Monday, March 9th

Romania suspends air travel to and from Italy for the next two weeks

Romania has decided to suspend flights to and from Italy in the next two weeks. The decision was made by the National Committee for Special Emergency Situations, due to the coronavirus outbreak. The body will also meet on Monday to decide whether to close schools. Moreover, the air operators will have to notify the citizens who will embark from Italy, China, Iran or South Korea to Romania, that they will have to go into quarantine when they reach Romania and assume this by completing a statement when boarding the aircraft. Also. citizems who come from the four states mentioned above and enter the country through land border crossings are bound to stay in quarantine on the border county or in isolation at home, the Minister of Home Affairs, Marcel Vela, announced last night. The University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest has announced that it will suspend courses until the end of the month, and the Cluj Napoca university has already enforced this measure for almost a week. Also last night, the head of the Department for Emergency Situations, Raed Arafat, has said that Romania has enough places for quarantine, at present, but they may become insufficient, a scenario for which authorities are prepared.

Romania has registered 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection

The number of the new coronavirus infection cases has reached 15 in Romania. The last two cases were confirmed on Sunday, a 42-year-old woman from Bucharest and a 70-year-old woman from Mures. Out of the 15 people diagnosed so far with COVID-19, 5 were declared cured and were discharged. The remaining 10 are admitted to medical centers in Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Craiova and Bucharest. The health status of the admitted patients is good, the Strategic Communication Group has announced.

Several Turkish citizens suffered foodborne illness at a guesthouse in the Romanian city of Brasov

More than 20 Turkish citizens who were staying at a guesthouse in Brasov were taken to several hospitals in the city, on Monday morning, suspected of food poisoning. They fell generally ill and also had other symptomps such as headaches and vomiting. Four of the patients were in critical condition, so SMURD and the County Ambulance Service were called in. At the same time, teams from the Consumer Protection and the Public Health Directorate took samples of the food served at the pension where the 21 tourists were staying. First checks revealed to the inspectors that some food and food ingredients were improperly stored and some dishes failed to be disinfected.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR