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21 Nov 2020 | 11:54 AM UTC

Serbia: Authorities to tighten COVID-19 restrictions from November 24 /update 18

Authorities to tighten domestic COVID-19 restrictions from November 24; abide by government directives

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Event

Serbian authorities announced on Saturday, November 21, that several restrictions previously implemented in an effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be tightened from Tuesday, November 24. Under the new restrictions bars, restaurants, shopping malls and cafes will be required to close at 18:00 (local time). Face masks will remain mandatory in all enclosed public spaces and on public transportation. Public gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited. Public transport will only be permitted to operate at a 50 percent capacity and individuals are required to work from home where possible. The tightening of restrictions will be in place for 10 days, until December 4.

As of Saturday, November 21, there have been 110,351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Serbia with 1140 associated fatalities. The further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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