Belgrade declares state of emergency

A state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on 3 July, Belgrade mayor Zoran Radojičić announced, though he added that the current epidemiological state of the pandemic did not call for closing the city.

After it was announced that student dormitories would be closed, students protested on 2 July and later assembled in front of the Serbian parliament.

In response, Education, Science and Technological Development Minister, Mladen Šarčević, said on Friday (3 July) that students would be able to stay in student housing. 

The same day, epidemiologist Predrag Kon said that “the activity of the coronavirus in Belgrade is at its highest point since the outbreak of the epidemic.”

“The intensity of the virus is greatest in Belgrade. The activity was never this high, which is shown directly by test results in COVID-19 outpatient facilities,” Kon told Pink TV.

Meanwhile, President Aleksandar Vučić announced late on Friday that no more than 100 people would be able to assemble indoors in Belgrade, and no more than 500 outdoors, noting that fines would be handed out to those not wearing facemasks on public transport or in indoor spaces.

(EURACTIV.rs  betabriefing.com)

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