In Romania, more than twenty municipalities protested against the restrictions


In Romania, there were protests on Sunday night against the tightening of epidemiological restrictions in 24 municipalities, and in seven cases the number of participants exceeded one hundred people as required by law, the Mediafax news agency said on Monday.

The gendarmerie imposed 219 fines on the organizers and some participants in the amount of approximately 100 thousand lei (7.4 million forints) for non-compliance with the curfew, assembly restrictions and health regulations, which started earlier in more infected settlements.

On Sunday night, authorities fined 120,000 lei and closed three luxury nightclubs in Bucharest, where, despite previous fines, large-scale parties were regularly held in disregard of epidemiological bans.

In Romania, a government decision came into force on Sunday night to increase the duration of the night curfew by two hours and reduce the opening hours of shops in settlements where the rate of spread of coronavirus infections has accelerated. The government decision bans, among other things, the operation of clubs, bars, discos and arcades.

On Monday afternoon, new demonstrations against epidemiological restrictions were reported on news television from several major cities in Romania, joined by the Association of Opposition Romanians (AUR). According to the party, which has recently gained parliamentary representation with nationalist and anti-virus rhetoric, Romania is boiling over its freedom to reclaim it because the government is “terrorizing with threats, panic statistics and fines and sentencing the population to house arrest”. The AUR has announced a series of national demonstrations.

The demonstrations on Monday afternoon were already taking place in a more tense atmosphere, and in Bucharest and Sibiu there was also a brawl between a protester who refused to testify and the gendarmes.

In Bucharest, demonstrators – mostly without protective masks – raising national flags and AUR badges – marched for hours in the city, sometimes with a burst of firecrackers. were the loudspeakers.

In many places, the Palestinian-born Secretary of State for Disaster Relief Raed Arafat, who communicated the decisions of the epidemiological operative, demanded his resignation, but in Pitesti rigmus was chanted.

According to a report by the Strategic Communications Tribe on Monday, the number of serious cases treated in intensive care was approaching 1,400 in Romania, representing a saturation of more than 93 percent.

Another 120 coronavirus patients died on Monday, authorities said. In less than a month, the number of deaths in Romania has almost doubled. Although the average number of new cases officially registered did not reach 5,500 (compared to 8,500 last November), epidemiologists conclude from the rapidly growing number of victims and serious cases that the situation is more serious in many respects than in the past. during the peak of the second wave.


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