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Serbia logs record number of daily virus cases

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Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk past closed market during reimposed weekend lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 26, 2020. India is the third hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the United States and Brazil. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has reported a record number of daily cases of the new coronavirus.

Health authorities said Sunday that 467 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, the highest number since the start of the outbreak. They said eight people have died.

Epidemiologist Darija Kisic Tepavcevic said, however, that there is reason to be optimistic because there have been fewer people in need of hospitalization.

Serbia has confirmed 23,730 cases of the virus while 534 people have died of COVID-19 in the country of some 7 million people.

Numbers of new infections spiked after the Balkan country fully relaxed lockdown measures in May that critics say was a maneuver to pave the way for a parliamentary vote in June. Authorities have denied this, but the government crisis team has faced calls to step down over its handling of the outbreak.

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