Long queues in Belgrade to test for COVID-19

In the last 24 hours, 351 new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in Serbia and 11 patients have died as a result of the infection. In the last 24 hours, 8,393 people have been tested while 169 patients are on ventilators.

Epidemiologist Darija Kisić Tepavčević stated that the reason why there were long queues, in the previous days, in front of the labs that carry out PCR tests was, among other things, more people wanting to test for personal reasons and not as a result of them having the symptoms of the coronavirus infection.

Long queues to take the test were seen in front of the Torlak Institute, and among people waiting in line many wanted to test at personal request, so that they could travel in peace.

When asked why there was congestion in processing the swab tests, Kisić Tepavčević said that the reason was the insufficient capacity.

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“You have to understand that laboratories have limited capacity. We have boosted those capacities but the demand for testing keeps growing. We have recruited new laboratories, so we hope to solve the problem,” she said.

Analyzing the age group of people admitted to hospital with the coronavirus symptoms from June 14 to July 14, the epidemiologist said that the largest number of patients are between 30-39 years old, i.e. one in four people belongs to this age group or 24.14% of all people admitted to hospital. Also, one patient in five is between 40 and 49 years old (20%) while 20% of the hospitalized patients are between 20 and 29 years of age.

65% of those hospitalized are between 20 and 49 years of age, concluded Tepavčević.

(Nedeljnik, 15.07.2020)





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