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HealthMin Tataru: On the second half of October we could see a declining path in COVID-19 cases

Health Minister Nelu Tataru said in Piatra Neamt on Monday that he expected that on the second half of October Romania’s COVID-19 caseload entered a declining path.

The Health Minister pointed out that for this thing to happen, the population must observe the rules for preventing and combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection spread.

“We have a quite busy month of September: the reopening of schools, cinemas, theatre halls, people coming back from holidays, overcrowding in public transport means, the election campaign, the elections on 27 September. Each of these activities has some enforcement and conduct rules aimed at a safe unfolding and at the lowest risks. Observing these rules means staying on a plateau, round 1,500 cases, or alternating round this figure. If we maintain this, then we can think that on the second half of October we could see a declining slope. For now, we are going on that plateau. We are on the second bump of the first pandemic wave. We hope to be able to manage well this school year start as well. As we remain in the same register, we hope that on the second half of October we go on a declining slope,” Tataru said.

He pointed out that a full assessment on the effects of reopening schools would be ready at the end of September – the beginning of October.

“For now we are managing all cases and the new ones resulting after testing. Nonetheless our landmarks remain the addressability to the emergency rooms, intensive care and the number of deaths,” the Health Minister said, according to Agerpres.

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