Monday, January 25th

Easing of restrictions in Bucharest

In Bucharest, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and gambling halls are reopening in Bucharest today. However, they will work at low capacity and a limited schedule. The relaxation of the restrictions comes after in the capital incidence of COVID-19 infection was in the last days less than three per thousand inhabitants.
Reporter: Cătălina Creţu: Yesterday, the capital registered 2.37 cases of coronavirus per thousand inhabitants and was in the yellow zone for the fifth day in a row. For this reason, the authorities have decided to reopen the interior of restaurants, movie theaters, theaters and game rooms at 30% capacity and only between 6:00 and 21:00. It is important to note that now baptisms are still forbidden. At the same time, the activity of restaurants and cafes inside hotels, guesthouses or other accommodation is allowed between 6:00 and 23:00.
In the country, only Timiș County remained in the red scenario with 3.52 cases per thousand inhabitants, decreasing compared to the previous day. Another 13 counties are in the yellow zone and 27 counties in the green zone, with less than 1.5 cases per thousand inhabitants. The lowest infection rates are registered in the counties: Buzău, Olt, Harghita, Vrancea and Gorj. Another 1,816 cases of coronavirus were reported yesterday, following 14,000 tests. 54 deaths were also announced, and 1,020 patients are in international intensive care. Of all those who became ill at the beginning of the pandemic, almost 90% recovered. (Radio Romania)

The Romanian Government granted the smallest economic support package in Europe in the context of the pandemic

The Romanian government has granted the smallest economic support package in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by the rating agency Moody’s. The company analyzed eight states: Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Otherwise, our country has allocated a tax support of only four percent of gross domestic product according to the document. Research shows that half of this package was represented by direct measures and deferrals or tax exemptions, while half was granted in the form of government guarantees. At the opposite end of the scale is the Czech Republic, which has allocated more than 20% of gross domestic product as pandemic support measures. (Radio Romania)

Romania has received the sixth tranche of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The sixth tranche of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, with over 92,000 doses, arrived in Romania this morning. The transport arrived by plane and will be distributed in Bucharest and in six other regional centers in the country. The next vaccine tranche would be brought to the country tomorrow, and at this moment the official confirmation from the manufacturing company is awaited. We remind you that the second stage of the national vaccination campaign is currently underway, aimed at people over the age of 65, the chronically ill regardless of age, as well as the key staff working in key areas. As the new installments arrive in Romania, the programming application is updated and allows the continuation of appointments for people in the current stage. (Radio Romania)/aboboc

Adelina Boboc – RADOR