Serbia records more than 100,000 COVID-19 infections

Serbia’s number of COVID-19 cases exceeded 100,000 on Thursday after the country registered 6,109 new cases and 29 deaths in a 24-hour span, according to the Health Ministry.

The total number of registered cases in Serbia since the beginning of the pandemic is 104,097, while 1,110 people have died.

Due to the steep increase in record number of cases, a member of the Serbia’s crisis response team Mijomir Pelemis told the media that the effectiveness of the existing measures will be estimated in the following days and stricter measures will be made if necessary.

Across Serbia, gatherings are banned, wearing facial masks is mandatory indoors, businesses have to be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., while the Belgrade Arena and other sport and cultural venues have been turned into COVID-19 hospitals.

Currently 5,589 people are hospitalized across the country due to the disease, of which 186 are connected to respiratory ventilators.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States are racing against time to find a vaccine.

According to the website of the World Health Organization, as of Nov. 12, there were 212 COVID-19 candidate vaccines being developed worldwide, and 48 of them were in clinical trials.