The number of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus cases in Serbia rose to 55, the Serbian health care ministry said on its covid19.rs web site on Monday morning.
The morning press release said that 18 people had been tested and seven had been diagnosed as positive.
Speaking on the Serbian state TV morning news following the introduction of a state of emergency, Health Care Minister Zlatibor Loncar said that new measures have been introduced to help the public deal with the pandemic.
The minister said that all medical facilities in the country will only see urgent cases to try to limit the spread of the epidemic. According to him, that includes general practitioners in local medical centers who will have phone lines for their patients. There will also be no time limit on already issued prescriptions for medication.
Loncar said that a decision has been taken to reserve several hospitals which are not infectious disease clinics for coronavirus patients if they should be needed.