Romania installed a new government

Romania installed a new government in a special Parliament meeting held on Saturday. With many of the ministers, including the Prime Minister, in self-isolation after coming in contact with a senator who tested positive for coronavirus, hearings were held via teleconferences, and MPs voted one by one in a special disinfected room and not in the plenary hall.

With a full-power government now, President Klaus Iohannis is expected to declare a state of emergency on Monday to allow more quick response to the coronavirus crisis.

Romania reported so far 139 cases, but the rather low number is due to a very limited capacity for testing, mass-media reported. In a teleconference with reporters on Sunday evening, PM Ludovic Orban acknowledged the situation and said the priority for the government in the past week was to buy new testing equipment and new test kits, and the supplies could be available this week. But the prime minister also said there is a shortage of persons trained to do these tests and the authorities are ”trying to identify a large number of specialists that could perform these tests.”

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