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Quarantine possible for Serbians, too? Decision on PCR test requirement for our citizens next week

"The responsibility is on those who travel and upon their return quarantine could await them," said Zoran Gojkovic, Provincial Secretary of Health in Vojvodina

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Foreigners arriving in Serbia from certain countries will have to have a negative PCR test that is not older than 48 hours, the Crisis HQ has decided. The decision applies to North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, and will be valid from tomorrow (Saturday). The decision does not apply to our citizens arriving from the territories of those countries.

However, as Provincial Secretary of Health Zoran Gojkovic told today's press conference of the Crisis HQ, there is currently no large influx of people coming from the so-called tourist countries.

He added that in five to seven days, there will be discussion again as to whether these measures will be introduced for citizens coming to Serbia from some other countries as well - but also for our citizens.

"The responsibility is on those who travel and upon their return quarantine could await them," said Gojkovic.

According to epidemiologist Branislav Tiodorovic, the Crisis HQ hopes for even better results by the end of the month.

Many people are vacationing in Serbia

"However, I do not want to emphasize that because we are in an important period, and many people have stayed in Serbia and are spending their summer here. At the same time, means of protection are not used very much. Unless we relax too much, it will be good ," Dr. Tiodorovic warned.

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Branislav Todorovic; Photo: Tanjug/Serbian government/Slobodan Miljevic

According to him, experts have said from the beginning that it can be risky for citizens to go abroad on vacation, and that it is left to individuals to decide whether or not they want to vacation outside of Serbia, while everyone bears responsibility for themselves.

"We still don't have a large number of new infected people coming from tourist countries to justify introducing restrictive measures, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in the coming period. Epidemiologists have taken a clear position that in the next five to seven days we will re-evaluate the situation and decide whether to introduce restrictive measures for some other countries or for our citizens returning from such places," said Tiodorovic.

4 more people dead in previous 24 hours

As of Friday afternoon, over the previous 24 hours coronavirus was confirmed in 235 more people, while 4 patients died in the same period.

9,383 more people were tested during that time. There were 78 patients on ventilators.

Video: Tiodorovic: These are the criteria according to which we introduced mandatory PCR testing when entering Serbia


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