After several days of an unusual absence from media, Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic told the pro-regime private Pink TV, that the situation in the southwestern town of Novi Pazar was under control and that the hospital there was "better equipped than any German hospital in places with up to 100,000 population," the FoNet news agency reported on Wednesday.
He said the media and local residents' information that ventilators were not working was 'a lie.'
Vucic said that the number of infected with coronavirus in Novi Pazar erupted and that caused the problems.
"Then, other things started happening – politics, fabrications, untruths…", he told the TV.
"At the moment, there are three patients on ventilators. Additional five work on oxygen mode and three more are not plugged in," Vucic said.
He added that there was nothing that Novi Pazar did not have and that the problem was with the lack in a number of available doctors since many were infected.
Vucic said that 14 medical staff from the central city of Kragujevac would go to Novi Pazar on Wednesday.
However, he said the Health Ministry should have reacted earlier but added that "drug dealers booed Prime Minister Ana Brnabic," on Wednesday.
Brnabic and Health Minister got a hostile reception in Novi Pazar where they went to the town to see the situation themselves.
"The funniest thing is that the convicted drug dealers yelled 'thief' to Prime Minister! What has she stolen?" he asked.
Vucic added that his list won in Novi Pazar in the June 21 general elections at the republican level and that the majority of the Bosniaks voted for it, adding he would not allow anyone to bring unrest into the town.
He also said that the situation in Belgrade was "ten times worse than in Novi Pazar."
However, Vucic said Serbia would not close its borders because of the epidemic." Where will we pay salaries and pension from?"
Vucic said Belgrade was ready to resume the dialogue on the normalisation of relations with Pristina, but that he would not allow anyone to order him a solution." There is little time left, but we must be patient and committed to a game (of chess)," he said and added the problem in the dialogue was that Serbia did not recognise Kosovo's independence and that the West negotiated with Pristina, not Belgrade.
Asked about his absence from the media, Vucic said those who criticised him for being present all the time, now worry about his absence.
Vucic celebrated the election victoryat his party headquarters on Sunday night with other officials, three of whom tested positive on the new virus after the event.
He said that it was the 12th time that some believed he was positive on the coronavirus and told them not to worry since that was "long odds."
Commenting on Florian Biber, an expert in the Western Balkans, about his significance, Vucic said that Biber was "no one and nothing," spending days in trying to offend him.
He added he was sorry that no one from the Government did not try to curb the untruths.