Sandzak residents warn of ‘apocalypse’ over coronavirus

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Serbian soldiers bring beds for a makeshift field hospital to accommodate patients in the city of Novi Pazar on July 3 [File: AFP]

Residents of Serbia’s Sandzak have raised alarm over the number of coronavirus patients in the southwestern region’s hospitals amid a rising death toll, appealing for urgent help from the authorities.

Local media and social media users published videos and photos online last month, showing patients in the region’s central town of Novi Pazar lying on blankets on the floor of a hospital due to overcrowding.

Over the last few weeks, medical staff and patients in the towns of Novi Pazar, Sjenica and Tutin have reported shortages of necessary equipment and personnel.

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