Romania tightens restrictions as cases surge

Romania tightens restrictions as cases surge
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Authorities in Romania plan to make masks compulsory in crowded outdoor places and to close bars by 23:00 local time in a bid to tackle a spike in infections, APA reports citing BBC.

In total the country has recorded 47,053 cases and 2,239 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. But numbers have been soaring recently, with the number of new confirmed cases rising by more than 1,000 every day for the past week.

Until July, the government hospitalised infected people by decree, and ordered those exposed to stay at home. But at the start of the month the Constitutional Court ruled this was not legal - meaning 972 positive patients were let out of hospital against medical advice, and some 3,680 infected people were not treated in hospital at all.

Since then a new law has been passed to allow the government to enforce isolation and hospitalisations. Health Minister Nelu Tataru warned however that their release could lead to a spike in new cases.

Officials also say people have not complied with hygiene and distancing rules, including an order to wear masks on public transport.

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