COVID-19 Live Tracking
If you experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, you should contact the emergency services on 112 and request to be transported to the Clinical Hospital of Diseases Infectious Cluj-Napoca (Spitalul Clinic de Boli infecțioase Cluj-Napoca).
The department of Public Health for Cluj-Napoca (Direcția de Sănătate Publică a Județului Cluj), can be contacted on +40 749 017 439 for additional information between the hours of 8am - 4pm.
We remind citizens to consider only the information verified through official sources and to call for recommendations and other information on the TELVERDE line - 0800.800.358.
The TELVERDE number is not an emergency number, it is a telephone line strictly allocated for informing citizens.
Also, Romanians abroad can request information about the prevention and control of the virus at their specially dedicated line +4021.320.20.20.
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The Department for Emergency Situations (DSU – Departamentul pentru Situaţii de Urgenţă), announced on Sunday, that to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), there will be a number of restrictions imposed.
The restrictions are as follows:
- Entire country now “Under Quarantine” – Learn More
- No foreign travel or unnecessary commutes, under military orders. Learn More
All schools are closed until after Easter
- Flights to / from Spain restricted until March 31
- Flights to / from Italy restricted until April 5
- All restaurants closed
- All events with 100+ people banned
- Companies recommended to staggered work-program starting at 8,9 and 10 to reduce congestion
- All indoor events exceeding 100 participants will be banned
- Restrictions on outdoor events with 99 people or less
- Visiting patients at hospital will be forbidden
- Medical Students will be restricted from accessing hospitals
- Compulsory quarantine for citizens arriving from Italy, Iran, China’s Hubei region and South Korea’s Daegu city and Cheongdo county.
- People arriving in the country must sign declaration that they are not traveling from quarantined areas
- Romania/Italy bus and train lines have been suspended
- Malls have starting restricting hours
Raed Arafat, head of DSU, explained that these measures are aimed at preventing the spread of the disease, as well as ensuring the protection and well being of patients and medical personnel.
The total number of cases in Romania is now over 90, in addition to Cluj, the virus is now present in the following counties: Bucureşti, Timiş, Hunedoara, Dolj, Gorj, Iaşi, Olt, Buzău, Caraş Severin, Constanţa, Galaţi, Maramureş, Mureş, Satu Mare, Suceava, Covasna, Vrancea, Ilfov, Braşov, Mehedinţi, Bihor, Prahova, and Neamţ.
One recent case, was detected in a 70-year old woman from Mureș county, which is situated on the south-east border of Cluj county.
The vast majority of coronavirus cases, can be attributed to travel from Italy, according to the authorities, of which included the case in Cluj of a 33 year-old woman who had been working in Trentino, Italy.
The Romanian Government has indicated that travel restrictions are likely to expanded in the coming days. There are some indications that travel from the UK may be more tightly managed.
- Suspending activity of nurseries from the radius of the municipality of Cluj-Napoca during the period 13.03.2020-22.03.2020 with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level. Between 11.03.2020-22.03.2020 the management of the educational units and the nurseries will take hygiene and disinfection measures of all the spaces.
- Suspension of the activity of the Antique Markets (Oser and the Transilvania Expo area) in the municipality of Cluj-Napoca until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level. Between 11.03.2020-31.03.2020 measures will be taken to sanitize and disinfect the two locations.
- Until 31.03.2020, the measure will be taken to limit the public meetings to a maximum of 1000 persons, and for the public meetings with a smaller number of 1000 persons, the measure will be adopted at the local level by the Approval Commission of public events for each event based on an analysis of risks and types of activities, with the prior approval of the Public Health Directorate (DSP). Events with a maximum number of 200 participants are exempt from issuing the DSP opinion. These measures can be extended after 31.03.2020, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level.
- Approval required for cultural, scientific, artistic, religious, sports and entertainment activities, in closed spaces with the participation of over 100 people, until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension.
- Starting from 13.03.2020 and until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extending, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level, all the equipment and urban furniture in all the children’s playgrounds, as well as the fitness equipment in the parks located on the ray of Cluj-Napoca Municipality will be disinfected daily. This measure will be carried out by the Department of Urban Ecology and Green Spaces within the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca.
- The Department of Social and Medical Assistance (Direcția de Asistență Socială și Medicală) will additionally monitor all vulnerable persons in the records, will identify with priority those over 65 years of age and will provide, if necessary, food supply services, hygiene products, etc. through D.A.S.M. personnel, in particular through the Elderly Assistance Service Home Care Unit within the department.
