President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that from 20 November there has been a downward trend in the evolution of infections with the novel coronavirus, in the context of zonal quarantine.
“We have carefully analysed the measures on zonal quarantine and in this regard we have requested INSP [the National Public Health Institute] an analysis on the evolution of the epidemic in the quarantined cities and municipalities. The data provided reveal, first of all, that from 20 November there has been a downward trend in the evolution of infections, which is reflected in the number of weekly cases, as well as in the daily average of the number of cases and the degree of positivity,” Klaus Iohannis told a press conference at the Cotroceni Palace.
The head of the state presented an analysis of the situation regarding the evolution of the epidemic in the quarantined cities. He showed that (the epidemic) has reached a certain level and there is a decreasing trend.
“There is concrete evidence that the measures taken by the authorities were correct and that the population respected these measures, which gives us reasons for optimism. It’s a start. We didn’t beat the virus. The measures remain in force,” Iohannis said.
According to him, the zonal quarantine will be imposed where the situation requires it.
I do not intend to promote establishment of so-called lockdown after the elections
President Klaus Iohannis gave assurances on Wednesday that he does not intend to promote the establishment of a quarantine at the national level after the elections.
“I do not intend to promote the establishment of a national quarantine, a so-called lockdown, after the parliamentary elections on December 6. I repeat, there is no intention to enter the lockdown after the elections. I repeat these things because there are unscrupulous politicians who are trying to promote their image with sensational news,” the head of state told a press conference the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
Pared down National Day celebration, no military parade, no public attendance
The ceremony for the celebration of Romania’s National Day on December 1, which traditionally takes place at the Bucharest Triumphal Arch, will be extremely scaled-down this year, with no military parade and without the participation of the general public, President Klaus Iohannis announced on Wednesday at a press conference at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.
“Let me refer to a subject that is already on the public agenda, namely the celebration of National Day. This year we will honor the courage and sacrifices of our forefathers by making ourselves the sacrifice of giving up the joy of participating together in the traditional public events. Yet we will definitely be together in spirit, as a strong nation always united and standing in solidarity when the salvation of our country is at stake. For this reason we have decided that the ceremony that was usually held every year at the Triumphal Arch shall be extremely pared down, with only foreign ambassadors, doctors and medical staff invited to attend,” Iohannis said, according to Agerpres.
With the December 1 military parade canceled, Iohannis concluded that “there will only be a short ceremony (…) and, regrettably, without the participation of the general public. The experts’ recommendation is to renounce all public or private meetings and gatherings, because they boost the spread of the virus. These are recommendations I urge you all to observe on December 1 included.”