President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday– the day when the number of new cases of COVID-19, the number of deaths caused by the new coronavirus and those infected and hospitalized in Intensive Care reached the highest values since the outbreak of the pandemic– that these figures are extremely high. “They represent an alarm signal, restrictive measures are inevitable,” the president told a press conference hosted by the Cotroceni Palace.
“Romania has seen the largest increase in the number of cases since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the last week. Extremely worrying figures. Three correlated indicators sound a strong alarm that we all have a responsibility to take into account. The current trend is an accelerated increase in the rate of infections, leading to increased hospital occupancy. Restrictive measures are inevitable. The sooner they are introduced and observed, the sooner they will take effect and be able to be lifted again. The situation is complicated not only in Romania, but also in the rest of European countries. I send a special message of gratitude and thanks to all doctors and medical staff in Romania for their professionalism and dedication during an extremely difficult period. These people deserve our respect and admiration because they are always in the forefront, in the fight against the virus “, the president declared.
“I want to assure doctors, nurses, hospital managers, those in the public health departments, that I stand by them and that together we will face this crisis. It is a struggle not only of the medical system, it is a struggle in which we all have a great responsibility. I have said it countless times – no matter how much we wish- the epidemiological situation does not allow us to return to the normality we had before the outbreak of the pandemic, and the more the number of cases, the further we move away from this expected point . Do you want to head to the overcrowding of hospitals? Or we choose to have social life, jobs, viable economy. We can have these thingsobserving the rules – wearing a mask, social distance, hand hygiene, avoiding congestions, working from home where possible are things that are in our power,” the head of state specified.
The President said that the number of tests for COVID-19 was increasing, but that there was a problem with qualified staff to process the tests.
On Wednesday, Health Minister Nelu Tataru also urged the population to follow the COVID-19 health rules, emphasising that the COVID-19 pandemic is not sorted out in hospitals.
He added that by following with rules, the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections will be reduced as community transmission decreases.