- Suspension of activity of Day Centers for the Elderly and the Clubs of the Pensioners within the Department of Social and Medical Assistance, starting with 13.03.2020 until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level.
- The obligation for the Public Transport Company is established to ensure the disinfection of the passenger compartment of the means of public transport at the end of the route (eg bars and support supports, doors, chairs, validators, etc.) from 11.03.2020 to 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level. The automatic ticket dispenser screens and validators of the stations of the Public Transport Company will be disinfected at least 2 times a day, starting with 11.03.2020 until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level.
- The obligation for private taxi providers in the city of Cluj-Napoca to establish hygiene and disinfection measures for the passenger compartment of vehicles, after each race (eg doors, handles, etc.) starting with 11.03.2020 until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level.
- There is an obligation for all public and private institutions to provide toilets for personal hygiene (soap, paper towels, hand dryers), frequent disinfection of doors, doors, as well as other exposed surfaces (conference tables, offices, etc.).
- Approving the measure of daily disinfection of the spaces in the public markets administered by the Local Council of Cluj-Napoca, starting with 11.03.2020 until 31.03.2020, with the possibility of extension, depending on the evolution of the situation at national level. The measure will be carried out by the Department of Urban Ecology and Green Spaces and the Halls and Markets Administration Service within the Technical Department of the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca.
Fines & Sanctions increased.
For those who are in breach of the restrictions imposed by the Military Ordinance, in response to the current State of Emergency, fines now range from a minimum of 2,000 lei (approx €415) to 70,000 lei (approx €14,500).
Entire country placed under quarantine by president
Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, has announced that the entire country will now be place under quarantine. This means that all movements will now be restricted. Starting Wednesday, March 25th, people will only be able to leave their homes to go to their place of work, or shopping for food. All other travel is now forbidden.
First death recorded for COVID-19 patient
A 67-year old man, as been declared the first person who has died, after being infected with the new Coronavirus.
The man was confirmed as having the virus on March 18th and was also suffering from terminal cancer.
Romanian government close borders and restrict internal movements.
The Romanian government has issued a military order to close borders and restrict all unnecessary travel within the country, in an aim top stop the spread of COVID-19. LEARN MORE HERE.
Romanian government use Emergency Alert System to notify smart phone owners.
“RESPECT the recommendations to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 coronavirus. Stay home, as much as possible! Avoid direct or close contact with others! Keep a distance of at least 2m from others! DO NOT touch surfaces that other people have touched! Beware of crowded areas! WASH your hands as often as possible! DO NOT touch your hands, face, nose, mouth or eyes! MAKE SURE that the rules are respected by the elderly. They are most exposed to the disease! INFORM YOURSELF: https://stirioficiale.ro“
All Schools Closed
Following an announcement from prime minister Ludovic Orban, the DSU decided that it was necessary to close all schools in Romania until after easter due to growing numbers of reported cases of COVID-19.
Closures affect all kindergartens (preschool), primary, secondary and high schools in Romania, both within public and private sectors, informed the education minister, Monica Anisie. The ministry are exploring options for online methods for teaching.
“For the time being, we do not have a date for the schools’ closure period but throughout the state of emergency period schools will remain closed. It is clear schools will remain closed throughout this period. Schools are closed until after Easter,” Anisie said.
Mandatory quarantine in an institution such as a hospital if you have travelled from Italy, Hubei Province in China, Madrid, Iran, or Daegu City or Chendongo County in South Korea.
Flights to and from Spain are suspended until March 31, and Italy suspended until April 5th.
As governments and local authorities bring in measures to control the spread of the virus, some airlines are changing their schedules or suspending flights for some destinations. If you’re due to travel to an area affected by coronavirus, keep up-to-date with the latest information from your travel company or airline.
Travellers arriving from other parts of China, South Korea, all of Iran, and Heinsberg District in North-Rhine Westphilia in Germany will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Travellers arriving from the UK are required to fill in a form to self-certify that they are infection-free. Infringements on these procedures are punishable with a prison sentence.
EC Restricts Non-Essential travel to and from the EU.
The European Commission has restricted all non-essential travel to the European Union.
“We think that non-essential travel should be reduced right now, too, in order not to spread the virus further, be it within the European Union or by leaving the European Union, but also to avoid non-essential travel to not have more potential strain on our healthcare system,”, informed EC president Ursula von der Leyen.
She continued by saying, “Of course, there will be exemptions, for example for EU citizens coming back home, for healthcare workers, like doctors and nurses, but also scientists working on the solution of this health crisis we do see, and for people commuting on borders, who are working on both sides of the border, for example – there will be exemptions”.
