Serbia’s coronavirus cases reach 19,334
- 15 July 2020
The number of coronavirus infections in Serbia increased by 351 in the past 24 hours to reach 19,334, while the number of coronavirus-related fatalities climbed to 429, the national health ministry said Wednesday.
According to the agency, 11 more people died in the past 24 hours, the death rate stands at 2.22%, while 169 coronavirus patients are put on ventilators. In a single day, 8,393 people were tested for the virus. On Tuesday, the ministry reported 344 new infections. Overall, the country hospitalized 4,858 patients with coronavirus, meanwhile, 515,395 people were tested for the virus across the country.
Currently, 20 cities and municipalities across Serbia imposed a state of emergency. According to medical workers, the second wave in the country is distinguished by severe symptoms and a large number of younger people among those who contracted the virus. The average age of the infected people is between 30 and 50, 70% of the cases report pneumonia. The national healthcare system is currently overloaded, hospitals are full. Doctors also note that mass rallies that broke out in Serbia on July 7 worsened the epidemiological situation.
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.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 13,477,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 581,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 7,870,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.