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Romania extends state of alert over coronavirus for another month

Christian Fernsby |
The Romanian government announced on Wednesday to extend the state of alert for another month and advance the start of the nationwide curfew by one hour to 10 p.m.

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Topics: ROMANIA   

This is the tenth extension of the one-month state of alert, which was first announced in mid-May last year following a two-month higher-level state of emergency in order to fight the pandemic. As the spread of coronavirus could not be effectively controlled, the authorities on Nov. 9 decided to reimpose a nationwide 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

The government also decided to limit the occupancy rate to 70 percent capacity at tourist accommodation spaces in several localities, including skiing resorts.

These new rules will enter into force starting from March 14.

The wearing of protective face masks remains mandatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces across the county. Local authorities can adopt stricter restrictions on public dining and entertainment, and on in-person classes in schools if the local infection rate reaches a certain level.

As of Wednesday, 1,297,160 Romanians had received at least the first coronavirus vaccine dose, including 672,686, who have received both doses.

The COVID-19 vaccination campaign started on Dec. 27, 2020 in Romania. Currently, three vaccines are used - those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

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