Buses and Trains between Romania & Italy
All flights, bus, and rail routes from Italy are suspended, and airlines have been asked to deny boarding to travellers coming from the above countries and areas.
Public outdoor Gatherings of up to 100 or more people are restricted
Cultural and entertainment events, with participation of over 100 people, in outdoor spaces, will require special conditions.
Attendees will be required to maintain at least 1 meter distance from each other
All events exceeding 100 people prohibited
All events, both indoor and outdoor, where 100 people are present will no longer take place. This includes all cultural, scientific, entertainment, gambling, treatment and personal care in confined spaces.
National Museums and Tourist Attractions closed
The Romanian government, announced that all national museums and tourist attractions have been closed.
Universities Recommended to Suspend Courses
All universities across Romania have been advised to suspend courses, in order to prevent any risk of spreading the disease and to minimise congestion.
Private Workplaces advised to stagger work programs
Raed Arafat has recommended private companies based in cities and with over 99 employees to vary working hours to reduce overcrowding on public transport. Government ministries have been mandated to work with much lower staffing levels.
Limit use of Public Transport
The Romanian government has advised against any non-essential use of public transport
Drug Exports Suspended
Authorities have decided, that exports of drugs, that are essential to the treatment of Coronavirus will be supended.
WHO (OMS) Has declard outbreak as a “Pandemic”
The World Health Organization (Organizația Mondială a Sănătății) Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has declared the outbreak as a Pandemic.
“3rd COVID-19 Stage, inevitable” – Victor Costache
An interview with Health Minister, Victor Costache, on Wednesday, revealed that with cases continuing to increase, a 3rd-stage of COVID-19, where confirmed cases reach over 100, is inevitable.
He informed: “Sooner or later we will move to the third stage. It is a certainty. We are ready, we have the needed human resources, we have the intensive care beds, we still have supplies, we are fighting any speculative phenomena, this is why we blocked parallel exports,”.
Other countries have been requesting supplies from Romania’s stocks, and in preparation for Stage 3, Romania has stopped the export of sanitary supplies.
He also spoke quite candidly about the state of the current local healthcare system, referring to it as “weakened” in comparison to Germany, France or Italy. He was quoted by News.ro, “It is a weakened system, one that was maintained unhealthy for many years, which has a long way to go to reach the level of those in France, Germany or Italy, where you have seen how easy this Covid-19 outbreak can mess with a high-performing system,”.
Serbia closes some several Romanian border points.
From March 12th, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Serbia has restricted access via the following border-crossings:
- Vrbica – Valcani
- Nakovo – Lunga
- Jasa Tomic – Foeni
- Kaludjerovo – Naidas
- Golubac – Moldova Nouă
- Kladovo – Drobeta Turnu Severin
- Kusjak – Porțile de Fier II
Borders will remain open at Stamora Moravița (Timiș county), Jimbolia (Timiș county), and Porțile de Fier I (Mehedinți county).
RO Government drafting plans to mitigate COVID-19 impact.
The government is currently proposing a number of changes, which will be aimed at mitigating the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic will have on Romania.
2 of the measures proposed, is aimed at increasing the Health Ministry’s budget by 10bln RON (approx €2.07bn)
Another measure will be to provide state aid to CFR railway company and Tarom, but these proposals were made before the COVID-19 outbreak, and not directly associated with the pandemic.
The state is also planning to waive / contribute towards the social security contributions for people working in the transport / tourism and entertainment sector, 3 areas that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
The government will also take steps to ensure that there are sufficient food sources for the population.
Also, Romanians returning from the diaspora (migrated out of the country) who have not contributed directly to the local health system, will have treatment covered if infected with COVID-19.
Research indicates virus lasts longer on certain surfaces.
Experts researching the COVID-19 virus, have demonstrated that the virus can remain airborne for up to 3 hours and significantly longer on surfaces, with up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
This is important, especially as in Romania, banknotes are made from plastic, and ultimately can result in the spreading of the virus, if hands later come into contact with the mouth and eyes or other areas.
National Institute of Public Health (INSP) Block Live Updates
The INSP has turned off the interacitve Live Update map for Coronavirus. No explanation was provided and it’s not certain that it will be restored.
Malls Begin Reducing Opening Hours
Some of the major mall operators across Romania, announced that they would reduce the shopping hours, in order to prevent explosure and spread. Some of the restrictions will not apply to phamacies and large supermarkets, such as Auchan.
Lidl limits number of clients in supermarkets
Lidl has started taking special safety precautions to prevent the spread of the virus between members of staff and customers, by limiting the amount of customers allowed in the store at the same time.
