Coordination centre to deal with risks related to coronavirus infections becomes operational
A coordination centre became operational on Tuesday morning to keep in touch with the public health departments and the healthcare facilities under the authority of the Health Ministry for real-time identification of the risks related to coronavirus infection and establishing required measures.
“The operational centre will provide us with the up-to-date situation, all the useful and vital information for establishing the correct measures for the epidemic stages we find ourselves in. We will know about the existing medicine stocks, medical devices and disinfectants nationwide in hospitals, as well as the number of healthcare staff involved in the actions we conduct to contain infection, the number of free beds in the infectious disease wards and ICU, so that we can act in a coordinated way,” said acting Minister of Health Victor Costache who went on Tuesday to the coordination centre, where he held a video conference with those involved.
Costache also unveiled a plan of measures for the preparation of hospitals, one of them being the limitation of scheduled hospitalisations in relation to the bed occupancy rate (including ICU beds) and local epidemiological developments. Depending on the dynamics of the situation, it may even be decided to ban scheduled admissions.
“Hospitals will report bed occupancy rates daily to the centralised electronic system of the coordination centre. The measure is required both to secure the capacity to take over cases by hospitals, as well as to the correct and efficient management of material and human resources. Adequate public communication will be secured so that, during this period, the public will only call on hospitals for emergencies. The aim is to avoid the overcrowding at healthcare facilities,” according to a press statement released by the Strategic Communication Group (GSC).
In addition, a support network for infectious disease hospitals has been established. Depending on the contagiousness of non-coronavirus cases, support hospitals will be established, where patients will be transferred from infectious disease hospitals.
“In the first phase, it is recommended that the support hospitals should not be represented by the important emergency hospitals in the area, which can provide medical assistance for the other medical-surgical emergencies. Included in the network of support may be hospitals from other counties as well, mainly those with infectious disease wards, as well as hospitals from networks other than under the authority of the Ministry of Health (Ministry of Transport, Ministry of National Defence, private hospitals).”
In the ministry’s plan, measures are also provided for the case of the crisis spreading and hospitals for infectious diseases getting overwhelmed, as well as regulations regarding the use of protective equipment.
HealthMin Costache: Testing capacity for COVID-19 has increased at national level
Health Minister Victor Costache told a news conference on Tuesday that the testing capacity for COVID-19 increased at national level.
“The testing capacity at national level has increased and we communicated through the Public Health National Institute and the Public Health Directorates to run tests for all the atypical cases of pneumonia in hospitals and, obviously, such a patient was diagnosed [the man who tested positive for COVID-19 at the “Dimitrie Gerota” Hospital],” the Minister said, according to Agerpres.
He brought to mind that an epidemiological investigation is currently being carried out at the “Dimitrie Gerota” Hospital.
According to the Health Minister, the doctors of this hospital were placed in isolation at home, undergoing testing.
“In any case of COVID-19 being confirmed, an epidemiological investigation is made and the contacts are isolated,” Costache said.
When asked whether there are enough tests for the novel coronavirus, Victor Costache responded: “For now yes and other tests are being ordered everyday, each centre with diagnostic capacity has tests distributed for another week.”
Romanians coming from Italy by train to go into quarantine or self isolation
CFR Calatori, Romania’s national passenger railway corporation, announces that it has taken additional measures to fight against the coronavirus epidemic; thus, the Romanian citizens leaving Italy for Romania and using the rail transport to do so will go into quarantine or self-isolation upon arriving in Romania.
According to CFR Calatori, they will take this responsibility by filling in a bona fide statement upon boarding the train.
At the same time, foreign citizens using the rail transport will not be allowed to cross the Romanian border if they come from Italy.
The measures were taken by the National Emergency Management Committee at a meeting on March 9 to combat the Covid-19 epidemic.
“The refund of the tickets purchased for this period in case the trip is canceled is carried out according to the international regulations in force, brought to your notice upon purchase.”
25 persons tested positive for coronavirus nationwide
A number of 25 persons have tested positive for coronavirus nationwide, five of whom are already healed, the Strategic Communication Group informed on Tuesday.
“There is a total of 25 persons who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) nationwide, up to this moment. Five of them are already healed. Today, eight more persons tested positive for the virus in Bucharest,” said the same source.
According to the Strategic Communication Group, on Monday 280 calls were recorded to the single number for emergencies 112 and 2,376 to the special information line (0800.800.358) opened for informing citizens.
Romanian citizens abroad can request information about virus prevention and combating at the phone number dedicated for them – +4021.320.20.20.
Eight confirmed COVID 19 infection cases in Bucharest
Eight coronavirus infection cases have been confirmed in Bucharest, according to the Strategic Communication Group.
They are a 31-year-old woman of Ilfov County, who came into contact with the girlfriend of a 49-year-old man, the first confirmed case in Bucharest; a man, 32, of Bucharest who came into contact with a patient who was admitted to the Gerota Hospital; a pregnant woman, 30, of Bucharest who came into contact with the patient who was admitted to the Gerota Hospital; a 3-year-old child of Bucharest who came into contact with the same patient admitted to the Gerota Hospital.
Also confirmed with the new type of coronavirus are a woman, 36, of Bucharest who returned on February 29 from Israel and went to the Matei Bals National Institute with coronavirus infection symptoms; a 35-year-old woman of Bucharest who returned on February 29 from Israel and went to the Matei Bals National Institute with coronavirus infection symptoms; a 34-year-old man of Bucharest, who returned on February 27 from London, the United Kingdom, who went to the Matei Bals National Institute with coronavirus infection symptoms; a 41-year-old woman who returned from Munich, Germany, on March 7 and who went to the Matei Bals National Institute with coronavirus infection symptoms.