The Minister of Internal Affairs, Lucian Bode, requested on Thursday in a video conference that all the subordinate structures mobilize and show maximum responsibility in the implementation of the agreed measures plans for the further management of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also for the winter holidays.
“I would like to send a very clear message of mobilization to all the structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the territory to face the challenges of this period. I ask you to implement with maximum responsibility the action plans adopted at the level of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and subordinate institutions. It is important that this period be managed in optimal conditions as well, taking into account the special context characterized by the continuation of the fight against the pandemic,” Bode said in a video conference with the prefects and the representatives of the territorial structures of the Ministry of Interior, in which he participated together with Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca.
He added that there are several priority areas for prefects to consider during this period and to ensure that the relevant measures are prepared for implementation, for the proper management of activities specific to the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The minister also requested that the stocks of anti-skid materials be checked and that the intervention equipment be functional and that the trained personnel be able to intervene and keep in touch with the providers of utilities and public services.
According to the Minister of the Interior, another priority course of action is to maintain the climate of public order and safety, with an emphasis on preventing congestion in the public space.
He also demanded the intensification of the actions to verify the observance of the provisions of the legislation in the field of trade and use of pyrotechnic materials, specifying that, so far, 44 tons of such materials have been confiscated.
I demand prefects pay special attention to SARS-CoV-2 infection control measures
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Lucian Bode on Thursday demanded that prefects pay enhanced attention to the whole set of measures to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections, with an emphasis on ensuring compliance with health protection regulations, especially at private events involving crowding, emphasizing that, according to experts, the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will come to Romania in a maximum of three weeks.
He participated, together with the Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca, in a video conference with the prefects on the preparation of the cold season and the winter holidays.
“We are in a period of calm, but these measures are needed to respond effectively to the challenges of the future pandemic wave which, according to experts, will have a greater impact compared to wave four. According to all estimates, wave five will come in a maximum of three weeks,” said Lucian Bode.
He pointed out that in the next period a large volume of work will be related to the growing number of people to be quarantined, estimated at over 115,000.
The minister requested special attention to the logistical training for the institutionalized quarantine – the provision of accommodation, transport and food.
PM Ciuca asks prefects to be ready to intervene during winter holidays
On Thursday, Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca asked the prefects, in a video conference, to have a set of measures prepared so that they will be able to intervene, during the winter holidays, if the situation requires it.
“The state institutions should get prepared for the next period, which includes both the feast of the Nativity and the end of the year, with a set of measures that they can apply immediately in case of need. I am convinced that each of you has realized the complexity of the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation amplified by the meteorological situation. We must admit that, until now, we haven’t had such big problems, in terms of the weather. We can even say that the weather somehow made it easy for us to work with the set of measures and interventions that we had prepared,” the PM said.
Nicolae Ciuca specified that the videoconference was convened in order to be able to identify possible problems and to prepare the necessary tools to be able to intervene where needed. Let’s not rush like we did in so many other occasions, when we had to find solutions on the spot, while we had not anticipated the problem,” he said.
Compiled from Agerpres