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Thousands of people in the Serbian capital Belgrade have been paying their respects to the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church who died after contracting Covid-19.

Patriarch Irinej tested positive for coronavirus early this month and died on Friday, aged 90.

He has been lying in state ahead of his funeral on Sunday. The Serbian government has declared three days of national mourning.

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Doctors had called on mourners to observe coronavirus guidance amid a surge in cases in the country.

But thousands of people queued to pay their respects in churches in Belgrade.

Some wore face masks and observed

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