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January 24, 2022

Polemics on the topic of calculating the novel coronavirus infection rate. HealthMin Voiculescu: There is no scandal between me and Violeta Alexandru

National Liberal Party (PNL)  MP Violeta Alexandru and the Minister of Health, Vlad Voiculescu, had an exchange of remarks on Facebook regarding the official statistics regarding the number of COVID-19 illnesses, Ms Alexandru reproaching the fact that public statements about distrust in numbers increase concern, while Voiculescu replied that the “innovative way” in which the infection rate was calculated before the elections raised some questions.

The discussion, conducted in a friendly language, was followed and commented by several users of the social network.

Vlad Voiculescu, says there is “no scandal” going on between him and the PNL (National Liberal Party ) Deputy Violeta Alexandru on the topic of calculating the novel coronavirus infection rate.

“A civilized discussion is a civilized discussion and nothing more, whether in person, on Facebook or in any other form of communication. There is, therefore, no “scandal” going on between Ms Violeta Alexandru and me on the topic of calculating an indicator. It’s only about a post and a comment about two different ways of calculating. What I can assure you is that the current way of calculating is appropriate for this moment and that there was nothing dramatically wrong with the way that the indicator was calculated before. In general, it’s better to judge the actions,” wrote Voiculescu, on Wednesday, on Facebook.

He claims that “there are no two governments in this world” that have managed the pandemic in the same way.

“Moreover, there is not a single government that has managed the pandemic with the same tools and with the same success since the beginning until today. Some things are improving along the way. This is what we do transparently: we discuss, we bring arguments, we are analyzing and improving what needs to be improved,” the Minister said.


PNL’s Orban: Calculation of SARS-CoV-2 infection rate is transparent, data can not be modified


The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Ludovic Orban, on Wednesday stated that the way in which the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections is calculated was “transparent,” all data are known and cannot be changed in any way, adding that “the Minister of Health must take care of the health of the citizens.”

He was asked about the statement made by the Minister of Health, Vlad Voiculescu, according to which the way in which the infection rate with the novel coronavirus was calculated before the elections raised some questions.

“The Minister of Health must lead the fight against the pandemic, he must support the vaccination process, he must prepare the projects to be financed, both under the PNRR (National Recovery and Resilience Plan) and through the 2021 – 2027 financial exercise, the Minister of Health must follow the approval of all the acquisition projects of hospitals (…), the Minister of Health must be very, very busy. I do not comment a comment. With respect to the calculation of the incidence rate, it was known during the entire time, an application have been developed with the support of the STS (Special Telecommunications Service), called Coronaforms, through which application the whole process became transparent and known. The test centres, the Public Health Directorates, the INSP (National Public Health Institute), the Health House, the family doctors, the diagnosed patients were all there, in the application. And all this data cannot be changed in any way,” Orban said, according to Agerpres.

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