Acting Prime Minister Florin Citu said that at the current moment quarantining the Capital is not under consideration and highlighted that the authorities have other measures in mind to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2, pointing out that he had a discussion with the interim health minister aimed at requiring the green certificate for any economic activity.
He was asked at the Victoria Governmental Palace whether the authorities were planning on quarantining the Capital, due to the high COVID-19 notification rate.
“No, at the current moment, not. We are not taking this measure. You saw that last year, as well, there had been this discussion about quarantining Bucharest and it didn’t work, nonetheless we are considering other measures meant to prevent the spreading of the virus. One thing we discussed with Mr Health Minister was that of mandating or requiring the green certificate for all activities we have in Romania, for any activity we get in contact with other people, to have this green certificate for economic activities. If we still desire to have an open economy, I believe it is a measure that would help a lot. We haven’t discussed yet about reducing the open hours during the weekend, this hasn’t been discussed, but we are looking at all the measures. I think that using the green certificate for any economic activity is an important step and we are considering this,” Citu said after the Government meeting on Thursday.
The acting PM pointed out he wants the measure on the green certificate introduced as soon as possible and enforced in hypermarkets as well.
We have signed a bill regarding the testing at their own expense of employees in healthcare system
Interim Prime Minister Florin Citu announced that he has signed a bill that will be submitted to Parliament on Thursday and which stipulates that employees in the public and private health systems and those working for the IGSU (General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations) and in aviation, who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and have not gone through the disease will have to be tested at their own expense.
“Together with other members of the Government – Kelemen Hunor, Cseke Attila and Lucian Bode – we have signed a bill that we will submit to Parliament. In short, employees in the health system, both public and private, who are not vaccinated and have not gone through the disease will have to be tested at their own expense. And also those working for the IGSU and in aviation. This proposal came from Minister Bode,” Citu told a press conference, after the Government meeting.
He also said that if it was not for the motion of censure by which the Government was dismissed last week, the bill would have been approved by the Cabinet and forwarded to Parliament as a matter of urgency.
Gov’t supplemented budget of Ministry of Health with 10 million lei for purchasing DTPA vaccine
The Government approved the supplementation of the budget of the Ministry of Health with 10 million lei for the purchase of the acellular diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine – DTPA, announced interim prime minister Florin Citu.
“In today’s Government meeting, we supplemented the budget of the Ministry of Health with 10 million lei, money that will be used to purchase the DTPA vaccine for 14-year-old children and pregnant women, provided in the national vaccination schedule for the implementation of the National Vaccination Program. Funds are needed to complete the 71,000-dose vaccine contract for which the Ministry of Health has a framework agreement,” Florin Citu said Thursday at Victoria Palace.
Compiled from Agerpres