Epidemiologist Zoran Radovanovic warned on Monday that the Serbian authorities may have opened the borders too soon, adding that the coronavirus pandemic was still present with the number of new cases rising and falling.
“I think that was done, among other things, to allow people (Serbian nationals) living in Montenegro or Bosnia-Herzegovina who have residence in Serbia to come vote (in the June 21 elections) without having to be tested,” the doctor told Belgrade daily Politika. He added that another reason for the decision to open the borders is probably to bring some relief to the public.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the pro-government Prva TV that the decision to open the borders was taken at the right time and is especially important for the economy. She added that the public has no reason for anxiety but should follow recommendations such as wearing face masks.
“The June 21 date of the elections is not disputable because the number of infected people will be zero or close to zero but we should pay attention to pre-election activities,” he said adding that the elections should have been postponed for after the pandemic.
According to Radovanovic, the only other thing the authorities could do was ease the measures imposed to combat the pandemic.