Prime Minister Ludovic Orban reacted on Thursday evening to allegations about too little COVID-19 testing in certain counties, stating that this is “a baseless theory”, that the testing capacity has increased and tests are performed as per the case definition.
“I saw the articles written by some journalists. … Testing was done as requested, there are no delays in testing, which is done based on the case definition,” he stressed, pointing also out that the deadline for announcing the result after sampling is regulated in an order of the Health Ministry.
He explained that test numbers depend on the county population and the effective local testing needs.
“The testing capacity has increased, I tell you that we are currently past 50,000 tests and the public health directorates are monitoring the testing method and make sure that all those who meet the requirements are tested within a maximum of 48 hours. The number of tests that can be done in a county depends on the respective county’s need for testing,” said the Premier, according to Agerpres.
He also argued that people are not required to get tested in the county where they live, and cited the example of Bucharest testing centers that receive a significant share of test-seekers who are not domiciled in the capital city.
By organizing parliamentary elections on December 6 there is no additional risk of coronavirus spread
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said in southeastern Constanta on Thursday evening that by holding parliamentary elections on 6 December there is no additional risk of the spread of the coronavirus, if the rules imposed in this regard are respected both in the election campaign and on the day of the vote.
“In my opinion (…), the election campaign if it is organised in accordance with the rules that are presented in the government decision, which were, as a matter of fact, the rules in the campaign for the local elections, as well, there is no additional risk of spreading. If all the candidates campaigning and the teams accompanying them wear the mask, do not approach people, speak from a reasonable distance, respect the maximum number of people at events, remember we have reduced to 20 people indoors and to a maximum of 50 people outdoors, the maximum number of participants in electoral events,” said the Prime Minister, answering the question of whether he is considering postponing the date of the parliamentary elections in conditions where the number of cases of COVID-19 will increase.
Orban asserted that “compliance with the rules does not increase the risk of spread of the virus.”
According to him, on the day of the parliamentary vote, the same preventive measures will be taken as in local elections, going to the polls being similar for citizens, for example, to going to the pharmacy or any shop.