Friday, November 13th

In Romania, four in ten people would not accept a COVID-19 vaccine

Four in ten Romanians say that they would not vaccinate against COVID-19, if a vaccine would be available in the coming period and only two in ten people have said that they would agree to be immunized. Another 30% of the respondents have said that they would wait for a while and would get vaccinated only if they heard that people who did so had no problems due to the vaccine. Also, 8% have said that they would accept to be vaccinated of they received more explanations about the vaccine, according to a survey conducted by the Larics Sociological research Center and the Romanian Association of International Medicines Producers and the Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations.

Romania has crossed the mark of 100,000 active COVID-19 cases

For the first time since the start pf the pandemic, Romania has registered more than 100,000 active COVID-19 cases, with more than 10% of them announced on Thursday. The number of people requiring intensive care has also surged and reached a new record high. On Thursday, the authorities have reporter 10,142 new coronavirus infections, out of almost 36,000 tests. The capital Bucharest held the record of the new infections – 927 and another three counties have topped 400 cases in 24 hours: Brasov, Cluj and Hunedoara. Also, 121 people died in the last day due to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities to 8.500. More than 1,150 patients, out of 12.850 people hospitalized with COVID-19, are currently admitted to Intensive Care Units.

The Romanian Government has extended the state of alert by 30 days, as of November 14

The state of alert has been extended bu 30 days in Romania, effective as of Saturday, November 14th. The government made the decision during a cabinet meeting on Thursday evening. The head of the Emergency Situations Department, Raed Arafat, has underlined that the measures of sanitary protection enforced in agreement with epidemiologists are still in place and will be applied during the parliamentary elections too. He also explained that a common decree by Health Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs would be issued for voting stations established abroad.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR