Closed borders, grounded planes, insufficient hospital beds, empty supermarket shelves, police officers and army patrolling the streets: this is the everyday reality in many countries following the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Here in Serbia infections are rising. Schools have been closed since 16 March, people over 65  are forbidden to leave their homes, a 12-hour curfew is in place, public transport has stopped, and borders have closed. While the immediate concern is for peoples’ health and safety, businesses are also suffering, incomes are falling, and many who rely on the informal economy no longer have work.

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