Loan worth USD 100 million from World Bank FOR Serbia’s FIGHT against coronavirus

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The World Bank has announced that it approved a loan of USD 100 million to Serbia for combating the coronavirus pandemic. The World Bank’s loan will be used for financing “up to 12 stations for fast testing of passengers entering Serbia”, one at the airports in Belgrade and Nis each, and “up to 10 more” at the other border crossings. In addition, the “coronavirus testing capacity” in Serbia will be increased from 7,000 to more than 9,000 tests per day by using the money from the World Bank for the construction of two regional laboratories at the Clinical Center of Vojvodina, in Novi Sad, and the Clinical Center in Kragujevac. They will be able to process 1,000 samples a day, i.e. about 130 tests per 100,000 inhabitants per day. The World Bank will also help Serbia procure additional protective equipment, connect laboratories that test for COVID-19 to a single electronic system, and “strengthen” diagnostics, hospital intensive care units and isolation units.

Source: Beta

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