Romania has so far confirmed 89 cases of coronavirus in the country as the respiratory disease continues to spread through Europe. As a result, the nation has stepped up its measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus.
More than 145,000 have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide in 139 countries.
This week, the World Health Organisation labelled the coronavirus crisis a pandemic as it continues to worsen.
Globally, more than 5,000 people have died, while 71,715 have so far recovered.
Many countries, especially in Europe, are now stepping up measures to delay the spread of coronavirus, including travel bans, school closures and quarantines.
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Is it safe to travel to Romania?
Close to 90 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Romania and the authorities have introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the virus.
The public health system is already under significant strain.
This week the nation entered its second phase of its response to the outbreak with supermarkets and shopping centres now operating at reduced opening hours.
Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have been banned, with cultural, artistic institutions and museums following suit.
Almost 14,000 are self-isolating while 2,067 are in quarantine.
On Friday, the government announced its members were self-isolating, after a Liberal Party senator confirmed he had the virus.
The Department for Emergency Situations spokesman, Theodor Mihai, said: “”We are considering increasing prevention measures, yet the conditions under which new restrictions will take place depends on several indicators such as the number of infected people, their health status and number of available quarantine sites.”
A work from home system has also been established as a precaution measure to come in aid of employees.
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Restrictions for travellers arriving in Romania include:
- mandatory quarantine in an institution such as a hospital if you have travelled from Italy, Hubei Province in China, Madrid, Iran, or Daegu City or Chendongo County in South Korea
- all flights, bus, and rail routes from Italy are suspended, and airlines have been asked to deny boarding to travellers coming from the above countries and areas
- travellers arriving from other parts of China, South Korea, all of Iran, and Heinsberg District in North-Rhine Westphilia in Germany will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.Travellers arriving from the UK are required to fill in a form to self-certify that they are infection-free. Infringements on these procedures are being pursued with fines of up to €4000
- the Romanian Government has indicated that travel restrictions are likely to expanded in the coming days. There are some indications that travel from the UK may be more tightly managed.
Within Romania the Government has:
- announced the closure of national museums and other tourist attractions such as the Palace of the Parliament
- banned confined space events with more than 100 participants, and all events with more than 1000 participants
- closed all schools in the country until at least 22 March, which may be extended
- recommended all universities suspend courses until 31 March
- asked private companies based in cities and with over 99 employees to vary working hours to reduce overcrowding on public transport. Government ministries have been mandated to work with much lower staffing levels
- advised against non-essential use of public transport
Are there still flights to Romania?
All flights to and from Italy have been cancelled, as people coming in will be automatically placed under quarantine and home isolation.
Some flights from Romania to Germany and those from Germany to Romania have also been cancelled.
Wizz Air also announced they would cancel flights to help stop the spread of the pandemic.
In a press release, the flight company said: “To help limit the epidemic, Wizz Air cancels flights from Memmingen / Munich West, Dortmund, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Madrid, Nuremberg, Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden, Frankfurt Hahn to Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, on March 11, 2020.”
As the situation continues to worsen more flights could be cancelled and all passenger due to travel to Romania should check with the airline if the flight will still be operating.
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