Romania calls for EU approach on mutual recognition of COVID-19 tests

Romania's President Klaus Iohannis gestures after voting at a polling station in Bucharest, Romania. [EPA-EFE/BOGDAN CRISTEL]

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has called for a unified EU approach on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 tests, but also for isolation and quarantine procedures.

The president also emphasised the need to raise funding available under the Emergency Support Instrument to increase the supply of vaccines.

Before EU leaders discussed the collective effort to fight the pandemic on Thursday, Iohannis told Romanian media he will insist on ensuring the proper functioning of the single market and free movement within the bloc.

Romania’s president also said he would promote the need to ensure adequate reserves of medicines and medical equipment across all member states.

The pandemic situation has worsened in Romania as the country registered more than 6,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday.

Within the past 24 hours on Thursday, 6,481 COVID-19 patients were registered in Romania, a far cry from the previous record daily increase of 5,343 announced on Wednesday (27 October), according to the country’s health officials.

Romania has recorded more than 229,000 infections and 6,764 deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Bogdan Neagu |


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