Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met today with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, Internal Affairs Minister Marcel Vela and Health Minister Victor Costache to evaluate and present measures to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Immediately after the meeting, President Klaus Iohannis addressed the media representatives.
In his statements, the Romanian President said that during the meeting there was an assessment of the overall situation, which is becoming more and more complicated.
“We discussed additional measures necessary to contain the spread of the virus. New movement restrictions will be introduced and what was once a recommendation is now considered an obligation. We agreed that during this period we would prepare electronic surveillance measures for individuals in isolation or quarantine, which must be fully implemented”, the Romanian President stated.
“We have agreed to utilize the army in order to better manage the situation. The army will provide personnel to assist the police and the gendarmerie”, Iohannis continued, adding that “the most vulnerable are those over 65, and we need special measures and restrictions to protect them; they must stay home at all times”.
The Head of State stressed that the measures would be included in a military decree which would be drafted by the end of the day with the restrictions taking effect tomorrow, Wednesday. “We have discussed other measures that must be put in force either through emergency government decrees, government decisions or military decrees. These restrictions I just mentioned will be included today in a military decree that will be completed by the end of the day with the restrictions, dear Romanians, coming into force tomorrow”, Iohannis concluded.
Earlier it was reported that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had surged 762, while 8 COVID-19 patients have passed away. /ibna