On the day that Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), warned that the coronavirus pandemic is “picking up pace” and the government crisis unit in Serbia introduced new measures, tennis player Novak Djokovic revealed that he also tested positive.
In the last 24 hours in Serbia, another person has died from the virus, while another 102 people have been infected. The total number of deaths is now 263.
“We were tested immediately after we arrived in Belgrade. The result is that both I and my wife Jelena are positive. Our children tested negative,” said Djokovic yesterday.
At today’s meeting of the government crisis unit, it was decided to ban hospital visits until further notice, to introduce the mandatory use of masks in public transport, and it was recommended to wear masks in all enclosed spaces.
In the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia, new seven-day restrictive measures were introduced in a district where some 360,000 people live.
After the Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov tested positive, the Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki also confirmed that he was infected with the virus.
More than 9,150,000 cases of coronavirus have been registered worldwide and 473,000 people have died so far, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
What’s going on in Serbia?
A total of 13,092 cases have been recorded in Serbia. Currently, 19 people are put on ventilators and 351,285 people have been tested since the beginning of the pandemic.
After announcing that he tested positive, the Serbian tennis player has been criticized by the public for organizing two tennis tournaments with great turnout in Belgrade and Zadar despite the pandemic.
The clinical and hospital centre in Bežanijska Kosa in Belgrade will have a status a COVID facility and hospital visits will be prohibited until further notice. A distance of at least one and a half metres is recommended outdoors, while all restrictions for indoor gatherings that have been in place so far remain so.
Epidemiologist Branislav Tiodorović said that although the number of infected people has jumped, there is no justification for reintroducing the state of emergency.
Commenting on the accusations that the waiting time for test results is seven days, Tiodorović said he was not aware of this: “The results arrive immediately, at the latest the next day. The PCR test takes a little more time, while when it comes to serological tests, the waiting time is much shorter,” said the epidemiologist.
The research network BIRN published an article stating that 632 patients died from the virus in Serbia from March 19 to June 1, 2020, which is 388 more than the officially announced number.
BIRN is asking for “detailed information on the data that are part of the official state information system COVID19”.
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