TIRANA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Albanian Armed Forces have come to the aid of over 322,000 families in need across the country through the humanitarian operation the government has launched since the coronavirus outbreak, Minister of Defense Olta Xhacka told lawmakers during a plenary session of the parliament on Thursday.
The Armed Forces have distributed food and other necessities to families in need and to the families affected by the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that hit the country in November 2019.
Xhacka expressed her gratitude to the Armed Forces staff and to all those who have joined the humanitarian mission including the municipalities' employees, social and postal services and to hundreds of volunteers.
During the past five weeks, a total of 24,720 armed troops have been deployed in all major cities of the country to patrol, monitor and enforce coronavirus curfews imposed by the government in an effort to prevent the virus spread.
Twenty-nine new coronavirus cases were reported by health authorities on Thursday, of which 13 belong to a penitentiary institution in the capital city of Tirana.
To date, the total number of confirmed cases in Albania has reached 663, with 385 recoveries and 27 fatalities. Enditem