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Church head who led open-casket funeral of bishop killed by Covid-19 succumbs to Covid-19

The head of a Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, died at a Belgrade hospital on Friday after contracting coronavirus, according to a statement from the church. 90-year-old Irinej led an open-casket funeral service for the church’s top cleric in Montenegro, Metropolitan Amfilohije Radović, on November 1. Amfilohije’s body had been displayed in an open casket […]

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Coronavirus spreads following Covid-unbeliever bishop’s public funeral in Montenegro

Serbia’s leading religious figure has contracted coronavirus, days after attending a large public funeral for a senior bishop who died of Covid-19. Patriarch Irinej, the 90-year-old head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, was admitted to hospital on Wednesday. He led the funeral of the church’s most senior cleric in Montenegro, 82-year-old Amfilohije Radovic, on Sunday. […]

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Serbia’s health system overloaded by coronavirus patients as anti-government protests continue

The protests in Serbia entered for the 8th consecutive day against the government and the way it is handling the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of people gathered at the in front of the central prison in Belgrade to protest against the arrests made during the protests on Monday. The clashes between citizens and police injured dozens. […]

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Serbia: Nationwide anti-government protests continue amid coronavirus curbs

Countrywide protests against the restrictions enforced by the Serbian government to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic entered the fifth day on Saturday. The protests which began on Tuesday evening in Belgrade after President Aleksandar Vucic announced the return of weekend curfew among other measures to combat the pandemic. The demonstrations have spread to other […]

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Serbia: Anti-lockdown protests mature into anti-government protests as daily case count spikes

Thousands of protesters across Serbia demonstrated against President Aleksander Vucic’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Demonstrators were defying a ban on mass gatherings amid a spike in virus infections, they tried to storm into the Serbian parliament in central Belgrade, throwing bottles, firecrackers, rocks and flares. Protesters removed metal fencing and attacked policemen. Police first […]

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Serbia dumps curfew plans after violent anti-lockdown protests

The Serbian government scrapped a plan to impose a weekend coronavirus curfew in Belgrade after two nights of protests in the capital. Dozens of police and protesters have been injured. Instead, PM Ana Brnabic announced more measures, including a ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people indoors or outdoors in the capital. Shops, […]