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Gov't approves mandatory COVID certificate to access certain activities in areas with incidence above 3/1000

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The government has approved, on Friday, by decision, the obligation to present a COVID green certificate to access certain activities in localities where the incidence rate for SARS-CoV-2 infections is greater than 3 per thousand inhabitants and lower or equal to 6 per thousand.

In the counties/localities where the cumulated incidence rate over 14 days is greater than 3/1000 and lower or equal to 6/1000, a series of norms are instituted for the conduct of certain economic activities, allowed only with the participation of the following categories of persons:

- vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and which have completed the immunization scheme 10 days prior to access;

- which present the negative result of a RT-PCR test for the infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus no older than 72 hours or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 infection no older than 48 hours;

- which are in the period comprised between the 15th and 180th day following the confirmation of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

According to the normative act, the obligation to present a negative result for a RT-PCR test, no older than 72 hours, or the certified negative result of a rapid antigen test no older than 48 hours does not apply to children aged 6 or under.

 

Introducing the COVID-19 green certificate does not represent a restriction of rights, Prime Minister Florin Citu declared in Targu Mures on Friday.

His statement was made in the context in which the president of the National Council for Combating Discrimination, Asztalos Csaba, said that the measure of introducing a sanitary certificate should not be adopted through a Government decision, but rather through a law voted by Parliament, because it would represent "a conditionality or limitation to exercise fundamental rights or liberties".

"I see no restriction of rights here, but I will let the specialists decide. Until then, we will use this methodology. (...) This green certificate has been used throughout Europe, all summer long. Nobody said that there is a restriction of some rights. I don't see why there would be a restriction of rights here in Romania. On the contrary, there are three very clear categories - people who are vaccinated, people who went through the disease and people who got tested," Citu said, in Mures.

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