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Irina Marica
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Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romania to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions in March, health minister says

Health minister Alexandru Rafila expects the COVID-19 incidence rate to drop in the next few weeks, which would allow the authorities to start easing some of the restrictions imposed in the country. For example, Romania could drop the digital COVID certificate in March.

Rafila told Digi24 that the current COVID-19 wave shows signs of slowing down.

"We have three consecutive days of decline, accompanied by decreases in hospitals. […] It's a good thing, and we'll probably see a rapid decline three or four weeks from now. Let's hope it stays that way," the health minister said.

He expects the incidence rate to drop to around 1 in about four weeks, which would allow the authorities to reassess the public health measures and cancel some of the restrictions, "such as the digital certificate."

"The restrictions must be lifted gradually," the minister said, adding that the last rules to be changed would probably be the ones related to the use of masks indoors.

"Otherwise, we will probably be able to return to normal, and I hope we can end the state of alert, which has been extended for almost two years in Romania. We can also think of cancelling the request to use the mask indoors, but things must be done gradually," he added.

Although he doesn't rule out the possibility of new variants emerging in the future, Alexandru Rafila hopes this is the last wave to hit the country so strongly. However, he urges people to continue to follow preventive measures and get vaccinated.

Romania reported 22,737 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to Digi24. By comparison, the country registered 26,466 new cases of infection on February 10 and 27,346 on February 9.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Inquam Photos/George Calin)

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romania to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions in March, health minister says

Health minister Alexandru Rafila expects the COVID-19 incidence rate to drop in the next few weeks, which would allow the authorities to start easing some of the restrictions imposed in the country. For example, Romania could drop the digital COVID certificate in March.

Rafila told Digi24 that the current COVID-19 wave shows signs of slowing down.

"We have three consecutive days of decline, accompanied by decreases in hospitals. […] It's a good thing, and we'll probably see a rapid decline three or four weeks from now. Let's hope it stays that way," the health minister said.

He expects the incidence rate to drop to around 1 in about four weeks, which would allow the authorities to reassess the public health measures and cancel some of the restrictions, "such as the digital certificate."

"The restrictions must be lifted gradually," the minister said, adding that the last rules to be changed would probably be the ones related to the use of masks indoors.

"Otherwise, we will probably be able to return to normal, and I hope we can end the state of alert, which has been extended for almost two years in Romania. We can also think of cancelling the request to use the mask indoors, but things must be done gradually," he added.

Although he doesn't rule out the possibility of new variants emerging in the future, Alexandru Rafila hopes this is the last wave to hit the country so strongly. However, he urges people to continue to follow preventive measures and get vaccinated.

Romania reported 22,737 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, according to Digi24. By comparison, the country registered 26,466 new cases of infection on February 10 and 27,346 on February 9.

irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(Photo source: Inquam Photos/George Calin)

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