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Health Minister rules out Easter lockdown for Bucharest

Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu said that Bucharest will not be placed under lockdown this Orthodox Easter, explaining that the Ministry of Health has drawn up an order that has introduced new criteria for quarantining localities, according to Romania-Insider. 

“Bucharest will not lockdown for Easter. The new criteria for quarantining localities have been published. (…) The criteria that can lead to a recommendation to quarantine a locality has been clarified and updated. The level of COVID-19 testing becomes one of the main factors, along with the incidence rate and occupancy rate of hospital beds and intensive care units. Zonal quarantine is also defined and as before the quarantine decision is made based on several factors not automatically,” said Voiculescu in a Facebook message on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, an order signed by the Secretary of State, Andreea Moldovan on the application of measures to prevent and contain COVID-19 was published in the Official Journal which defines a score based on certain criteria and points are awarded according to a series of indicators:

Towns, cities/metropolitan areas with over 100,000 inhabitants risk being quarantined if they have at least 60 points. The number of tests performed in the last seven days, the cumulative incidence rate in 14 days from which 30 points are assigned is 3 cases per thousand inhabitants. The number of outbreaks / total cases in the administrative areas, the occupancy rate of intensive care beds in the county as well as the occupancy rate of beds intended for patients with COVID-19 in the county and If the incidence rate is rising, another 20 points will be added.