Serbia introduces state of emergency, borders closed to foreigners

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A Serbian flag files over the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, 15 March 2020.

On Sunday, the Serbian authorities declared the state of emergency on Sunday over the situation with the coronavirus.

The measures include shutting down many public spaces, deploying soldiers to guard hospitals and closing the borders to foreigners.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic said the new restrictions were necessary to “save our elderly” in the Balkan state of some seven million, which has detected around 50 infections of COVID-19 so far with limited testing.

“I say to foreigners: don’t come to Serbia, except for the Chinese who are called upon to come, their doctors, the people who help us,” Vucic added.


Several European countries have closed borders, schools and public facilities, and have cancelled major sports and entertainment events in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes the Covid-19 disease.



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