By Andra Beltz
Tuesday is the last day of health alert in Romania, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities said at the end of last week that the alert imposed by the coronavirus pandemic would not be extended beyond March 8, given that “wave 5” was about to end.
“The COVID-19 epidemic is on an accelerated downward slope in our country, and wave 5 is about to end. So it’s time to make new decisions about managing this situation, decisions with a major impact for the future. “, said the sanitary authorities and the Government of Bucharest.
Romania has been under a state of health alert for almost two years, from May 15, 2020 until March 8, 2022.
There were five pandemic waves in the country during this period, which imposed sanitary protection measures.
Two years later, the COVID-19 report counts 63,993 people diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection who died in Romania. As of Monday, there were 2,771,449 cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the country, of which 114,557 were of some patients who were re-infected and tested positive for more than 180 days after the first infection. 2,594,194 patients were declared cured.
With the lifting of the alert, a series of measures that have been in force until now will be eliminated, and the Ministry of Health will continue to manage the evolution of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, declared on Tuesday that, with the expiration of the alert state, the restrictions imposed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic will be lifted, and the use of the protective mask both in the outdoor and indoor spaces will not will be mandatory and there will be no limits on access and opening hours in various public spaces – commercial spaces, catering institutions, public institutions.
He stated in a press conference that upon entering the country, the COVID certificate and the passenger location certificate will no longer be required.
“With the expiration of the alert state, we will reach the situation in which the restrictions that existed in Romania will be lifted. (…) We will reach a new situation in which all the restrictions will be lifted. (…) Practically “Prudence and individual responsibility must be the main attributes of the next period”, the minister said.
By Andra Beltz