Serbia closes restaurants, bars and shops to fight virus surge

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Serbia will close down all nonessential shops, bars and restaurants during the weekend in attempt to fight coronavirus infections surge, AP reported. The crisis body said on Friday said the measures will take effect on Friday evening and last until Monday. Authorities will decide on Monday how to proceed. The decision is expected to be formally endorsed by the government later Friday.

Serbia has recorded more than 4,000 new infections daily in the past week as doctors have warned that hospitals are rapidly filling up and that medical staff are exhausted after a year of the pandemic.

Senior health official Zoran Gojkovic says the government hopes that it vaccination programme will also get infections under control in the coming weeks. He says new measures also include children in higher primary school grades switching to remote classes next week.

Serbia has vaccinated more than 1.5 million of its 7 million people with at least one shot from China’s Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Russia’s Sputnik V or AstraZeneca, which is among the highest rates of inoculations in Europe.

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