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Serbia goes into second weekend of tighter coronavirus restrictions

Serbia is tightening coronavirus measures for a second weekend in a row due to the country's rising number of infections.

Budapest, 5 March 2021 (dpa/MIA) — Serbia is tightening coronavirus measures for a second weekend in a row due to the country’s rising number of infections.

Stores, restaurants and service establishments will have to close from noon on Saturday to 6 am on Monday.

Only grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations are exempt, the government’s crisis team announced in Belgrade on Friday.

Restrictions, albeit milder ones, were also in effect last weekend, when restaurants and shopping centers were allowed to stay open until 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

For months now, restaurants in Serbia have been allowed to serve customers until 8 pm.

The retail trade has functioned without restrictions.

But the Balkan country’s caseload has risen significantly in recent weeks, prompting the recent actions.

On Friday, authorities in Serbia recorded 4,071 new coronavirus infections. Two Fridays ago there had been 2,518.

Since the beginning of the pandemic a year ago, 4,525 people in the country of 7 million residents have died of Covid-related complications.

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