Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said yesterday that, despite the government’s Crisis Response Team’s demands, more restrictive measures aimed at stopping the growth in the number of people infected with the coronavirus would not be introduced, as this would only prolong the agony and stop the vaccination campaign.
“The medical part of the Crisis Response Team had asked us to implement new measures that would last for at least 10 days, prohibiting public gatherings of more than 5 people, reducing working hours to 17:00 for all establishments, except for grocery stores, petrol stations and pharmacies, as well as medical and trade services, and if this fails to bring about desired results, then, they said, we would have to introduce Covid passes,” Brnabić said.
She underlined that the introduction of stricter measures would lead to a faster reduction in the number of infected people, but it would also lead to the discontinuation of mass immunisation.
“We have the solution, and it is the vaccine, i.e. the only way to achieve collective immunity and end the pandemic,” she said, adding that the current measures would remain in place, and those are wearing masks both indoors and outdoors, where it is not possible to keep a physical distance.
“Even if we introduced Covid passes, we would not be able to control their use. Maybe we will introduce them at some point,” she said, adding that she knows how people will react if the government introduces these passes: “If that happens, we won’t be able to control them. In New York, for instance, you can buy a Covid pass for $100.”
The Prime Minister went on to say that the situation in Serbia has improved somewhat compared to the past few days, although the number of infected people is still very high, and reiterated that mass immunization of the population is the most important thing and that 80% of the population should be vaccinated, with compulsory vaccination of health workers and civil servants who are working directly with people.
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