KoSSev portal records the highest number of visitors ever in 2020 – an overview of the most popular news pieces

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Last year was one of the most noteworthy years in the century so far. The coronavirus pandemic left a significant mark on 2020 for everyone, including the KoSSev portal. In addition to news on the pandemic, however, the topics of dialogue also caught the attention of our readers.

The strive for accurate information on pandemic updates was tracked on our website as well, and, thus, set a record in 2020 for the highest number of views since KoSSev was founded back in 2014.

We recorded as many as 16,232,002 views of all pages in 2020, which is more than a 50% increase compared to 2019. Over 1.3 million users visited our site.

The top 5 news articles on a monthly bases were related to coronavirus; these are specifically measures or news related to economic recovery packages, while the most read news piece in 2020 was about the lockdown. This was published in April, and it recorded 35,884 views.

March (Kosovo government introduced a curfew two times a day, Thaci and Haradinaj object), April (Vitia: From Wednesday, citizens will have the right to go outside for only 90 minutes), May (Emergency Team issues a recommendation to open the administrative crossing), November (Shops and restaurants to close from 8 pm tonight until Monday morning, 7 municipalities under quarantine) and December (Sign up for the withdrawal of 10% of savings from the Trust starts on Friday)

The crimes section also caught the attention of our readers. Therefore, the news related to several brawls which took place in North Mitrovica in the middle of the year, marked June (A brawl broke out on the promenade, police react, ambulance on the scene), August (Conflicting information on today’s brawl in Northern Mitrovica) and October (A 26-year-old woman from Srbica found after a seven day search).

The month of June was the dialogue season due to the talks resumption in Brussels.

“France and Germany: Vucic and Hoti agreed to normalize relations by reaching an agreement” – read the title of the most popular news piece at the time. The news, which recorded 32,212 views, was also the most read political news on our site in 2020.

The Washington dialogue marked the month of September. The agreement on economic normalization was signed in the presence of the US president, Donald Trump. The most popular news piece at the time was related to the most controversial part of the agreement for the Kosovo side – a feasibility study of „sharing Gazivode as a reliable source of water and energy supply“: “Koha: Point of the agreement on Gazivode Lake changed after Haradinaj’s threats to leave the coalition.”

February seemed to be the calmest month marked by the top read news: “Strong wind in KM: Firefighters on a terrace of a high-rise in the town center secure wobbly terrace wall.”

The five most popular news pieces of 2020 on the KoSSev portal:

  1. Vitia: From Wednesday, citizens will have the right to go outside for only 90 minutes
  2. France and Germany: Vucic and Hoti agreed to normalize relations by reaching an agreement
  3. Kosovo government: Unemployment Benefits – Registration Guide
  4. Shops and restaurants to close from 8 pm tonight to Monday morning, 7 municipalities under quarantine
  5. A brawl broke out on the promenade, police reacts, ambulance on the scene

The highest number of visitors of the KoSSev portal was recorded in April and March, with over 1.8 million views recorded in both.

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