Vucic’s PR: New measures possible for three cities; Norway and China help Serbia

Vucic’s PR: New measures possible for three cities; Norway and China help Serbia

Vucic’s PR: New measures possible for three cities; Norway and China help Serbia Izvor: Printscreen / VOA

Suzana Vasiljevic, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic media advisor, announced on Thursday new, yet unspecified, measures for capital Belgrade, the southern city of Nis and western town of Valjevo, the FoNet news agency reported.

She told the Belgrade Prva TV that Vucic asked doctors was it necessary to isolate those three places, but they said it was not and that the situation should be looked into again in the next 24 hours.

Vasiljevic explained that the isolation of cities and towns meant that there was no traffic between them and that people could not go in or out of them to avoid the spreading of the pandemic, but that the food supply should be secured.

Commenting on Kosovo's government being voted out, Vasiljevic said that "what happened down there is clearly a foreign policy battle between the US and EU, between two different policies, two different views of the situation in Kosovo what resulted in the fall of Albin Kurti's government."

 Speaking about the media reporting, she said it was professional about the coronavirus situation, adding that a majority of journalists double-checked information from social networks before publishing them.

“Most of them do a good job,” Vasiljevic said, adding they should also report on what was going in the world capitals with the COVID-19 virus situation.

She says the reporters are divided into two groups – televisions and news agencies whom the President addresses regarding the most critical issues, and newspapers and websites whom he talks to later.

Vasiljevic added the state provided protective gear to big media outlets.

She said that all ministers had the same task now since Serbia was alone in fighting against the pandemic because there was no solidarity. She pointed out the aid from China and Norway.

However, the European Union said who much aid it provided Serbia with and that the bloc would release the unused IPA funds to help the country containing the pandemic.

Vasiljevic said that Vucic and his cabinet had their temperature measured regularly, had to wear masks and gloves, and that news conferences were moved to ‘Serbia’ Palace because there was more space to make the distance between people.  

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