In Romania, the new law on quarantine and self-isolation has taken effect on Tuesday. The bill introduced by the Government was drastically amended by Parliament, after the Constitutional Court ruled that such restrictions can only be imposed by law, even in the case of COVID-19 patients.
The Orban Cabinet convened Tuesday morning to introduce the provisions of the new law in an executive order that extends the state of alert by 30 days, as of July 17. Under the new law, healthcare authorities may decide that patients be hospitalised for 48 hours, for an assessment of their state, after which doctors may either extend the hospitalisation period or send the patient home, if the risk of disease transmission is low. Patients may challenge in court the obligation to self-isolate. The same applies for quarantine measures, which concern people coming from high-risk areas or who have been in contact with infected people, Radio Romania International informs.
PM Orban: New type of reporting the cases of infection with novel coronavirus to be implemented
In the next period, several ministerial orders will be issued, including, among others, the “obligation of the
new type of reporting” on the situation of cases of infection with the new coronavirus, Prime Minister Orban said on Tuesday, at the end of the video-conference with the representatives of the Public Health Directorates on the management of the health crisis, following the entry into force of the new law on quarantine and isolation – Law 136/2020.
“The order on the operation of diagnostic centers, an order which should include, on the one hand, the obligation of the new type of reporting. It is known that in the law there is an article establishing the change of the reporting system, namely the distinct mention of cases of people who are diagnosed for the first time, who test positive, and the separate presentation of people who are retested, with the diagnosis they have, either positive or negative. (…) Also, a certain prioritisation with regard to testing, in which priority should be given to those who need testing, for whom testing is required, based on the evaluation protocol. Only after that, should be tested, for example, people who want to travel for other purposes, tourist purposes and who need a result. There should also be a clear distinction between those who need testing, as they have symptoms, they fit within the testing protocol and those who request testing for other reasons,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.
He said another ministerial order would be aimed at conducting epidemiological investigations.
“I decided together with Minister Tataru that an order will be issued that will establish very clearly the procedures from the moment a person tests positive, how the epidemiological investigation is ordered, which is the deadline for conducting the epidemiological investigation, most likely 24 hours, the measures that are to be decided regarding the people who came in contact with the person who was diagnosed as being infected with coronavirus,” Orban explained.
The prime minister also said that the talks at the Ministry of Health also focused on “details to improve communication between the Public Health Directorates and the hospitals, the diagnostic centers”.
I asked Police to support the DSPs for rapid identification of coronavirus positive contacts
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban called on the Police to support the public health directorates for the rapid identification of persons who came into contact with people infected with the novel coronavirus, so that measures of home isolation or quarantine can be ordered as soon as possible.
“I have asked the Police to support the public health directorates in the rapid identification of persons who have come into contact with infected persons, so that the measures of isolation at home or quarantine can be ordered as soon as possible, should the latter be requested by the citizen,” Ludovic Orban stated at the end of the video-conference with prefects on the management of the sanitary crisis, after the entry into force of the Law on quarantine and isolation.
The Prime Minister added that he also requested the Police to resume the checks to ensure that the persons for whom the isolation or quarantine was ordered respect the measure imposed by the sanitary authorities.
Significant increase in COVID cases and risk of virus community transmission
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that in this period Romania is faced not just with a significant increase in the number of COVID cases, but also with a higher risk of community transmission of the virus, and he called again on all citizens to abide by the rules.
“We are faced with a significant increase not only in the number of cases, but also in the risk of the virus being transmitted inside communities. Whereas on June 1 we had at least one case in the last 14 days for 350 localities, today there is at least one case in 954 localities in the last 14 days, which means that there is a risk of transmission due to the presence of at least one infected person in more than 950 localities. This means a significant increase in the risk of transmission and calls for higher determination of the authorities in imposing all the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus,” PM Orban said at the end of today’s video conference with the prefects on the management of the health crisis, following the coming in force of the quarantine and isolation law.
The Prime Minister added that he demanded firmness in the enforcement of the rules in all institutions and companies, regardless of their activity.
“Everyone must follow the rules. One of the preconditions for reducing the risk of virus transmission is the constant increase in the share of the population, in the number of Romanian citizens who follow the rules and who protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus. This must be done both through information campaigns and by imposing firm sanctions for those who do not respect the laws,” Orban added, according to Agerpres.