Serbia backpedals from planned weekend lockdown after protests

10 July 2020
2020-07-10 12:08

Thousands of people staged a peaceful protest in Belgrade on Thursday. Earlier in the day, the government dropped plans for a weekend lockdown in the capital to repress the spreading of Covid-19. The decision came after two days of violent protests against harsh restrictions. A government crisis group tasked with fighting the virus decided instead on a more limited ban on outdoor and indoor public gatherings of more than 10 people to minimize the risk of further infections. It also said that working hours at indoor restaurants and cafes would have to end at 9 p.m. Protests were sparked earlier in the week after the President announced that a weekend lockdown would be necessary. The protests rapidly turned into riots in the past two days. Serbia, a country of 7 million, has so far reported 17,076 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 341 deaths. The number of new infections rose to 357 on Wednesday from 299 on Tuesday.

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