Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Tuesday that at its next sitting on Thursday or Friday, the government will discuss what COVID-19 containment measures to lift from June 1, mentioning that there is no reason not to move on with a timetable for lifting the measures.
“We have presented a timetable – June 1, July 1, August 1. We stick to that timetable. At the next government meeting – I think the meeting will be on Thursday or Friday – we will have the measures for June 1. If necessary to adjust for the other times, we will adjust now. I have had talks (…) with those who are directly affected, we will improve some of the measures according to the talks,” Citu said on Tuesday before a convention of the National Liberal Party (PNL) leadership.
The prime minister added that the goal of the vaccination campaign is to get rid of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We see that we have very good figures in terms of reducing the positive rate,” he said.
“The aim of the vaccination campaign is to get rid of the pandemic. That vaccination campaign that we have been doing lately has had results. The third wave, as we can see, has disappeared. The number of people with COVID-19 in intensive care is now 600, down from 1,600, while the number of people testing positive is also declining every. We have these results, we have no reason not to move on with lifting – on June 1, July 1, August 1,” added Citu, according to Agerpres.
PM Citu: I want a clear procedure; in case something happens, to return to COVID hospitals fast
Prime Minister Florin Citu on Tuesday stated that he asked the Minister of Health for a clear procedure regarding the release of hospitals from the tasks related to the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 patients, so that, in case there is a new pandemic wave, there will be made into COVID hospitals again fast.
“I think we have learned this year how to react much faster. For example, we are preparing and talking to the Ministry of Health, yes, to gradually release those COVID hospitals, but I want to have a clear procedure, so that, if something happens to be able to make them into COVID hospitals quickly, and not have the same problem like in the winter again when I had to go every time to say: we need another 200 beds. (…) We are preparing the procedures to be able to transfer the resources from one side to the other without facing new problems and to avoid such situations like the one at the “Foisor” Hospital, and so on, from happening, again,” Florin Citu told Radio Guerrilla on Tuesday.
Asked about the possibility of an increase in the number of COVID cases in autumn, he said: “We are ready for any scenario, but I tell you that I do not think we will have a situation like before.”