President Klaus Iohannis has promulgated the Law on the establishment of measures in the field of public health in situations of epidemiological and biological risk, the Presidential Administration announced on Saturday.
The controversial bill on quarantine and isolation was passed by the Senate, the decision-making body in this matter, on Thursday evening.
In six days of debates, numerous changes were made to the bill initiated by the Government. Earlier, in the Chamber of Deputies, the document, harshly criticized by specialists, opposition and NGOs, had been changed. In the form in which it was definitively voted, the law stipulates, among other things, that the quarantine measure is established on the basis of official scientific statements and case definition, at the person’s home, at a location declared by them or in a space designated by the authorities, Radio Romania International informs.
On June 25, Constitutional Court judges ruled that isolation at home, quarantine and hospitalisation cannot be imposed based on ministerial order, even if the persons in question are infected with the novel coronavirus. They said that imposing restrictive measures could only be established by a law that clearly regulated them.
PM Orban: I asked database preparation to enforce law on quarantine and self-isolation next week
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban on Friday informed that he asked those who are in charge with the medical system, the heads of the public health directorates to prepare the databases with the persons who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and requested to be discharged from the hospital on their own responsibility and also with those persons who are considered as contacts so as to be able to issue the decisions on the treatment and isolation at home once with the coming into force, next week, of the law on quarantine and self isolation.
“I asked them to prepare the databases with the persons who requested to be discharged from the hospital on their own responsibility and those who are considered as contacts after they were subject to epidemiological investigations, to prepare, in advance, the measures to … the decisions that establish isolation at home for a period of 14 days. Basically, I asked them to prepare for the moment when the law comes into force [the law on quarantine and isolation – editor’s note], which will be Tuesday, most precisely, and to have the databases already prepared by then, included in terms of the information systems and the possibility to issue decisions as fast as possible,” stated Orban, after the videoconference held at the MAI (Ministry of Interior) headquarters with prefects and heads of the institutions involved in combating the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to Agerpres, the Prime Minister specified that he will organise another videoconference and will have a meeting on Monday with the College of the Ministry of Health to discuss in detail all the measures that must be taken.