No Quarantine, but tougher measures as COVID cases in Cluj-Napoca reach over 6/1000.

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Cases have now reached 6.57 per 1000 inhabitants in Cluj-Napoca, as revealed by DSP Cluj on March 23rd, 2021. However, the mayor informs that there will not be any lockdowns, saying it would be “fatal” for the city.

Emil Boc announced on Antena 3, that following talks with Prime Minister, Florin Cituu, that there will be efforts to strengthen the existing methods by involving local and national police to help enforce them, with a few additional measures, but without requiring quarantine.

You can view the current national restrictions, as well as find out about vaccinations on our dedicated COVID-19 resource page, here.

“The prime minister had an extremely balanced attitude, saying that, on the one hand, there is a need to protect the health of the population, on the other hand, to keep the economy open. Quarantine remained as an extreme solution, to be avoided, as a last resort, and the emphasis should be on alternative measures to quarantine, both in Bucharest and in the country” announced the mayor.

He also explained that there’s a need to accelerate the vaccination efforts, which the prime minister supported, and with an aim to reach at least 100,000 vaccinations per day, by the end of April.

However, Raed Arafat, chief of DSU, explained that extended quarantine measures are successful in other countries, and will be discussing tougher quarantine measures for Romania on Thursday, amid the appearance of wave 3. Among the proposals for the weekend are the closing of stores at 16.00, and movement to be restricted from 20.00.

He said, “Yes. At times and perhaps to reduce non-essential activities, yes. We see countries with these night quarantines, which start at 18 in France, at 21 in other countries, and in our country at 22. Yes, it is an important measure that can reduce the contact and mobility that lead to the spread of the virus. (…) We have not been supporters of harsh measures, of radical measures, but we cannot stand to see how some break the rules or do not respect the rules and how the hospitals are full of patients”.

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