The Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the military has taken control of all border crossings, refugee and asylum centers and hospitals across the country in line with the decision to declare a state of emergency which was declared on March 15 to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Army of Serbia has been additionally engaged across the territory of Serbia,” the ministry press release said, adding that deployment was ordered by Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Chief of Staff General Milan Mojsilovic in support of the civilian authorities to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
“The Army of Serbia is engaged in securing and controlling public facilities, hospitals where people who have COVID-19 are being treated and checked, the airports in Belgrade and Nis and the bus stations in Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis, Novi Sad and Pancevo,” the press release said.
The military will work with the police and Refugee Commissariat to prevent the uncontrolled movement of anyone who could be a coronavirus carrier or leaves the asylum centers without permission, it said and added that troops have been taken control of asylum and refugee centers in Sjenica, Tutin, Bogovadja, Banja Koviljaca, Krnjaca, Presevo, Bujanovac, Vranje, Bosilegrad, Pirot, Obrenovac, Adasevc, Sid, Principovac, Sombor, Kikinda and Subotica to to relieve the police.
The military has also completed preparations for decontamination aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus and is doing everything to prevent its personnel from contracting the disease. “The Army of Serbia is prepared to do whatever it is ordered to do to protect the state and its citizens in state of emergency conditions,” the press release said.