President Aleksandar Vucic called the population of Serbia, especially the elderly, to follow recommendations from doctors to avoid contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.
A ban could be imposed on people entering the country from northern Italy, parts of Switzerland, South Korea, China and Iran, Vucic said speaking on a KCN TV talk show hosted by ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) official Vladimir Djukanovic. He said that the first patient found to be infected by the coronavirus had been to Italy.
The president said there is no reason for panic but that caution should be exercised. “Doctors have done a fantastic job in Serbia but we can expect the number of sick people to rise,” he said, adding that the outbreak is being taken seriously but warning that medical professionals are “tired already”. He said that he had learned that if anyone can make a vaccine it would be China.
Vucic said that he can’t please everyone in terms of reactions to the coronavirus since some will blame him for not “shutting down cities” and not banning sports events, cinemas and theaters while others would demand to know why those measures should be imposed.