Romanian president steps in as pandemic gets out of control

“The lack of concrete action by the authorities is alarming, and today’s figures, unfortunately, confirm that what should have been done so far has not been done,” Iohannis said in a statement. [EPA-EFE / ROBERT GHEMENT]

President Klaus Iohannis has called a meeting of all health authorities involved in the management of the coronavirus pandemic as the death toll hit a new record high of 574 COVID-related deaths on Tuesday (19 October).

“The lack of concrete action by the authorities is alarming, and today’s figures, unfortunately, confirm that what should have been done so far has not been done,” Iohannis said in a statement.

He added that he would convene a meeting to set new clear restrictive measures to reduce the spread of infections at this time, hinting that new lockdowns could be on the way.

The meeting is to be scheduled on Wednesday, when the parliament votes on installing a new government, but there are slim chances that Dacian Ciolos will get the political support for his Cabinet.

Iohannis said preparations for the fourth pandemic were deficient. He noted that it was not the time to point fingers but rather take actions to overcome a national drama.

He also lashed out against conspiracy theories and fake news spreaders opposing vaccines, as people were encouraged to turn down “the actual solution that could save their lives.” (

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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