Romania: Returning to normality depends on compliance with the rules, Orban says

Romania: Returning to normality depends on compliance with the rules, Orban says

Returning to normality depends largely on how the Romanians understand that they must abide by the rules and recommendations of the authorities, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said yesterday, urging citizens to “hold on”.

“The President and the Government are analyzing the situation, the President is deciding to extend the state of emergency for another 30 days, we are closely monitoring the progress of the epidemic and during this period we are preparing to return to normality. It largely depends on how the Romanians follow the rules and recommendations. The slower the spread of the virus, the more time we gain, and the time we return to normal comes closer”, the prime minister told private B1 television.

He added that, on the other hand, “he is already feeling a relaxation, which should not happen. This relaxation should not happen, even if we keep the spread of the virus under control”, said Prime Minister Ludovic Orban.

On the other hand, the President of ALDE, Călin Popescu-Tariceanu, calls for a return to activities, perhaps after Easter, and calls on the government to offer masks, at affordable prices, for protection.

“I was one of the first to say that isolation at home is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus not because I was a doctor, but because I saw what others were doing when the pandemic was a step or two away. Our leaders, our governors, intervened slowly, which probably caused dozens of outbreaks. I want to be one of the first to say we need to get back to work. Not that we have to go back tomorrow, but I say we have to plan to go back as soon as possible. It bothers me that the governors are refusing any discussion about this: what are the best steps we can take to be able to return to work after Easter, perhaps gradually?”, Tariceanu wrote yesterday on Facebook.

According to the President of ALDE, in order for people to leave their homes and work, governors must ensure that they can buy protective masks at decent prices. He also argued that, in collaboration with employers and local authorities, the best protection solutions should be found when returning to work.

The head of the DSU Emergency Service and Deputy Interior Minister Raed Arafat warned that the scenario for the spread of COVID-19 could become dramatic if the measures taken so far were relaxed.

As the number of cases and deaths in Romania has risen, the head of the DSU’s emergency situations, Raed Arafat, warned that the scenario could become dramatic if the measures taken so far were relaxed. He says that as the Easter holidays approach, the situation could escalate if isolation is not observed. “France, USA. I don’t know if we will be in this situation. We could arrive, or maybe not. We will be able to say more after the Easter period. Everyone wants a relaxation of the measures. But at this point, if we relax them too early, there is a risk that the situation will explode and we will no longer be able to control it. Let’s see what decisions we will make after Easter. We will slowly return to normality”, Arafat said.

The head of the DSU agrees with the opinion of many experts around the world, saying that people should get used to living for a long time with this coronavirus that has caused so many victims in the world, leaving behind tears and pain. And the rules of social distancing are mandatory and absolutely necessary. “At some point, we have to learn to live with this virus because it won’t go away and we can’t stay quarantined at home for a lifetime. Until a vaccine against this virus is released, it is possible to learn to live with it, but we need to follow certain social rules to limit its spread”, Arafat told a television program./ibna