President of Romania Klaus Iohannis announced on Friday, March 4, that the state of alert for the COVID-19 pandemic will finish on March 8, 2022.
After the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit Romania in mid-March 2020, the president declared a state of emergency. The state of emergency became the state of alert. Because of the state of alert, the government imposed various restrictions in order to manage the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 epidemic is on an accelerated downward trend in our country, and the fifth wave is about to end. It is time, therefore, to make new decisions related to the management of this situation, decisions with a major impact for the future,” Iohannis said in a press statement on March 4.
“With the lifting of the alert, a series of measures that have been in force until now will be eliminated. The complete measures will be announced and explained in detail, in the next period, by the competent authorities.”
Iohannis also stated that once they lift the state of alert, the Ministry of Health will continue to manage the pandemic’s progression.
According to the most recent official figures, 64,000 people died in Romania since the first case of COVID-19 infection. This accounts for approximately 2.3 percent of the total number of people infected with the virus.
The fifth wave of the pandemic, also known as the Omicron wave, began in January of this year. It peaked on February 1 with over 40,000 new cases of infection reported in a single day.
On March 4, Romania reported 5,600 new COVID-19 cases and 67 deaths.
“Even if there are good signs that we have entered a downward phase, it is just as important that we continue to vaccinate and protect ourselves because we will most likely have to live with this virus,” President Iohannis said.