The Minister of the Interior, Nebojsa Stefanovic, said that the new measures introduced by the government, namely travel bans, serve to protect the lives of citizens and added that the police will monitor all those people who have been ordered to self-isolate.
Stefanovic also said that these are strict measures and that their implementation is difficult because people are not used to this type of self-isolation, but banning the movement of the elderly and banning travel and movement for all from 20:00 to 5:00 in the morning serves to protect lives.
He added that the decision on the curfew was implemented after the authorities consulted the experts as this is also a risky period for young people who have a lot of social contacts.
“People must not be afraid, but they must be responsible and respect what doctors say; the measures we have implemented allow the healthcare system to provide adequate medical assistance to everyone for a considerable amount of time,” said Stefanovic.
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He added that there are also exceptions to the ban namely, people working in the industry, baking, medicine supply, healthcare, police, military, and the media. The government, together with the Interior Ministry (the police), will issue appropriate permits to allow these groups of people to go to work.
The Minister said that the police will check whether the imposed isolation measures are being complied with, will call and go to their home addresses.
Stefanovic also said that close to 50,000 people have returned to Serbia from abroad since the beginning of the crisis, most of them from Italy, and some of them have not respected imposed self-isolation, which led to the spread of the infection.
Stefanovic concluded that a large number of people are involved in assisting pensioners with the provision of basic necessities as volunteers.
(Vecernje Novosti, 18.03.2020)
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