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CNSU updates list of high epidemiological risk countries; France, Portugal enter the red zone. Romania to reconsider negative PCR test mandate for people entering the country

The National Committee for Emergency Situations (CNSU) approved on Friday the update to the list of countries/territories with a high epidemiological risk in terms of infections with the novel coronavirus, with France, Portugal, Mauritius and the Northern Mariana Islands having entered the red zone.

At the same time, according to the CNSU Decision No 110/2021, the following areas were included in the yellow zone:

– from the red zone, following the decrease in the COVID-19 notification rate: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Moldova, Mongolia and Belize;

– from the green zone, following the increase in the COVID-19 incidence rate: Spain, Sweden, Vietnam and Brunei Darussalam;

Guam, Guyana, Suriname, the United States Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands also entered the green zone.


Romania to reconsider negative PCR test mandate for people entering the country


The Ministry of Health (MS) and the Public Health Institute (INSP) will reconsider whether to mandate all persons arriving in Romania from December 5, 2021 to produce a negative RT-PCR test to enter the country.

“Regarding the information coming ‘from sources’ regarding the ‘dissensions’ that would have taken place during today’s government meeting, we want to specify that they are far from being true and following the presentation of the initial proposal endorsed by the specialists, previously detailed at the government level after ensuing talks, it was agreed that the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute will reconsider that aspect,” according to the Emergency Management Department (DSU).

DSU says that, on December 2, given the uncertainties surrounding the spread of the new Omicron variant worldwide, as well as the possibility of the recovered or fully vaccinated people getting infected, INSP sent to DSU and MS a recommendation that entry into Romania should be made only by producing a negative result of a test performed 48 hours in advance, at the longest, regardless of the area of epidemiological risk from which travelers arrive.

“Given this recommendation from INSP, DSU sought as a matter of priority to discuss this issue at today’s meeting of CNSU [National Emergency Management Committee], also coming up with a draft decision drawn up on the recommendations approved by both the Ministry of Health and INSP specialists,” DSU shows.

DSU says that by virtue of its institutional powers, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has developed guidelines for action, based on recommendations coming from public health specialists, which were then discussed and implemented or discarded by CNSU.


Compiled from Agerpres

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