Head of Serbian Orthodox Church tests positive for virus

The Serbian Orthodox Church says the Patriarch, Porfirije, has examined positive for COVID-19

BELGRADE, Serbia — The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Porfirije has examined positive for COVID-19, the church stated on Tuesday, amid a surge in infections within the nation and elsewhere within the Balkan area.

Porfirije has developed “very gentle signs of the virus an infection” and stays in house isolation, stated the assertion. It added that Porfirije is finishing up administrative duties completely without issues.

Porfirije on Sunday attended a mass ceremony in Republika Srpska, the Serb-run half of neighboring Bosnia, the place few individuals wore face masks.

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Serbia reported practically 9,000 new infections on Monday within the nation of 7 million individuals. The quantity of day by day new circumstances has risen sharply after the New Year celebrations that included open-air concert events and relaxed anti-virus guidelines.

Experts say the present rise in circumstances is pushed by the fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus and is more likely to worsen additional. Epidemiologist Predrag Kon on Monday criticized the virus insurance policies by the authorities.

“Everything that was organized mustn’t have occurred,” stated Kon. “Belgrade exploded after New Year and now it is spreading to the remainder of Serbia.”

Serbia has recorded over 1.3 million circumstances of an infection because the begin of the pandemic whereas practically 13,000 individuals have died of COVID-19.

Infections have been on the rise in neighboring Croatia the place authorities additional restricted gatherings from Tuesday, widened the necessary use of face masks and urged corporations to prepare house work when attainable.

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Croatia’s neighbor, Slovenia, has tightened entry guidelines whereas virus infections have been on the rise additionally in Bosnia and in Montenegro.

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