Brnabić on COVID-19 data: “The figures are not entirely accurate, the system is bad and we will improve it”

The Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, said at yesterday’s press conference that over the last four days, there has been a significant trend towards a reduction in the number of infected and sick people and added that the government crisis unit will probably meet today and that they will most likely decide that wearing protective masks will be a mandatory measure in the entire country.

“On top of that, I consider it positive that the ban on public gatherings will remain in force throughout Serbia for the next two weeks, including Belgrade. I don’t think we need parties and weddings now, let alone protests,” Brnabic added.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that new medical ventilators were also sent to Valjevo, Smederevska Palanka, Požarevac, Užice and some places in Vojvodina.

She also said that she would continue to consider new restrictive measures.

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Speaking about the reliability of the data on the number of newly infected and deceased persons, she noted that the figures are not entirely accurate because the system of recording these data was done in a hurry and at the last minute.

“When we started fighting the coronavirus, we had no system. We created an ad hoc system, which is bad and rightly criticized. We hired 50 people in hospitals to record the data, but that’s not the way to go. We are trying to create a system of electronic cards now from which you extract data from the health information system. This system is yet not in place, but I hope it will become operational soon,” the PM said.

“We have no reason to lie about this,” he added.

When asked whether there is a possibility to allow private laboratories to perform PCR tests, Brnabić replied that she is not sure that the capabilities are there, but she offered them such a possibility.

(Nedeljnik, 13.07.2020)



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