Kon: Consultations regarding Covid measures to be held today. The situation is still difficult
"At the moment, we have the most serious epidemiological situation, regardless of the numbers. That top of the pyramid of total infections are hospitalized people, especially those who are on ventilators, and there are many of them," said Dr. Kon
Epidemiologist Predrag Kon, a member of the Crisis HQ for the fight against coronavirus, said that consultations regarding epidemiological measures would be held today. He said that the situation in Belgrade is stabilizing, but that the same is not true of other parts of Serbia. However, he pointed out that the epidemiological situation is the most serious at this moment, because there are a lot of hospitalized patients on ventilators.
"During the previous week, we saw stabilization at a very high level. It flattened a bit in Belgrade. We can say that the curve has flattened, even that we have it descending. Today's and the data in the coming days is especially important. The jump that was recorded yesterday depends on how many tests were done on Monday," Dr. Kon told RTS.
He added that the measures in force have produced results.
"We will monitor the situation, but what we have done in terms of measures to prevent transmission, those have produced results, which is evident because it's clear that for the second week we don't have a clear increase from day to day, but a maintenance of the situation and even a slight decrease in Belgrade. Both vaccination and measures have had an effect," said Dr. Kon:
"Especially in Belgrade, where the number of vaccinated people is 30 percent. We currently have the most serious epidemiological situation regardless of the numbers. That top of the pyramid of total infections are hospitalized people, especially those who are on ventilators, and there are many of them."
He said that the situation in Nis and Novi Sad is still serious, while it is calming down a bit in Vranje and Leskovac.
"It's also calming down in the east. In Novi Sad and the whole of Vojvodina, the virus is quite active there. It's not simple," he said and then added that there will be consultations on measures today:
"It must be understood that we are still in a difficult situation."
Asked about restaurant and cafe gardens, he said that opening them is in the perspective, but that it first must be clear to everyone that the virus is losing its strength.
"Cafes and restaurants are imaginary oases in people's heads, you go there, take off your mask and act as if there is no coronavirus. When we choose measures, we choose between preserving the healthcare system and the hospitality industry."
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