As cases soar, Romania to impose night curfew where Covid infections are high

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Romania plans to impose a night curfew during the weekend where the number of Covid-19 cases are high, authorities said Thursday.

The new restrictions will be instated in places where there are more than 6 cases per 1,000 residents. It is the first night curfew since March when there was a spike in coronavirus cases.

Cases have soared in recent days, with more than 7,000 new infections reported for each of the past two days.

There were 7,095 new Covid cases on Thursday which was the highest daily number this year. Some 113 people with the virus died in the past 24 hours.

The National Committee for Emergency Situations recommended a curfew throughout the week in places where the infection rate exceeded 7.5. The government later formally adopted the measures.

Some people will be excepted from the new restrictions, such as medical staff. People who are vaccinated and have green passes will be allowed to move around freely from 8pm to 5 am in areas which are under curfew.

 In places where the infection rate is over 6 per 1,000 but doesn’t exceed 7.5, shops will close at 6pm over the weekend.

The infection rate is measured over a 14 day rolling period. There were more than 4 cases per 1,000 inhabitants in some parts of the capital on Thursday, not enough to trigger a curfew or early closing hours.

UPDATE. Bucharest enters red zone amid rising Covid-19 infection rates

 

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