Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, declares a national emergency to combat coronavirus. He does not spare the EU from criticism for the lack of solidarity.
Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, opened his address by saying that "Serbia today is at war with an invisible enemy." During a somber and emotional speech, Vucic called on the Serbian nation to "fight for the elderly" as "they are the main targets of coronavirus."
Vucic made blatant remarks about the lack of European solidarity that only "exists on paper". He expressed his disappointment with the EU's decision to restrict exports of medical equipment and materials to non-EU countries. Later during the Q & A, he said that he has chosen his words carefully but that he will find a way to tell the EU is not so polite words what he thinks about the lack of solidary toward Serbia during the coronavirus crisis.
"China is the only country that can help Serbia during the virus coronary epidemic", he said and then revealed that Serbia purchased 5 million masks from China. President Vucic also made a bombshell revelation that he was forced to shop for respirators on the "semi gray market". He did not go into details as to which one.
The Serbian president announced that from Monday on, the older population over 65 years should stay indoors. "I am begging you to stay indoors", Vucic said explaining that these measures are being made "out of love for them".
"We are shutting down the life in order to save lives," the president said about the measures to ban all public gatherings, schools, kindergartens noting that "schools will probably remain closed until the end of the year."
As of Monday, the Serbian Army will guard hospitals and the police will be in charge of isolation of the infected.
"Police will enforce the isolation orders. Whoever breaks isolation will get up to three years in prison," Vucic said.
As of right now, there are 48 confirmed cases in Serbia and two people are on respirators.
Similar to the measures America is taking, Serbia is shutting down the borders. "We will not ban Serbian citizens from entering the country, but others will be banned. Those who come to the country will have to quarantine for 14 days, while those who come to Serbia from the coronavirus hotspots will have to stay in quarantine for 28 days."
The President stated that any violation of these measures will be followed by a prison term of 3 years. "We will not follow the European lack of solidarity, but we will show Serbian solidarity. We will preserve some of the respirators for the people of Republika Srpska," he said.
"A surrender is never an option," he said concluding his address.
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