Monday, April 5, 2021

3,611 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Romania

Romania has registered in the last 24 hours 3,611 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, with over 14,000 tests performed. 120 deaths were also reported, and 1,478 patients are currently hospitalized in Intensive Care units, a new record since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic in Romania. The infection rate decreased slightly in some counties, but Ilfov county is still in first place, with 8.97 cases per thousand inhabitants, followed by the capital Bucharest, with 6.83, and the city of Cluj, with 6.37.

Vaccination contributes to easing restrictions and reopening the economy, says Romania’s Prime Minister

An inter-ministerial committee is going to prepare for the return to normalcy from June 1 – Prime Minister Florin Cîţu announced on Monday. Prime Minister Cîţu stressed that vaccination will contribute to the reopening of the economy and the relaxation of some restrictions. „We have a plateau that has been maintained for almost a week, as well as if I look at the daily evolution in the percentage of confirmed cases, in Bucharest we have a stabilization, even a decrease in the last few days and in Ilfov we have a plateau. Timisoara is declining, the measures had an effect there as well”, the Romanian prime minister specified. It is important that all political forces, including the representatives of the cults, mobilize, present to the population information about the vaccination campaign, Prime Minister Cîţu added. He also said that we could speak of an optimistic scenario in which over 6.3 million adults to be vaccinated in Romania.

Over 9,000 packs of smuggled cigarettes confiscated by border guards in Constanța port

Romanian border police have discovered over 9,000 packs of contraband cigarettes hidden in the ballast tank of a ship anchored in the port of Constanța, the Coast Guard announced on Monday. The cigarettes were discovered following a check with sniffer dog. The ship, under the Sierra Leone flag, arrived in Constanța from Turkey. Investigations revealed that the cigarettes not declared to the Romanian port authorities were purchased from a port on Turkish territory by three members of the ship’s crew – two Syrians and an Egyptian. The confiscated goods are worth 182,000 lei, over 37,000 euros./mbaciu

Magda Baciu – RADOR