Romania's Adonis wants to expand alert mode to fight coronavirus

President Klaus Ioannis said on Wednesday that the vigilance status of Romania, issued from May 15 to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, should be increased by another 30 days by mid-August due to an increase in the number of infections.

Ioannis implemented a tough lockout in the EU member state in March to curb the disease and in May changed the situation from a "weak" state to a "weak" one.

"The number of daily infections has crossed 600. That's a lot ... even if we don't enforce the new sanctions, we can't talk about any amnesty," he said.

His proposal must be formally approved by the central government. Opposition Social Democrats have accused the cabinet of trying to remake daily life through "fines and sanctions".

In Romania, 34,226 cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported so far, of which 22,049 have been cured and 1,952 have died. It has registered 641 new cases in the last 24 hours.

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