The streets of Belgrade were almost empty on Sunday, during a 38 hours extended curfew which was implemented on Saturday to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The curfew is set to last last until 05:00 Monday (04:00 GMT), with only those permits to work during the curfew and pet owners allowed to leave their homes.

Footage filmed at some of the main touristic areas of Belgrade such as Knez Mihajlova street and the Serbian Parliament building could be spotted completely deserted, while all parks, including the largest in the city, Kalemegdan Park, were closed.

Vehicles and personnel from the recently arrived Russian coronavirus aid team can also be seen outside a Belgrade hospital in the footage.

Although the Balkan country has had daily curfews from 17:00 (16:00 GMT) to 05:00 (04:00 GMT), the government decided on Friday to start implementing 38 hour curfews every weekend, due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and concerns that warmer weather would lead to more people leaving the home.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Serbia has recorded over 1,624 cases of coronavirus, with 44 of them ending in death, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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