Serbian PM: Covid passes to be used in hospitality

Brnabić said at a press conference that COVID certificates supported by a valid ID document with a photo would be required in hospitality establishments after 10 pm. [EPA-EFE / ANDREJ CUKIC]

COVID passes will be introduced in Serbia from Saturday in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said on Wednesday (20 October).

Brnabić said at a press conference that COVID certificates supported by a valid ID document with a photo would be required in hospitality establishments after 10 pm.

She said the government of Serbia on Thursday would pass an amendment to the COVID-19 Disease Prevention Ordinance to allow such controls.

Brnabić added that the COVID passes would be required for any celebration in an indoor venue, explaining that two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, a PCR, or an antigen test would be needed for a pass to be issued.

The prime minister said that about 2.94 million adults (54.6%) had received the first dose and 2.83 million (52.5%) the second until Wednesday. Over 792,000 people, or 15% of the adult population, have received a third dose.

58 people died from coronavirus in Serbia in the past 24 hours, and there were 7,745 newly infected, the ministry announced in its regular daily update.

There are 6,708 COVID-19 patients currently being treated in hospitals, 273 of them in ICU. 9,272 people have died in Serbia since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to official data.

Epidemiologist Zoran Radovanović said on Wednesday that the authorities in Serbia were “extremely late” with the introduction of COVID passes.

Radovanović told BETA that the organisation “United Against Covid” proposed the measure long ago, but the authorities rejected it. In his words, government officials were too concerned about the government’s approval ratings and took advice from marketing agencies.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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