Prime Minister Florin Citu on Saturday said he wasn’t in favor of introducing different rules for people in public places depending on whether they had had a Covid vaccine or not.
“I am not a fan of the vaccinated, he unvaccinated going separately to the mall,” he said.
“The malls were open last year when we didn’t have a vaccine. It would be hilarious and absurd to close them now, when we have this solution: the vaccine,” he said during a visit to a vaccine center in the northern city of Botosani.
His comments came as Romania reported 1,015 new SARS-CoV-2 cases. It was the first time in more than three months when there were more than 1,000 new infections.
The Strategic Communication Group on Saturday said it was the highest daily figure since May 11. There were also 19 Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours.
Covid cases have risen as the summer ends. The more contagious delta variant, a lessening of restrictions and a generally more relaxed attitude to the virus have contributed to the rise.
The latest wave which has been weeks coming is expected to peak in a month’s time when there could be 1,600 new cases a day, authorities said.
There are currently 243 patients with the virus being treated in intensive care units.
Romanian authorities are trying to encourage more people to get vaccinated as cases climb.
Just 27% of Romanians have been immunized, or about 30% of the over-12s.