The head of the World Health Organization’s office in Serbia, Marijan Ivanusa, said on March 4 that the epidemiological situation in Serbia is worsening because the measures are not respected and due to the appearance of the new COVID-19 strains in the country.
“[The situation] depends on how the people behave. We know what the [preventive] measures include: keeping physical distance, wearing masks, taking care of hand and respiratory hygiene. If someone is sick, they and the people they’ve been in contact with should be isolated,” Ivanusa told the RTS public service.
According to the latest data, a total of 4,491 new cases have been registered in the country, and Ivanusa believes that the number may rise to 8,000, endangering the entire health system.
He said that it is hard to calculate the exact number of citizens that have to be vaccinated to achieve collective immunity, adding that it is too soon to even talk about it. “Especially if we’re talking about a virus that is easily transmitted. And if this is the case, then more people need to be vaccinated,” Ivanusa explained.
When asked about the “vaccine passports” that certain EU countries are said to be thinking of introducing, Ivanusa replied that the WHO is of the opinion that it is too early to discuss such matters, primarily due to the shortage of vaccines.