Bucharest is facing a rising rate of coronavirus infection
Romanian authorities discussed on Tuesday the situation in the capital Bucharest, where the infection rate with the new coronavirus is the highest nationally. All the preparations are being made for the red scenario, although this situation has not been reached yet. The prefect of the capital, Gheorghe Cojanu, explained that reaching the threshold of three per thousand does not imply the immediate application of restrictions.
Gheorghe Cojanu: The rate today is 2.69. At an incidence rate of 3, we will take steps to move schools to the red scenario. We will not yet take action at a rate of 3.05, but we will wait, taking into account the real population. If we find that the increase lasts three days in a row after the incidence rate 3 is exceeded, then we will take a decision within the Municipal Committee for Emergency Situations, on the recommendation of the Public Health Directorate.
Romania to implement first natiowide air quality forecasting system for large urban agglomerations
Romanian authorities signed on Tuesday a financing contract for the modernization and extension of the national air quality monitoring network. The Minister of Environment, Costel Alexe, who held a joint press conference with the Minister of European Funds, Marcel Boloș, said that, for the first time in Romania, a national air quality forecasting system will be developed for large urban agglomerations. The monitoring network will be expanded with 60 new stations, for a total investment of 3 million euros, one million provided through the Large Infrastructure Operational Program. The network currently has 148 stations in operation nationwide, from which eight are installed in Bucharest.
More than 20,000 Romanians abroad registered to vote by mail in parliamentary elections
More than 20,000 Romanians abroad registered to vote by mail in the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6. So far, almost 22,000 applications have been submitted. Romanian citizens with the right to vote residing abroad, who wish to vote in the legislative elections, can register until October 22 at the latest, on the platform www.votstrainatate.ro. The Secretary of State in the Department for Romanians Everywhere, Ovidiu Burdușa, urged Romanians abroad to register for voting by mail, saying that in these elections there could be far fewer polling stations abroad, due to the COVID-19 epidemic.