Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that, in less than 10 days, the government will present a proposal for measures to help the private sector in mitigating the serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We will devise good measures. No-one will be able to cover the illiquidity or insolvency from the period before the epidemic, but the losses will be much lower than expected,” Vucic said yesterday at the Stark Arena, where he visited the volunteers who are preparing food packages for older citizens who cannot get out because of the pandemic.
Vucic said that the public sector was also at risk of a pandemic, but it is still in a much better position than in certain neighbouring countries, which is why the state will try to help the private sector with multi-billion dollar assistance packages.
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Vucic went on to say said that Serbia is well-positioned in the financial sector and will, therefore, do everything possible to help those in need. He called on employers to do everything in their power to protect their workers.
“We want to give priority to workers’ health and the economy as a whole,“ he added.
Speaking about the COVID-19 contagion, Vucic said that he expects the number of infected people to start growing, among other things because the new strategy will lead to more people being tested to the virus.
The President added that, in ten days, the number of people tested is expected to reach 3,000, and that that is the best way to control the pandemic and prevent the virus from spreading to a large number of people.
Vucic also thanked the volunteers who are preparing the food packages for the elderly. The packages will be delivered to the citizens of Belgrade who are over 65 years of age and whose pensions are under 30,000 dinars, which is more or less 173,000 senior citizens.
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