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COVID-19: new restrictions may take effect from 1 August


The Government might take new measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus infections, with PM Ludovic Orban saying that proposals will be submitted today and adopted in the government sitting on Wednesday.

Among the new restrictions that might be enforced as of August 1 there is wearing the facemask in open air, crowded spaces but also the limitation of the programme for certain terraces and clubs.

The only talks are about limiting the programme in clubs and terraces, but only in certain areas where the risk of infection is high, so not at national level. There will be a little bit clearer rules for the beaches, for there is a high epidemiological risk at the beach, and also we have a proposal to remove the exception to the social distancing restriction for the members of a family, so we propose that the social distancing should be enforced to all members of the family, except for the children. At the same time, there is the discussion to enforce the obligation of wearing facemasks in crowded open spaces”, said PM Ludovic Orban.

The PM mentioned that masks will be mandatory in crowded areas, for instance the seafronts, markets or fairs, but the measures will be enforced locally, if necessary.

“For instance, we have been announced that at the seafronts in Galati, or Braila, there is overcrowding, where the interaction among people is very close and the only solution to reduce the epidemiological risk is to wear facemasks“, Orban added.

There have been 1,151 new cases of COVID-19 infections reported in Romania in the past 24 hours out of 21,135 processed tests. At the same time, 33 deaths have been reported in the past day.

There have been 47,053 people with COVID-19 overall until today, July 28. Among them, 26,128 patients were declared cured and 3,716 developed no further symptoms.

Apart from the newly confirmed cases, 594 people have been reconfirmed positive with Covid-19 following retesting.

The death toll climbed to 2,239, with 33 new more deaths reported in the past 24 hours. The patients infected with the novel coronavirus who died in the past day were admitted in hospitals in Arad, Arges, Bacau, Bistrita-Nasaud, Brasov, Caras-Severin, Dambovita, Gorj, Hunedoara, Prahova, Sibiu, Vrancea and Bucharest.

Among the new deaths, one one reported in a young patient aged 29. 31 of the deaths were reported on patients who had other pre-existing medical conditions, while two were not known with any other disease.

Overall, there are 6,960 patients who tested positive for Covid-19 currently hospitalized in Romania. Among those, 357 are in intensive care, a number that is constantly on the rise from one day to another.

Almost 38% of the total deaths caused by Covid-19 and registered during July 20-26 took place in Bucharest and four other counties, according to the National Public Health Institute.

At the same time, over 37% of the infection cases is also reported in Bucharest and three counties- Prahova, Arges and Dambovita.

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