Romania’s President, Klaus Iohannis, has stated that there will not be any total lockdown now, or over the holidays, but that localised lockdowns may be set up in areas where the case numbers remain high.
In a statement to journalists, he said, “We are not considering a total lockdown now, as we are not considering a total lockdown during the winter holidays“.
Raed Arafat, the head of DSU (Emergency Situations Department), said that although there’s no intention to declare a total lockdown, the winter holidays will be different this year and that people must follow the prevention rules put in place to stop the spread of the virus.
“The holidays will not be like before, we can’t expect to have holidays like in December 2019. We already know the general limits: I believe that we’ll still have to wear masks and practice social distancing, and probably the limits to the activities in closed spaces will still be in force in that period. I can’t say now if there will be other measures, but it’s important to understand that this year’s holidays will be different from last year’s.
If you want to celebrate with two or three more families, you have increased your risk of getting infected because I guess you will not wear a mask on Christmas eve. Depending on how you organize your Christmas dinner, the risk of transmission is much higher, and the vulnerability is higher. In the end, everyone calculates the risk they want to take”, said the head of DSU, according to News.ro.
The president, also stated, that since the measures that the government imposed a few weeks ago, the case numbers have started to grow at a slower rate.
“We can already see that the measures taken by the Government a few weeks ago, measures that at that time led to all kinds of debates, we see that they give the first results.
Surely you have noticed that 3-4 weeks ago, the number of cases increased from week to week a lot and now we are in the third week when the maximum number of cases is in the area of 10,000 and there are many days when the number of new infections is significantly below 10,000.
Unfortunately, we cannot say yet that we have managed to curb the pandemic, but we have the first confirmations that the measures taken a few weeks ago have paid off.
Unfortunately, these results, even if they exist and show that the measures we take have been well thought out, were not enough, because we see in the Intensive Care Unit the number of people is increasing. Unfortunately, every day we have a significant number of deaths, far too many Romanians die from this disease and then obviously a new set of restrictive measures was imposed,” said the president
However, he has condemned the recent efforts by parliament to re-open indoor agri-food markets. A subject which has been quite heated since the announcement of the new measures, that came into affect on November 9th.
He said that although these results are promising and show that the measures were well thought out, they were not enough, because the number of cases in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are increasing and so are the number of deaths. This is why additional measures were imposed.