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The Serbian government passed the new measures and specified some of the existing ones in order to prevent the emergence and spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 and suppress it.

The government passed the Decision preventing indoor public gatherings, with public gathering being defined as a gathering in a closed room with more than 100 people.

When it comes to the temporary ban on entry into Serbia for foreign nationals coming from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland, it is specified that it applies exclusively to the persons coming from the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China, the city of Daegu and the North Gyeongsang Province of the Republic of Korea and the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

The temporary ban on entry into Serbia for foreign nationals coming from Italy and the Islamic Republic of Iran remains in effect.

International road traffic is being diverted to major border crossings, whereas 44 smaller and occasional border crossings will be temporarily closed.

Regarding the service facilities located on the transit route through Serbia and the motorways, it was decided that the employees must wear protective equipment when coming in contact with transit passengers.

Based on the opinion of epidemiologists, at the moment there will be no suspension of work of schools, however intensive monitoring of the situation in kindergartens, schools and universities continue. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development has sent an instruction to all primary and secondary schools in the country on how to prevent a possible spread of the infection.

Every day at 18.00 the Ministry of Health and epidemiological services will inform citizens about the state of coronavirus in Serbia.

All decisions are effective Thursday, 12 March.

The government urges Serbian citizens who work abroad and come from the areas with intense coronavirus transmission and plan to come to Serbia for the upcoming Easter holidays, to delay the trip.

It also appeals to citizens that, when organising private events such as weddings, baptisms and similar events with more people, these events be organised in accordance with the decision relating to public gatherings.

The citizens with coronavirus symptoms should not go to community health centres or hospitals but should contact an on-call epidemiologist on one of the following phone numbers.

For more information visit covid19.rs or contact the phone numbers +381 64 8945-235 (number opened by the Ministry of Health), Institute for Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”, Dr Subotica Street 5, phone number +381 11 2684-566 or institutes for public health in the territory in which citizens reside.

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