The Senate plenary on Thursday evening gave a favorable vote to the draft law on the establishment of measures in the field of public health in situations of epidemiological and biological risk.
There were 115 votes in favor, eight against and three abstentions.
The Senate is the decision-making body in the case of this draft law.
PM Orban: I trust we will have the Quarantine Law, so that there were all the levers to fight the pandemic
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday that he had told lawmakers it was very important that the draft law on quarantine and isolation be adopted on Thursday, so that there were all the levers to fight the pandemic.
“I wanted to personally participate in the debate in the Senate’s Legal Committee. I sent them the message I wanted to convey, namely that it is very important for this law be adopted. I hope that after the extremely long debates all the divergent points were solved and I am confident that during the day the law will be approved by the plenary of the Senate, and the term of notification will run and later be promulgated by the President of Romania,” the Prime Minister said in the Senate.
Orban said he was satisfied with the current form, even if there were still points of view that did not coincide with the original text.
“Of course, the law has been amended compared to the bill we submitted, of course there are points of view that do not completely coincide. The current form is, however, a form that allows us to act effectively against the spread of the virus and to defend the health and life of citizens. I am confident that today we will have the law that will allow us to make the best decisions and have all the levers that all European governments have to fight the pandemic,” the Premier said.
The Senate’s meeting, scheduled to begin on Thursday at 12.00, was suspended until the finalization of the bill on quarantine and isolation in the Legal Committee.
No grounds for quarantine, isolation law to be challenged with constitutional court
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday that there was no ground for the bill on quarantine and isolation to be challenged with the Constitutional Court, even in its current form, or in its original form.
“No. From my point of view today there is no ground [for the bill to be challenged]. In fact, there would have been no grounds for the bill as we thought it to be challenged. It having been debated in Parliament for so long, I think, has nullified any possible small things that could have been speculated to be challenged with the court. It is important that it be adopted today,” Orban said at the Senate, where he attended a meeting of the Judiciary Committee.
He added that once the law enters into force, the capacity of government and health authorities will be greater when it comes to implement the rules imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There was a time when we could not order isolation at home for people who had come in contact with infected people,” the prime minister explained.
According to Orban, there were people diagnosed with coronavirus who were discharged from the hospital before they were cured and who could not be isolated. “However, such instances have obviously increased the risk of the virus spreading. With the entry into force of the law, we will have the necessary tools to fight effectively against the spread of the virus,” he said, according to Agerpres.
In his opinion, it is important for the patient when making a decision to make it after an evaluation by a specialist doctor, aware of all the risks.
Health system coped with treatment requests; measure plans – prepared
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Thursday, referring to the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 infection, that plans are being prepared for the health system to cope with any situation “up to a limit,” adding that if people are not healthy, they cannot enjoy other rights.
“The health system, as you have seen both during the state of emergency and in the state of alert, is a system that has dealt with treatment requests, we have prepared action plans to deal with any situation, of course, to a limit,” Orban said at the Senate when asked about the number of infections with the novel coronavirus.
Asked who would assume responsibility for the increase in the number of cases, Orban said: “Good question. How would Government assume responsibility, the Government has ordered all the measures that were annulled by decisions of the Constitutional Court, made at the request of the Ombudsman.”