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November 30, 2022
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Secretary of State Arafat: Lack of tools to discourage those who do not want to abide by rules, major problem

The lack of tools to discourage those who do not want to follow the rules, in the middle of a battle in which compliance with the rules is a fundamental condition to prevent a large-scale public health catastrophe, becomes a major problem, says the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Dr. Raed Arafat, in a post on his Facebook page.

Raed Arafat shows the impact of the decision on the unconstitutionality of the fines given for non-compliance with the measures imposed in the COVID-19 case.

“I have made it clear that I am not discussing or commenting on the decision itself, but it is normal to point out that the lack of tools to discourage those who do not want to abide by the rules, in the midst of a battle in which compliance with the rules is a fundamental condition to prevent a major public health catastrophe is becoming in itself a major problem. Given the situation in which the entire world finds itself, where countries with very advanced health systems have been hit hard, it is normal to take every possible measure to protect the lives of citizens, but also of those who work in the intervention system and in the health care system,” writes the secretary of state in the Ministry of Interior.

He says he understands “the anger and frustration of citizens who want to return to the normalcy before the pandemic as soon as possible.”

“The fact that in Romania the impact of this virus has been a controlled one and has not reached the proportions it has reached in some countries makes many people ask more and more questions about the further need for measures taken at the level of the authorities. I wonder though how we will explain the situation if by not respecting the rules and by hasty relaxation measures that lead us to the ‘normalcy’ desired and requested by a part of the population and by economic operators we ended up losing everything we gained together in the last two months, and instead of reducing the number of cases and the number of deaths, they would increase significantly. No one can come up with an answer at this time to guarantee that this cannot happen. That is why a gradual relaxation becomes necessary, with rules and regular evaluations, in order to prevent the situation from getting out of hand. As such, out of respect for the majority that complies with the rules and do everything possible to protect themselves and their peers, we must also have the means by which we can take action against those who do not want to abide by the rules, endangering the lives of the majority,” Raed Arafat said.

According to Dr. Arafat, “the fact that the virus seems innocent to most who become infected with it, leaving them with mild symptoms or even asymptomatic, does not change the fact that the virus is a killer that causes complex and sometimes fatal diseases for some people.”

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