Loncar Says Number of Deaths in Novi Pazar Overblown, Physicians Turn Backs on Serbian Officials | Beta Briefing

Loncar Says Number of Deaths in Novi Pazar Overblown, Physicians Turn Backs on Serbian Officials

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News / Politics | 30.06.20 | access_time 19:56

Zlatibor Loncar

Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar denied on June 30 allegations on social networks and some media outlets of a high number of coronavirus-related deaths in Novi Pazar.

"Only eight or nine citizens have died," the minister said during a tour of the General Hospital in the city. He said all ventilators were operative and that three patients were currently on ventilators.

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that the entire Novi Pazar hospital would be turned into a Covid-19 treatment facility and called on all out-of-work health workers to report to the administration "for immediate employment."

During their stay, several dozens of citizens gathered in protest in front of the hospital where they whistled and shouted "this is not a bus, this is covid." Also in protest, a number of physicians turned their backs on the prime minister and minister of health or refused to offer their hand in greeting.

Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic said on June 30 that he was called by Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovic who asked if any help was needed and that they arranged for a team of physicians from Sarajevo and Tuzla to come to Novi Pazar.

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