The Serbian authorities introduced a state of emergency in Belgrade and restored some restrictions that are expected to slow down the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after the number of infections in the Serbian capital began to increase.
City residents were ordered to wear masks in public places under the roof and in public transport, the opening hours of cafes and clubs were reduced, and the number of people who could participate in public gatherings was reduced to 100 under the roof and 500 in the open.
The state of emergency in the city began to apply immediately. Serbian President Alexandar Vucc announced the return of restrictions in a televised speech.
Local authorities in central and western Serbia had already introduced emergency states in some cities, where an increase in COVID-19 was observed.
The number of coronavirus infections in Serbia has been increasing since May, when the government abolished the nationwide quarantine. Football matches with supporters, religious ceremonies were organized in Serbia, and elections were held. All this would lead to an increase in the number of infections.
COVID-19 fell ill in Serbia, among others chairman of the outgoing parliament and defense minister. They participated in public events that were an opportunity to celebrate the victory of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party.
On Thursday, 359 new coronavirus infections were found in Serbia with 7.2 million inhabitants. Altogether, 15195 infections have been detected in this country so far. 287 people died in COVID-19 in Serbia.