is how many more people died there in the past nine months than would normally have died in the same period.

    Al Jazeera’s John Psaropoulos reports from the capital, Tirana.

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    Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a country in Southeast Europe on the Adriatic and Ionian Sea within the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, North Macedonia to the east, Greece to the south and maritime borders with Greece, Montenegro and Italy to the west. It is regarded as being within the Balkan region.

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