In a video shared by former Democratic candidate for US Congress Dr Dena Grayson on Twitter, President Vucic can be seen struggling to catch his breath as he coughs first into a napkin and then into his hand whilst updating the press on coronavirus. It comes as Serbia recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 last week. The Government ordered the health ministry to establish a quarantine for migrants.
During the press conference, Mr Vucic vowed he will not allow his country to be used by migrants attempting to reach the EU.
The Serbian government will also order all soccer games to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Friday.
“We will officially announce a crowd ban at soccer games at a government session at 1300 hours (1200 GMT),” Brnabic told a news conference after Serbia’s health ministry said there had been 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country.
Red Star Belgrade, the 1991 European Cup winners, had earlier on Friday decided to slash ticket prices for Saturday’s home game against Napredak Krusevac to 75 dinars for all sections of the 56,000-seater stadium.
The move was intended to celebrate the club’s 75th anniversary.
Red Star, the winners of a record 30 league titles, top the first division table on 66 points from 25 games, 11 more than bitter city foes Partizan.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, Australia’s minister for home affairs and a Chelsea soccer player are among new cases of the coronavirus that has infected almost 135,000 people and killed more than 4,900 worldwide.
Governments and central banks readied more emergency measures to tackle the economic impact of the coronavirus on Friday, helping financial markets pare some of their steep losses, while more major events were cancelled or postponed.
US lawmakers and the White House neared agreement on a coronavirus economic aid package, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she hoped to announce a deal on Friday.
Experts warn that due to a lack of testing and unreported cases, many more people may be affected by the outbreak that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.
Health authorities around the world face the prospect of services being overwhelmed.
“We’re anticipating 20 percent of the population in the first wave to be affected,” Kerry Chant, the chief medical officer for the New South Wales (NSW) state government.
Home to more than 7 million people, NSW is Australia’s most populous state, and Chant said models suggested 5 percent of the state’s population – some 350,000 people – would need hospital treatment as a result of coronavirus.
Australia has recorded nearly 160 infections and three deaths from the flu-like disease. Among the infected is one of its highest-profile government ministers, Peter Dutton, who is in charge of home affairs. He said he was feeling fine.
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Movie star Tom Hanks announced in Australia on Thursday that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, had both tested positive.
Trudeau said he would be in isolation for two weeks after his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus.
She said she was “experiencing uncomfortable symptoms” adding that she would “be back on my feet soon”.
Canada has reported 145 cases of the virus, a three-fold gain from a week ago. There has been one death.
A host of major sporting events were affected, with the Players Championship golf halted and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix scrapped.
Nepal closed Mount Everest to climbers.
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