Serbia To Reimpose Weekend Lockdown After Virus Surge
Belgrade, July 7 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Jul, 2020 ) :Serbia will reintroduce a round-the-clock weekend curfew as the Balkan state battles an "alarming" surge of coronavirus cases, President Aleksandar Vucic announced Tuesday.
"Starting Friday, we are going to have a long curfew ending Monday," the president said in a televised press conference.
Officials also allowed thousands of fans to gather for football matches and other sporting events last month.
Over the past two weeks, daily infections have shot up, recently hitting more than 300 daily.
The medical system is overwhelmed with nearly 4,000 coronavirus patients, said the 50-year-old president.
"Nobody can endure these numbers. We don't want to kill our doctors," he said.
Several hospitals in the capital were also redesignated virus treatment hubs, and a field hospital has been reopened in a sports arena.
According to local media, the situation was particularly serious in the southwestern city of Novi Pazar, where hospitals have reported an overflow of patients and a lack of equipment.
The local Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has accused authorities of suppressing the true toll -- claims denied by the government.
Countries across the Balkans are now seeing an uptick in cases after initial success in reining in their COVID-19 outbreaks.
On Monday neighbouring Kosovo reinstated nightly curfews in the capital Pristina and three other towns.