Romania’s Parliament likely to vote against extending Covid-19 restrictions

nquam-photo-bucuresti-covid19-stare-de-alerta-15-mai-2020-Octav Ganea
nquam-photo-bucuresti-covid19-stare-de-alerta-15-mai-2020 Octav Ganea

Romania’s Social Democrats will vote against a proposal by President Klaus Iohannis to extend the state of alert after June 15 as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Social Democrats, the largest party in Parliament, will join two smaller allies Pro-Romania and the Alliance of Liberal Democrats in voting against the measure, party spokesman Lucian Romascanu said on Tuesday

„We have no evidence from experts about the need to extend the state of alert…. It’s not convincing, there isn’t any scientific evidence, “he told Digi 24.

Romania has reported more than 20,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,335 deaths.

But Romanescu said the state of alert “has meant bypassing procedures in public procurement, hiring people with no competition (and) financial fraud that we can’t endorse by a vote.”

He was responding to Iohannis who on Tuedsday said he planned to extend the state of alert for another month.

Iohannis announced an easing of restrictions, but said the state of alert needed to be kept in place.

Shopping malls, private schools, gyms, and outdoor pools can reopen after June 15, due to a drop in Covid-19 infections, Iohannis said.

But restrictions will remain. Restaurants and churches won’t be reopened immediately and it face masks will remain compulsory in some public places.

The Save Romania Union, the third-biggest party in Parliament, hasn’t decided yet on how it will vote.

Party leader Dan Barna said the party would decide how to voted based on data provided by the government justifying its decision.

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