BUCHAREST – Diaspora stay away

President Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday that during the outbreak, it is better that Romanians living abroad do not come back to Romania for the Easter vacation.

“We must tell Romanians living in the diaspora, with deep sadness but also sincerely, that they should not return home this year for the holidays,” Iohannis said, adding that travelling through Europe was difficult due to member states’ travel restrictions. 

And even if travel were possible, the president noted that the people returning would have to go into quarantine or self-isolation immediately after entering Romania.

Romania has one of the largest diasporas among European countries, with more than 5 million people living abroad. The largest host countries for Romania’s emigrant population are Italy and Spain, the hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Romania, there are 277 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections, according to public health authorities. (EURACTIV.ro)

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