Romania declares State of Emergency
As COVID-19 cases exceed 100 in Romania, the country has entered the 3rd-stage, which will see additional measures being deployed, in order to combat the spread of infection and to treat the growing numbers of cases.
MAE recommends Romanian tourists to return home.
The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), has reommended all Romanian tourists, who have taken vacation or short-term travel abroad, to return to Romania as soon as possible.
“Given that the measures taken by countries (in response to the coronavirus pandemic e.n.) may also affect air traffic and may change from day to day, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends contacting travel agencies and airlines in order to change flights and identify alternative routes for return,” MAE said in a press release.
They also continued by recommending that Romanian citizens living abroad, should follow the advice of the authorities from the country that they are currently in, and to not travel back to Romania, unless neccessary.
Car Markets & Fairs Restricted
A new measurement has been introduced, to restrice car markets and fairs until March 31st, 2020.
Quarantine or Self-Isolation for travellers from countries of over 500 cases.
The Romanian National Commmittee for Special Emergency Situations (CNSSU), has enforced a self-quarantine requirement, for any people traveling to Romania, from a country that has at least 500 coronavirus infection cases. This means travellers from Austria, Belgium, South Korea, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Germany, Japan, UK, Norway, Netherlands, China, Spain, the US, and Sweden, should remain in self-isolation for 14 days.
Any people who come from countries or areas which are under quarantine, will be requried to enter an institutionalised quarantine facility, for 14 days. This includes, Italy, Iran, China’s Hubei region and South Korea’s Daegu city and Cheongdo county.
Romania will begin to produce protective masks and equipment
Economic minister Virgil Popescu, informed during an interview on TVR, that local textile manufacturures are wiling to start production on medical masks and protective equipment.
He commented, ““Now we can see the damage that was done in Romania because we no longer manufactured much in the last 10-15 years. I have spoken with textile companies and we will start manufacturing masks and protection equipment for doctors. We are trying to find the materials and we will start producing them.”.
In continued by saying, ““I can give you another good news: Farmec Cluj has requested the approval to start producing biocides. There is no other biocide manufacturer in Romania and I have discussed this with the health minister, we unblocked things and the biocide production will start so we won’t be completely dependent on imports”.
Government launches online platform to combat fake news
The Romanian government has started a website on which they will publish the official news, regarding COVID-19.
It includes tools which can be used to verify some of the articles that have been published
At this time, the information is only available in Romanian, but updates will be translated as much as possible, and published here.
You can view the site by clicking here.
Prison Sentences introduced for “failure to provide data”.
People who arrive in the country and do not accurately provide details of their travel history, will face up to 5 years in prison, or 10 years if their actions result in the infection of 2 or more people.
If someone infected by that person, later dies, then the sentence is increased to 15 years.
In a statement, PNL senator Iuliana Scantei said, “It is necessary that all people in Romania, both Romanian and foreign citizen, comply with the measures and restrictions adopted by the authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease to a large number of citizens. Together with my colleagues, Liberal senators Alina Gorghiu and Daniel Fenechiu, I drafted and transmitted to the Parliament a draft law amending the Penal Code (art. 352) which increases the penalties for all those who thwart the authorities’ efforts to contain the spread of diseases like the new coronavirus.”
Romania’s President advises people to not return for Easter
Klaus Iohannis, president of Romania, has advised Romanians living abroad to “give up” on returning home for the Easter holidays. The same would apply for most people, attempting to enter Romania.
“Send this message on all channels: Romanians living abroad are dear to us. We want to see them, we would like to be together, but this year, for these holidays, this is not possible. It is sad but we need to be honest in order to not create expectations that will not be fulfilled.”, said the president.
He sighted the fact, that right now, it’s basically impossible to travel in Europe, and that it will more than likely, result in quarantine or self-isolation for at least 2 weeks.
Romania calls in resident doctors and students in preparation for case spike
As cases continue to climb, Raed Arafat, head of the Emergency Situations Department, announced that Romania is requesting resident doctors to interript their regular practice, and join doctors in hosiptals and emergency units, as a spike of COVID-19 is expected.
“Residents in the general medicine, anesthesia, intensive care, infectious diseases specialties will interrupt their resident internships in the departments they have been assigned to and will turn up at advising centers to be included in the schedule of the departments of their specialty,” informed Raed Arafat.
This also means that internal medicine and family medicine residents will also stop internships and will begin performing duties in the public health departments, emergency units, ambulance services and hospital departments.
For those in their fourth-year medical studies, they will also be called in, on a vounteeer basis, as support in emergency rooms.