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Serbian authorities after protests banned to gather more than 10 people

Since July 10, a ban on events for more than 10 people comes into force in Belgrade. Cafes and shops will have to limit the admission of visitors and close no later than 21:00

The rally held in front of parliament on July 8, against the reintroduction of restrictions due to a pandemic
The rally held in front of parliament on July 8, against the reintroduction of restrictions due to a pandemic (Photo: Marko Djurica / Reuters)

In Belgrade, a group of more than ten people was forbidden to gather. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabich, informs the press service of the government.

The ban on indoor and outdoor events, in which more than ten people take part, is designed to impede the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19. Along with this, the anti-crisis headquarters for protecting public health decided to limit the working hours of catering establishments, shops and shopping centers in Belgrade - they should be closed from 21:00 to 6:00. The rest of the time, such establishments cannot accept more than one visitor for every 4 square meters. m of its area. This means that the restaurant with a hall of 80 square meters. m can not accept more than 20 people at a time.

Brnabić explained that these restrictions are not introduced simultaneously in all of Serbia, but in Belgrade, where the situation with the distribution of COVID-19 is most difficult. The Prime Minister also noted that Serbian President Alexander Vučić was right when he proposed a curfew in the capital, and that this measure would have had a positive effect. However, at this stage, according to Brnabich, it was decided to limit himself to a compromise measure that would reduce the number of infections and at the same time not so much hit the city’s economy.

Earlier, Serbian President Alexander Vučić announced that he would impose a curfew in Belgrade in connection with the worsening situation with coronavirus infection in the capital. He noted that he would like to introduce such a restrictive measure throughout Serbia, but would consult with the government and the crisis headquarters on this issue. The president also announced that since July 8, a ban has been introduced on the meeting of more than five people indoors and on the street due to the alarming epidemiological situation in Belgrade.

On the night of July 8, protests began in Belgrade after curfews were imposed. An action was taken in front of parliament against the reintroduction of restrictions due to a pandemic that grew into riots and clashes with the police. About 5 thousand people participated in the performances.

“The Government of the Republic of Serbia strongly condemns the riots that took place in Belgrade and some other cities of Serbia the previous two days, which cause huge material damage at a time when we, as a society, must unite in the fight against COVID-19,” It said in a statement published on July 9 at the website of the Cabinet.

The document emphasizes that the actions of the protesters "are definitely not responsible behavior," and the riots "will negatively affect the spread of coronavirus and the epidemiological situation."

In turn, Brnabic warned that in case of continued growth in the number of infections, the Serbian authorities could introduce a state of emergency where necessary.

According to the Ministry of Health of Serbia, over the past 24 hours, 266 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in the country (a day earlier - 357), while the total number of active cases exceeded 3.3 thousand. In total, more than 17 have been ill since the pandemic in Serbia COVID-19, 3 thousand people, of whom 352 died, including 11 - over the last day.

Goran Stefanovic, director of the KCS Infectious Diseases Clinic, warned that the capacity of hospitals in Belgrade to receive patients with COVID-19 is almost exhausted, so that patients are already being sent to other cities.

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