Serbia

  1. Catalans venture out to eat again

    Barcelona cafe, 23 Nov 20
    Image caption: Most of Barcelona's cafes and restaurants have reopened

    Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region is easing restrictions, with bars, cafes, restaurants and gyms reopening, having been closed for five weeks.

    But night life is still banned because of a curfew from 10pm, which also applies throughout Spain.

    Catalonia's eating places can only accept 30% of their normal clientele indoors. Cinemas and concert halls are also reopening, but they can only operate half-full.

    Spanish airports now require visitors arriving from “high-risk” countries – including the UK – to present a negative test certificate no more than 72 hours old. If they don't have one they can be fined, and must take an antigen test, which delivers results in about one hour.

    Elsewhere in Europe:

    • In Serbia, the rules are being tightened because of rising infections. All shops and catering outlets now have to close by 6pm. Face masks must be worn indoors and in crowded outdoor areas
    • Neighbouring Croatia is closing nightclubs and banning the sale of alcohol after 10pm
    • Leaders in the 16 German federal states favour extending the current “lockdown light” until 20 December, because they remain worried about the infection rate. Currently eating places and hotels are shut, and social contacts are severely restricted for households.
  2. What's the latest across Europe?

    Patriarch Irinej
    Image caption: Patriarch Irinej was head of Serbia's Orthodox Church for 10 years

    The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej, has died in hospital, weeks after leading a large public funeral for Montenegro's most senior cleric, who also died of Covid-19. The patriarch was 90. Thousands of mourners attended the 2 November funeral without masks or practising social distancing. You can read more on that here.

    There's concern in Greece too, where the head of the Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been admitted to hospital with mild Covid symptoms. Ieronymos, 80, has backed the government's strict Covid rules. But a 62-year-old Greek bishop who insisted on maintaining communion ceremonies despite the pandemic was buried this week.

    The EU may conditionally authorise the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in the second half of December, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, as long as it gets the go-ahead from the EU medicines agency.

    Germany's daily infection rate has hit a new record 23,648 cases in 24 hours. The transmission or reproduction rate is estimated at just below one, so for every 100 people infected, another 99 people are catching the virus.

    Amazon in France has agreed to postpone its Black Friday promotion by a week to early December, under a proposal by Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire. Non-essential shops are pushing to reopen at the end of next week.

    Bars and restaurants in Sweden will tonight have to stop serving alcohol from 22:00 (21:00 GMT). And Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences is now calling for a rethink on the decision not to recommend wearing face masks - it says they should be worn in public indoors.

  3. Telford, Little Yugoslavia

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    Video caption: Jelena Sofronijevic tells a story of Serbia, Yugoslavia - and Telford.

    Jelena Sofronijevic tells a story of Serbia, Yugoslavia - and Telford.

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    Video caption: Srebrenica: Scaled-back ceremony marks 25 years since massacre

    Restrictions put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus meant fewer dignitaries were able to attend the ceremony.

  5. Serb president backtracks on weekend curfew plans

    Guy Delauney

    BBC News, Belgrade

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says it is unlikely there will be a long-weekend curfew in Belgrade. It follows overnight protests in the capital after he announced a possible lockdown.

    Mr Vucic says the final decision will be made tomorrow by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar.

    He asked protesters to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus - and blamed right-wing extremists for the violent scenes at the National Assembly. Opposition parties had announced plans for another protest this evening.

    Serbia has reported 341 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

    Police officers stand guard as demonstrators gather during an anti-government rally, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in front of the parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia, July 8, 2020
    Image caption: Police are guarding the Serb parliament again this evening after Tuesday night's violent scenes
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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Protesters and police clash outside Serbian parliament

    Protesters gathered to voice anger against stricter lockdown measures that will come into force this weekend.