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President Iohannis: Latest data on COVID-19 cases show that epidemic is still on an upward trend in Romania

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that the latest data on COVID-19 cases show an upward trend in the epidemic, adding that social distancing and hygiene measures must be “religiously” observed.

“Unfortunately, today we have passed 10,000 people infected with COVID-19 and we have a significant increase in cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, almost 400 new cases. These data show that the epidemic is still on an upward trend in Romania, and we must continue to strictly observe, I should say almost religiously, the hygiene and social distancing orders. We cannot afford to weaken our resolve at all, because we are not yet at the stage where we can speak of flattening the infection curve in our country,” Iohannis said at a news briefing at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He pointed out that most countries are still at an early stage of the epidemic, and there is a worrying resurgence of cases in countries that have been affected earlier.

“Medical evidence suggests that most of the world’s population can become infected, which means that there is a major risk that the epidemic will rekindle very easily, even in those areas where it seemed to be kept under control. All this shows us once again that national efforts must be doubled by a joint effort at European level to combat the effects of this pandemic,” Iohannis said.

Iohannis said that, in a video conference with members of the European Council on Thursday, he would support the roadmap on economic recovery unveiled by the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission.

 

“I will support the creation of an economic recovery fund “

 

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that he would support the creation of an economic recovery fund that could benefit all EU member states and also mentioned the importance of the EU cohesion policy.

He spoke before a video conference with members of the European Council on measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I will support the creation of an economic recovery fund that can benefit all member states as an additional tool to the support measures already taken at European level. That instrument must be additional to the funding of the future 2021-2027 budget of the union and to be used for the real sectoral needs of the member states, and I mean here, for example, to the healthcare and economic sectors, which are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Iohannis.

At the same time, Iohannis referred to “traditional policies.”

“On the other hand, I will strongly support traditional policies – cohesion and agriculture policy are by no means losing their relevance in the current complicated context. On the contrary, they must remain key policies in the future budget of the union, as they are obviously also intended to bridge development gaps among member states or among European regions,” said the head of state.

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