Romania is already in a similar situation to the one Italy was in last year in terms of the coronavirus pandemic, hospitals and emergency units being flooded with patients with COVID-19, said on Thursday the head of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) Valeriu Gheorghita.
Asked how far Romania is from what happened in Italy last year, the CNCAV representative replied: “I am afraid that we are already in this scenario, it is very obvious that the hospitals, the emergency units are flooded, they are currently overwhelmed by patients diagnosed with COVID-19, leaving aside the other categories of diseases – emergencies, road accidents, burns, which we see happening every day and which generate victims in need of medical care.”
“It is an extremely complicated situation. The fourth wave is aggressive and it is so because of the Delta variant, which spreads much more easily, which generates a very high number of cases in a short time and obviously for this, to limit the number of cases we need to respect the hygienic-sanitary rules, to get vaccinated,” said the military doctor.
DSU’s Arafat: Percentage of vaccinated persons in Romania should reach 70 pct in order to have “peace”
The head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), Raed Arafat, stated that the percentage of vaccinated persons in Romania should reach 70 pct in order to have “peace” and authorities could ensure that there is no serious impact on the healthcare system due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was asked on Wednesday in a press conference at the Victoria Governmental Palace what percentage of vaccinations should Romania reach so that the current restrictions and the green certificate can be renounced.
“The countries, abroad, have not really given up on the green certificate, they still use it, most of them, say the European countries, but the percentage, in order to have peace, to say we know we don’t have a serious impact on the healthcare system, remains the 70 pct. The more easily spreadable the variant is, the higher the percentage needs to be. We are still at approximately 30 pct. We are, together with Bulgaria, we represent the bottom rungs in number and percentage of vaccinated and I believe that we are paying the price at this moment for this,” said Raed Arafat.