Marijan Ivanusa, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Serbia Office, on March 23 said that Serbia ranked fifth in Europe by the incidence of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, noting that the epidemic situation was serious.
Ivanusa told state public broadcaster RTS that the U.K. virus strain, which was more infectious and causing more serious illness, had been spreading swiftly, stressing it was necessary to change people’s behavior and pursue massive inoculation.
According to him, all measures preventing contacts and producing effect if obeyed were useful. He also said that the situation had been worsening in the entire Europe and that the countermeasures should remain in place until “they produce results.”
“The more we obey the measures, the sooner results will be visible. If we do not want to obey the measures, then this situation will not only continue, but will worsen,” Ivanusa stressed, noting that many countries had again imposed lockdowns and curfews.
On March 23, epidemiologist Predrag Kon said the request to open outdoor seating of catering venues was realistic in the foreseeable future, once the transmission of the virus started to reduce. Kon added that the society had to find a way to help the catering industry, but stressed that the health system was under the biggest threat and, according to him, on the verge of collapse.