Serbian police arrest 160 for violating isolation orders, curfew

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Source: Tanjug/Dragan Kujundžić

Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told the Serbian state TV (RTS) on Friday that the police arrested six people for violating isolation orders and another 154 for violating the curfew imposed by the authorities as part of the efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The Serbian authorities imposed a state of emergency which includes a total ban on movement for anyone over the age of 65 in urban areas and over the age of 70 in rural areas as well as a curfew from 8:00 pm to 5:00 pm across the country.  

Stefanovic also confirmed that every border crossing had been closed to passenger traffic as of 8:00 am on Friday. “No one will be allowed into Serbia. That is a necessary measures. It is strict, it is hard but it is important to protect the population,” the minister said, adding that 66 Serbian nationals had entered the country overnight and were quarantined in the camp at Morovic.  

The Belgrade city authorities decided to discontinue all city transport during the curfew, leaving people forced working late night shifts stranded. Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic said that employers would have to organize their businesses accordingly and added that the city authorities were looking into ways to organize transport for late night shift workers.