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Serbia: Over 400 virus patients at fair hall hospital

Youngest patient at makeshift facility in Serbian capital is 3 years old, oldest aged 67

Talha Öztürk   | 18.04.2020
Serbia: Over 400 virus patients at fair hall hospital

BELGRADE, Serbia

Over 400 COVID-19 patients are being treated at a makeshift hospital established at the Belgrade Fair in Serbia’s capital, an official said on Saturday.

“We have 419 patients, the youngest aged three and the oldest being 67 years old. They are in stable condition,” said Veljko Milic, the coordinator of the hospital.

He said there are three to four doctors and six to eight nurses on each shift.

"We receive and discharge people on a regular basis. 210 patients have been discharged so far and several dozen more people will be sent home today too," said Milic.

As of Saturday, Serbia has 5,690 COVID-19 cases, with 110 deaths and 534 recoveries.

The fair hall in Belgrade was transformed into a makeshift hospital with 3,000 beds in late March.

Temporary medical facilities were also set up at fair halls and sports centers in different cities.

The government declared a state of emergency and imposed several measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, including night curfew and closing borders, educational institutes, sports halls, and gyms.

The novel coronavirus has spread to 185 countries and regions since emerging in China last December, with the U.S. and Europe now the hardest-hit areas.

More than 2.25 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 154,600 and almost 575,000 recoveries, according to data compiled by the U.S.’ Johns Hopkins University.

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