Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, Goran Vesić, said that the Belgrade government will always vote against new restrictions, including a curfew, because such measures were not proposed even when Serbia had almost 8,000 people infected a day, back in November 2020.
He argued that although he understands the stance of medical experts from the government’s Crisis Unit, this is not only a health crisis, but also an economic and social one, so it is important to harmonize the measures with the economy.
“If there is no economy, there is no health care, there are no vaccines, and no salaries for health workers,” Vesić added.
He reiterated that a balance and compromise must be found, because each measure must have both a health and economic aspect, recalling that the pandemic has been going on for a year and that restaurateurs, musicians and tourism workers have been left without income.
“If you propose measures, then find a way to pay salaries to those people who will be left without a job. I do not know why the state of emergency is even considered today, considering that it wasn’t imposed when we had twice as many infected,” underlined Vesić.
Vesić said that people have relaxed a bit and that the city of Belgrade has started printing pamphlets with rules of conduct after the first dose of the anti-COVID vaccine was administered in Belgrade.
(Novi Magazin, 02.03.2021)
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