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Serbia Reopens A Makeshift Hospital Inside the Main Sports Arena in Belgrade

Αssociated Press

A man wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus walks by closed shop, with the image of Mona Lisa on the shutters, in downtown Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s army has reopened a makeshift hospital inside the main sports arena in the capital, Belgrade, in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients.

The hospital has 510 beds. Ten doctors and 20 other medical staff are on standby awaiting first patients, Serbia’s Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin said Monday as he inspected the vast hall.

Serbia had been experiencing relatively low rates of infection when compared to neighboring countries but is now faced with a new surge. The Balkan country of 7 million has recorded over 36,000 virus cases and 776 deaths.