President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that the new restrictive measures to be applied to contain the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic had been discussed with specialists and are expected to yield results in two, three weeks’ time.
“The pandemic, unfortunately, is a growing concern to us. You have certainly seen the data. Unfortunately, today we have actually passed 10,000 new cases and we predicted this situation last night. The government has decided on new measures that have been well thought out, firm measures that will be implemented from Monday, next week, measures that are designed to significantly contain the pandemic and to effectively slow the spread of the virus to the public. They are measures that will certainly lead to a slowdown in the spread of the virus, measures that affect us all, but under such pandemic circumstances we must be united, we must all be a team, all Romanians must be a team and in the end we will weather this pandemic quite well. Many of the measures that were decided yesterday were in fact expected and I can assure you that they have been discussed with experts, specialists and we are waiting for the first results in two or three weeks’ time,” Iohannis said on a visit to Maramures County.
He noted that in recent weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases increased rapidly. “That showed us that the measures that were taken both nationwide, good measures, and at the local level, however, were not enough and, therefore, new measures have been initiated and are being decided by the government, firmer measures, measures that will be applied everywhere and that will contribute to slowing down the pandemic,” said Iohannis.
As many as 10,260 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania in the last 24 hours were reported on Friday after 38,389 tests nationwide, according to the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force.
Rules must be strictly followed in open markets; otherwise tougher may come
President Klaus Iohannis said on Friday that open-air markets will continue to operate amid the latest COVID-19 measures in the cards, pointing out that the rules must be strictly followed in those places, otherwise tougher measures may come.
“Last night we talked about measures rather generically, especially me in the opening of the government meeting and we indeed talked about markets and fairs being closed, but discussing these issues in more detail with the government I came to the conclusion that probably the wisest solution it would be to close the markets that are in enclosed spaces and let open-air markets operate, if things do not get worse, because it is autumn, small farmers want to come and sell their products there, it is the time when many Romanians make their supplies for the winter, and so the open-air markets, the traditional peasant markets, will remain open but all the rules will have to be strictly followed. There will be checks, and we will take more measures where we see that following the rules is not possible,” said Iohannis.
Gov’t measures – firm enough to allow campaign without lockdown after election
The measures the Government decided and announced on Thursday are “firm enough” to allow the conduct of the election campaign for the general election and avoid a possible lockdown situation after the ballot scheduled for December 6, Klaus Iohannis said.
“I believe the measures we decided together with the Government are firm enough to allow us to have a campaign, to have a life as close to normal as possible, to hold the election safely and to continue after the election without entering the so-called ‘lockdown’ phase, without entering a more serious, ‘lockdown’ stage after the election,” the head of state told a press conference he held during his visit to Maramures County.
Compiled from Agerpres