Serbia reports 15,829 coronavirus cases, 306 fatalities

TASS Russian News Agency | Jul 4, 2020 at 9:11 PM

BELGRADE, July 4. /TASS/. Coronavirus cases in Serbia have surged by 325 over the past day and reached 15,829, the death toll climbed to 306, the country's Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, eight people died, the biggest number since the outbreak. At least 7,434 tests for the coronavirus were done in the past 24 hours. On Friday, the ministry informed about 309 single-day cases.

As many as 2,347 COVID-19 patients are currently being treated in hospitals. A total of 434,415 people have been tested since the coronavirus epidemic outbreak. The mortality rate stands at 1.93%. Eighty-six people are on ventilators.

On Friday, Belgrade's Mayor Zoran Radojicic declared a state of emergency in the city over the resurgence of coronavirus cases. The emergency was declared in the city as a preventive measure to protect human lives. The decision comes into force after its publication. The mayor said that Belgrade accounts for 82.5% of all the coronavirus cases in Serbia.

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 11,000,000 people have been infected worldwide and about 525,000 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 6,172,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.