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Technical-Scientific Support Group decides to postpone relaxation measures set for 1 July

Health Minister Nelu Tataru said that, in the context of the increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the Technical-Scientific Support Group decided to postpone the relaxation measures which were to be implemented as of 1 July.

"Today [Monday], the meeting of this group [the Technical-Scientific Support Group] took place. Everything meaning the two weeks has been assessed. There have been two weeks during which, we had an increase in the number of new cases, two weeks in which the cases in intensive care have increased, the number of deaths has increased and the recommendations of specialists from the Technical Group are to postpone the new relaxation measures we have for 1 July, also following daily the development of the number of cases in the coming week, the development of intensive care cases, the development of deaths, as well as the observance of precautionary norms, hygiene rules, physical distancing. (...) We are at a time when we manage an increased number of cases and, at the technical group level, it has been decided to postpone the fourth relaxation measures," Nelu Tataru told Digi 24 private television station on Monday.

According to him, the self-preservation seems to no longer exists "in some of his fellow citizens" and recommended them to go to intensive care "to see that people can die from COVID-19 at the age of 30-39 without comorbidities."

"There is a resurgence of the number of COVID-19 cases precisely because of non-compliance with certain rules and precautions. We have not yet finished this first wave, we have not yet reached that quasi-normal life at the end of July and beginning of August of which I am speaking. This is still the first wave, but we can turn this first wave into a wave with two humps, we can make a second hump that can be more violent than the first, given that we used to act moved by self-preservation, but now, self-preservation seems to eschew some of our fellow citizens. I am encouraging them to look around, to look in hospitals, to go to the intensive care units, to see that there really is this coronavirus and there is this infection, to see that it is possible for people to die at the age of 30-39 without having comorbidities, to see healthcare worker covered in protective overalls, sweating all day, in some difficult, very difficult conditions, doing their job," Tataru told Digi 24 private broadcaster.

Another 269 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been reported in Romania since the latest update sent by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the total number of cases reaching 26,582 on Monday. At the moment, 210 patients are hospitalized in ICU. Of the people who tested positive, 18,912 were declared cured and discharged from hospital. To date, 699,688 tests have been processed nationwide, according to GCS.

Another 22 people infected with the novel coronavirus have died in Romania in the past 24 hours, taking the number of COVID-19 fatalities to 1,634, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Monday.