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Epidemiologist: Relaxation of Measures When Number of Infected Decreases

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Archive / News | 08.02.21 | access_time 11:38

Epidemiologist and Crisis Headquarters member Branislav Tiodorovic (Beta/Serbian government/Slobodan Miljevic)

Epidemiologist and COVID-19 Crisis Headquarters member Branislav Tiodorovic has said that the relaxation of anti-epidemic measures could be expected once the number of new cases per day drops to three digits.

Tiodorovic said for the Feb. 8 issue of the Blic daily that there are between 1,600 and 2,000 new cases in Serbia each day. According to him this is a high number and he called the current epidemiological situation in the country, “steady [but] bad.”

“The numbers are dropping slower than we expected, because we fared very well during the holidays; but there isn’t a significant drop and if we were to relax the measures now – that would be risky,” Tiodorovic explained.

The relaxation of measures would be favorable to the economy, he believes, but detrimental to the current epidemiological situation.

“The hospitality industry is in a difficult situation and we understand that they need the measures to be relaxed, but at this moment it’s important that the numbers do not go up,” the epidemiologist said, adding that despite the restrictions for cafes and restaurants, people are still gathering, the customers are seen seated indoors without masks and the physical distance is not even kept outdoors.

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