President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday thanked Romanians for observing the measures imposed by the authorities and also the churches, authorities and medical staff for how they managed the situation during the Easter celebrations.
“Dear Romanians, first of all, I want to thank you for observing the measures imposed by the authorities during these days of celebration. I am very happy to see that we all managed, together, to do what we intended to do, namely to stay home and celebrate God’s Resurrection as best as possible during this time when we are fighting the pandemic. I want to thank you and the churches, the priests who had a significant contribution in organising the religious ceremonies of such a manner to avoid exposing the Romanians to contamination,” said Iohannis in a statement held at the Cotroceni Palace, after the meeting where he assessed the measures regarding the management of the COVID-19 epidemic with members of the Government.
He also thanked the authorities who “were present and knew how to intervene when needed to help the people.”
“Special thanks to the medical staff because, while most of us were at home celebrating the Easter peacefully, they were at work taking care of the ill and they were very, very dedicated,” said Iohannis.
The head of the state also showed in this context that “there also happened some bad things” and condemned the violent manifestations.
Romania might ease COVID-19 restrictions after May 15
President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that after May 15, Romania might move to a stage where COVID-19 restrictions will be eased, provided that the number of new infections and deaths decreases.
“It is time to think about what is called a relaxation plan when the conditions are met. There is now a state of emergency decree in force that ends on May 15. After May 15, if the number of infected persons decreases, if the number of deaths (…) decreases, if we all comply with the measures imposed by the authorities and things are going well, it is clear that we can then move on to a relaxation stage,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Tuesday after a session of assessing the management of the COVID-19 epidemic with members of the government.
He said the easing of restrictions will be done gradually.
“There will not be a sudden relaxation, because specialists tell us that the virus will not disappear. We will have to continue to live with certain restrictions,” he said.
He said the relaxation steps will be established on the basis of scientific and medical evidence.
“These issues will be discussed in detail with specialists, with the Scientific Committee that works with the Ministry of Health, effectively involved in the management of the epidemic. These things will be brought to the public’s notice by the authorities that deal with this matter,” he said, according to Agerpres.
Head of state gives assurance to the elderly: Gov’t not to enforce inhumane restrictions on them
President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday criticised a proposal for the elderly to be quarantined, calling such measure inhumane and totalitarian.
“(…) That will not happen. It is unacceptable. We live in a free society, a society that protects itself in the case of the epidemic, but in no case will we come up with such totalitarian measures, if I may say so. I am telling the elderly: relax, no one comes to take you from home to quarantine, no one comes to impose inhumane things on you. When necessary, we will come up and explain to you what measures to take to protect you from this disease; in no way will the government impose such inhumane measures, which should be out of the question in a 21st century society,” Iohannis told a news conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Tuesday after a session to assess measures for the management of the COVID-19 epidemic with members of the government.
He talked about the responsibility specialists should display.
“I had a counterexample of ‘how not to’ these days, from an institute that in fact is well respected. There was research that came up to explain what needs to be done. That is not acceptable. Not every institute, no matter how well respected it may be, can come up with its own plan and say – ‘this will happen’,” said Iohannis.
Iohannis referenced a the plan under which “someone proposed, for example, an aberrant measure – and aberrant is the operational word here – that people over the age of 65 be quarantined, even taken away from their home to certain quarantine areas.”
He added that “such plans, poorly thought out and poorly presented, only cause public panic, but panic is the last thing we need.”
“So, once again: everyone has to be responsible, including those from different scientific institutes, including people who are considered experts, because we cannot each have our own plan, we must have a plan for Romania, and on such plan we are working together with the Orban government,” Iohannis concluded.