President Klaus Iohannis conveyed on Monday condolences to the families of the persons who died because of the infection with the novel coronavirus.
“Dear Romanians, unfortunately, the inevitable occurred and our country is confronted with the tragic situation of the first deaths in the context of the infection with the novel coronavirus. My heart goes out to the bereaved families and I am sending them my condolences and strength in these dramatic moments,” the head of state said.
Let’s be responsible; it is not time for political battles
The head of state called to responsibility and criticized politicians’ attempts to use the coronavirus crisis in the electoral battle.
“Let us be responsible and not contribute to the prolongation of a difficult period for everyone. In these dramatic moments, the attempts by some politicians, including local elected officials, to use the coronavirus crisis in the electoral battle are all the more reprehensible. It is not time for political battles. To try to gain political capital in these moments denotes a frightening cynicism and an unimaginable lack of responsibility,” said Iohannis.
He stressed that the gravity of the situation is unprecedented and requires unity.
Message to pensioners: Limit any movement outside home, except for strictly necessary
President Klaus Iohannis called on pensioners on Monday to limit any movement outside their dome, except those which are strictly necessary.
“Dear pensioners, don’t expose yourselves to a huge risk, limit any travel outside your home, except those which are strictly necessary,” the head of state said.
“We’ll take tougher measures when absolutely mandatory”
The Romanian authorities will take “even tougher measures the moment they become absolutely mandatory” to restrict the COVID-19 spread, President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday.
“We are confronted with an unprecedented situation, in which the life of each citizen is up to firm decisions. I want each Romanian to understand we shall not stop and we will take even tougher measures the moment they become absolutely mandatory to restrict the spread of the virus,” the head of state said.
Iohannis pointed out that, together with PM Ludovic Orban and the ministers, he is constantly assessing the development of the infection spread.
“The restrictive measures so far have been taken gradually, depending on the stage in which we were from the point of view of the virus being transmitted inside the community. As a man who loves democracy, any restriction on the exercise of fundamental rights troubles me deeply. The generations that have had the most to suffer from the deprivations of a regime that suppressed our rights and freedoms for decades in a row probably understand best how difficult it is to take such measures today. It is not an easy decision, but it is necessary to protect the health of Romanians and their families,” said Iohannis.
The head of state also spoke of the aid to be given to those in need.
“Nonetheless, we shall equally continue to help all those affected by this crisis. The social and economic measures adopted recently will be added a new package, meant to solve the problems of even more categories of entrepreneurs and businessmen confronted with great difficulties,” Klaus Iohannis said.