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Romania to transfer lockdown fines to healthcare system

Christian Fernsby |
Romanian Interior Minister Ion Marcel Vela said on Saturday that the money collected from the lockdown fines would go to the healthcare system.

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Topics: ROMANIA   

"I met with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban," the minister told a local TV station. "These fines will not be used for other purposes ... all those who have paid the fines should know that their money will go to the medical system," he said.

Vela said that more than 300,000 fines worth 600 million lei (136 million U.S. dollars) in total have been imposed since the country entered a state of emergency on March 16.

A nationwide lockdown came into effect on March 25. Romanians are asked to stay home and carry a pass with them when going out for essential purposes.

On April 3, the government increased the level of the fines imposed during the state of emergency.

Romania has reported a total of 12,732 coronavirus cases with 771 fatalities as of Saturday.

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