Belgrade, May 29 (EFE) .- The presence of 4,000 fans in a basketball match in a closed pavilion in Belgrade has provoked harsh criticism in Serbia this Saturday, where coronavirus prevention measures still prohibit the presence of spectators at sporting events .
Serbian epidemiologist Predrag Kon, a member of the government body for managing the pandemic, called the turnout to the final match of the ABA regional basketball league final between Red Star and Montenegrin Podgorica last night in Belgrade as “unacceptable”.
“For some, the effort made by the State and society as a whole does not mean anything,” Kon told local television K1, warning that although the epidemiological situation in Serbia improves and the number of infections now hovers around 360 daily -65 of them in Belgrade-, “the virus is present”.
Kon insisted on the risk despite the good rate of vaccination in Serbia, less pronounced among the young population, and considered that the presence of 4,000 fans in the match “is a direct call for the violation of the measures.”
The local press recalls that the Red Star had been fined in two previous matches with an approximate equivalent of 5,000 euros for having allowed the entrance of 800 and 1,300 spectators.
Kon asked for “a few weeks of patience”, referring to the fact that the authorities will analyze at the end of June if there is a relaxation of the measures against the pandemic. EFE
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