Raed Arafat, head of DSU, explained in an interview with Digi24, that the next “relaxation phase”, which is due on July 1st, could be postponed, as cases of Coronavirus have shown a steady increase within recent days.

During the interview, the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, he highlighted concerns that the numbers of infections have been increasing as people have begun to not respect the rules. He said, “The current of opinion has strengthened against the fact that everything that has been done is just a “fiasco”. I heard a doctor say it was a bad flu, not a problem.

There are countries that have lost hundreds of medical staff, and we hear someone say: it’s a bad flu. What is the message being conveyed? That I, as a doctor, do not believe in what other doctors do, then the man takes the mask off his face, he no longer respects the social distancing rules”.

He continued by acknowledging, that people understandably want to return to a “normal life”, but that until a vaccine or treatment is released, there should still be compensatory measures, such as masks or social distancing.

“If we do not respect the measures, the relaxation measures will only lead to uncontrollable growth [of infections]”, concluded Raed Arafat.

Alexandru Rafila, Romania’s representative to the World Health Organisation, pointed out that the number of coronavirus cases in Romania doubled in the past week compared to the previous one.


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