Serbia announces new nationwide restrictions

A movement ban will be introduced if necessary even if the government is not in favour of such a measure, added Brnabić. [Shutterstock/BalkansCat]

Shops, restaurants, night clubs and cafes in Serbia will have to close at 9pm as of Tuesday, while only pharmacies, gas stations, food delivery services and night shift employees will be allowed to work between 9pm and 5am, the government decided on Sunday in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“The restrictions will be in place for 15 days, until 1 December, when the government will decide whether to extend or tighten them,” explained Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, noting that her cabinet based its decision on the advice of medical professionals.  

A movement ban will be introduced if necessary even if the government is not in favour of such a measure,  added Brnabić. “We are not considering it at this point, as estimates say that the new restrictions will give results and help the numbers drop,” said the Serbian PM.

Of the 11,527 tested within the past 24 hours as of Sunday, 3,482 tested positive for the virus,  according to official figures released on Sunday, compared to the 84,568 confirmed cases recorded since the start of the pandemic in Serbia. Meanwhile, after recording another 20 COVID-19-related deaths on Sunday, the total death toll stands at 1,009. (EURACTIV.rs  betabriefing.com)

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