Three coronavirus patients were reported to have died in hospitals in Belgrade and Nis and another 73 new cases registered, the Serbian Health Care authorities said on Thursday.
Two people died at the Dragisa Misovic hospital and Infectious Diseases Clinic in Belgrade and a third died at the Clinical Center in Nis.
The Serbian Health Care Ministry said in its daily bulletin that 457 coronavirus cases had been confirmed by 3:00 pm on Thursday.
Pulmologist Branimir Nestorovic told reporters after a meeting of the crisis staff that the improvised quarantine facility at the Belgrade Fairground will be operational as of 2:00 pm on Friday when planeloads of Serbian nationals arrive home. He said they will all be tested and anyone who tests positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus will be placed in that facility while the rest will be sent home into self-isolation.
The bulletin said that 295 people had been tested in the previous 24 hours. It did not specify how many, if any, of the 73 people who tested positive had been hospitalized.
The Torlak Institute Laboratory has tested a total of 1,456 people who displayed coronavirus infection symptoms to date.