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Serbian PM says Friday was worst day since outbreak

Serbia registered the highest number of single-day deaths from coronavirus - 18 - on Friday

BELGRADE, July 10. /TASS/. Serbia registered the highest number of single-day deaths from coronavirus - 18 - on Friday. Coronavirus cases rose by 386 in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 17,728. The death toll climbed to 370, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said in a joint address with Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar.

"It was the worst day since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, as 18 people died from coronavirus in the past 24 hours, 130 are on ventilators and we have confirmed 386 new cases after 8,646 tests," Brnabic said.

She put the blame on "people’s irresponsible behavior" and urged the population not to take part in protests.

In the meantime, Loncar said that there were no more hospitals beds for new patients in Belgrade, so the sick people are transported to hospitals in other cities.

On Tuesday, the ministry reported 352 new one-day cases. About 3,5000 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated in hospitals. Around 480,000 people have been tested since the coronavirus outbreak. The mortality rate surpassed 2%.

Serbia declared the state of emergency in 20 cities and municipalities. According to health officials, the second wave is notorious for a more severe clinical picture and high numbers of young people among those infected.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 12,404,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 557,700 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 7,235,600 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.