Serbian health expert: COVID passes should be required around the clock

Only a massive vaccination rollout and COVID passes required 24 hours a day could curb and alleviate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. [Shutterstock / Haris Mm]

Only a massive vaccination rollout and COVID passes required 24 hours a day could curb and alleviate the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, Colonel Ivo Udovičić, head of the Karaburma military hospital in Belgrade, said on Monday.

The Karaburma military hospital has recorded a mild increase in the number of hospitalisations, Dr Udovičić told the BETA News Agency, adding that 30,000 new infections had been reported in Serbia in the first nine days of the year.

The doctor also said that 62 infected people are currently being treated at his hospital. “We expect more admissions this week, but we hope the numbers will not be too high because we already have 12 technicians and two doctors on sick leave due to the virus,” Dr Udovičić explained.

According to the hospital chief, “a mix” of viruses, including the Delta and Omicron variants, as well as Influenza viruses, are currently in circulation. When asked by BETA if the COVID-19 Crisis Headquarters should decide that green passes are to be required around the clock, Udovičić said vaccination was the only effective means to curb the spread of the virus.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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