Following the death of two more Covid-19 patients in Serbia and the recovery of the man believed to be the patient zero in the country, Serbian authorities decided on Saturday to prolong the mandatory self-isolation period from 14 to 28 days and to extend the curfew on the weekends from 3 pm to 5 am, the government said.
According to the government's statement, following the advice from experts, the government decided to annul its earlier decision whereby pet owners had 20 minutes to walk their pets from 8 to 9 pm. From now on, they will only be able to walk their pets outside the curfew hours, the government said.
“As Serbia is in the midst of the fight against the COVID-19, it is recommended that all markets, both outdoors and indoors, be closed until further notice,” the statement said.
Two more die, 659 Covid-19 cases in total
Over the past 24 hours, Serbia's health authorities confirmed 131 new Covid-19 cases in Serbia, raising the total number of cases in the country to 659, Serbia's Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar said Saturday, adding that two more patients have died as a result of the virus. The total number of those who died in Serbia now stands at 10.
“At the moment, there are 334 people on hospital treatment, 49 of them on respirators,” the Minister said, adding that “one woman had passed away at the Belgrade Infectious Diseases Clinic who had been on the respirator for the past 8 days and that one man from Nis with diabetes, hypertension and problems with coagulation had also died.
Nine more patients are in critical condition, he added and said that he saw a large number of people on the streets Saturday which is the reason why the curfew was extended.
Patient zero recovers
Srbia's patient zero, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus on March 6, was released for further home treatment and recovery on Saturday, after undergoing the necessary treatment at the Vojvodina Clinical Hospital (KCV), the hospital said.
This is the third patient to be treated for coronavirus at the KCV and who has been discharged for home treatment, the KCV website says.
The Clinic currently treats 25 other Covid-19 patients.