Daily says no coronavirus cases in Serbian prisons

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Belgrade daily Politika said on Thursday that no coronavirus cases have been reported in jails across Serbia.

According to the Penitentiaries Department, visits to inmates have been limited to 15 minutes with just one visitor allowed wearing a face mask if there is no glass pane separating them. Visits to the prison hospital in Belgrade have been forbidden and new inmates have to be in separate quarters for 14 days under surveillance, the Department said.  

Politika was told by sources in the Zabela prison in Pozarevac that inmates who have served 90 percent of their sentence will be released. “They are few and there will be no mass release. Masks are worn by some inmates who work in the administration building and some commanders. We sprayed the entire administration building with chlorine recently,” the prison source said.  

The Serbian authorities imposed a state of emergency across the country on Sunday, March 15 calling the population to stay at home to help stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and later imposing a curfew and ban on movement for the elderly.