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Skiers, parties and nightlife blamed for Serbia’s soaring Covid rate as health expert calls for immediate lockdown
Serbias health system is at a tipping point amid an overwhelming rise in Covid-19 infections, the nations medical experts warned Tuesday, urging the government to impose an immediate lockdown and state of emergency.
Speaking on RTS television, Serbia’s chief epidemiologist Predrag Kon said that the Crisis Staff advisory body has called for an immediate lockdown to avert a collapse of the health system. Only pharmacies, food stores and petrol stations should remain open, he said, adding there was “no alternative” but to impose a state of emergency.
“The proposal is that unprotected contacts must be banned, otherwise we will break like a rattle and only then will it be clear what that means when the health system breaks,” Kon said.
Daily cases have been rising sharply in the nation of 8.7 million, and health officials blame a recent surge on Serbs mingling at parties and nightclubs, as well as at the ski resorts which have stayed open all winter. Authorities have reported more than 3,000 new cases daily over the past week and more than 4,000 are currently hospitalized with the virus.