Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced new measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, including shorter working hours for cafes, clubs and restaurants but said that schools would not be closed because they are “the safest place for children”.
Under the new measures, pharmacies, food delivery services, petrol stations and companies working in shifts will be allowed to operate between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am while all other businesses will have to close. The new measures will take effect on Tuesday, November 17 and will remain in effect up to December 1 when the government will decide whether to keep them in place or extend them and impose stricter measures.
Brnabic told a press conference that the next measure is a lockdown but added that the government does not want that unless it becomes necessary.
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She said that schools will not be closed because, according to her, children are safest in schools. “We have 39 infected pupils in elementary schools, 20 of them in Belgrade. There are 52 COVID-positive students in high schools, 22 of them in Belgrade. I hope it’s clear that the situation in schools is stable, good and safe and how disciplined the students and teachers are,” she said.
The Prime Minister claimed that the situation in Serbia is better than in European Union member states which have to send their patients to other countries for treatment. “Serbia still has some free hospital beds which is not the case in some EU countries… Serbia has enough tests, medication, ventilators, everything needed to treat COVID-19 patients,” she said. Asked which EU member states she was talking about, Brnabic named Belgium and the Netherlands.
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