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President Iohannis: State of alert to be extended by 30 days

President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday that the state of alert will be extended by 30 days.

“Under these circumstances, in which not only does the number of patients not decrease, but it increases, it is obvious that the state of alert will be extended for 30 days. (…) Only the restrictions that are now in force will be maintained. The introduction of new restrictions is not ordered now, and, unfortunately, having this evolution, we cannot discuss on introducing new relaxations,” the head of state announced in a statement at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He stressed that the epidemiological situation is not good and recalled that on Wednesday more than 600 people were detected with COVID-19. The head of state appealed to Romanians to respect the norms.

“This is a lot, and in this context, dear Romanians, I want to tell you three things: protect yourself, protect yourself and protect others. Wearing a mask, keeping your distance are safe ways to stop the spread of this epidemic. Follow the rules,” said Iohannis.

The head of state stated that no measures will be taken that “inhibit” the economy.

“The government is preparing and will present in due course new normative acts and decisions that put into practice the Economic Recovery Program that has been presented. Economic recovery is extremely important after this complicated period we have gone through,”  Iohannis added, according to Agerpres.

The head of state said that on Friday and Saturday he will attend the European Council meeting, where the economic recovery will be discussed.

“It is very important for Romania to obtain a sum as consistent as possible for the revival of the economy, this is what I will fight there for, together with the entire Romanian team,” Iohannis also stated.

President Iohannis had a meeting on measures to manage the COVID-19 epidemic with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan, Interior Minister Marcel Vela, Health Minister Nelu Tataru, and the Head of the Department for Emergency Situations Raed Arafat.

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