Romanian acting PM, Mr. Ludovic Orban, asked Romanians from the affected areas in Italy not to come home on Easter Holidays unless there is an emergency case. He made this request in the context of the Coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic from Italy, where almost 200 died from getting infected. More than 1M Romanians live in Italy, some in the affected areas.
Italy is the most affected country in Europe and has registered the biggest number of deaths from Coronavirus in the world after China.
On Friday, in Bruxelles, there is an extraordinary reunion of the Health Ministers from the European Union. It is expected to be discussed the latest measures to be taken in order to prevent a Coronavirus pandemic on the European continent.
Romania has registered so far 9 cases of patients with Coronavirus, out of which 3 already recovered and went home. Also, 12 persons remained under medical quarantine in hospitals for further investigations, while more than 12,000 are isolated at home for 14 days.
Romanian authorities decided to take drastic measures against those who do not respect the quarantine or the home isolation rules. The fine goes up to more than 2,000 Euros in local currency.
Even so, the acting PM’s request is seen by lots of Romanians as coming from a head of Government who is not ready to proper fight with Coronavirus, even if he declared so a few weeks ago. Besides, Mr. Orban admitted that Romanian authorities couldn’t cope with a worst case scenario where there would be 80,000-90,000 infected patients, as there are not enough hospital beds and medical personnel to treat them.