Romania will impose lockdown if cases exceed 1,200, PM says

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Romania’s prime minister says he will order local lockdowns if daily Covid-19 cases rise above 1,200.

Premier Ludovic Orban spoke as cases continued to rise in Romania after the lockdown was loosened.

He said he didn’t want to re-impose further restrictions but if cases went over 1,200, „we are already reaching a level of risk and we can get to a situation where we’ll be obliged to take restrictive measures where there is an epidemiological risk,” he said. „The measures may be zonal, local, quarantines,” he told Digi 24.

He said the government wouldn’t re-impose a state of emergency that lasted two months or a national lockdown, but may close places, such as factories or businesses where there were outbreaks to limit the spread of the highly contagious virus.

Romania reported 681 new cases on Monday, and close to 900 on Saturday, but new cases have been concentrated in certain areas. Authorities have warned that cases may rise in the coming weeks.

The southern county of Arges reported 110 new infections on Monday and there were large numbers of cases in the counties of Brasov and Prahova, which are popular tourists destinations.

There were also significant numbers of cases in the eastern counties of Galati and Bacau.


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