Post-summer COVID news: Romania extends state of alert until mid-October

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The Romanian government extended its state of alert by a further 30 days from 15 September until mid-October.

The government also eased some of the restrictions which are in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and lifted the prohibition on contact sports, according to local officials.

As Romania will hold local elections on 27 September, meetings, but also protests, can be organised, but they should not have more than 100 attendees.

On 16 September, Romania announced that the number of people tested positive within a day was the highest since the start of the pandemic as the country recorded 1,713 new COVID-19 cases. Still, President Klaus Iohannis said no new restrictions would be introduced but that people should respect distancing, hygiene and disinfecting procedures.

School restarts after six-month wait

After six months of waiting, students in Romania will be attending classes for the start of the new school year as of 14 September.

Most schools in Romania will await their students for ”face to face” classes, while a few will only provide online courses and some others will implement a ”hybrid” system, with pupils rotating in classrooms.

The week before the reopening of schools, Romania’s authorities had said that courses would be held online if the number of COVID-19 cases were to pass a certain threshold.

The decision to open schools is not easy, but necessary, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis told a news conference on 9 September.

“There are just a few localities where courses will only be held online, while in others, schools will open in a ‘hybrid’ system, depending on epidemiological and logistical factors,” the president added.

Iohannis also encouraged parents to send their children to school and explain to them that, for a while, school will be “different”.

→ Read more on the measures taken before summer break here:

Romania records more than 1,000 daily COVID-19 cases for first time ever

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