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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO health minister: Extending use of Covid-19 pass no longer urgent

The ‘green’ Covid-19 pass for the workplace is no longer urgent as the fifth wave the country is experiencing could end in a few weeks, health minister Alexandru Rafila told television station Digi24.

“I no longer see the urgency of the pass because any legislative initiative […] requires a time to implement, which means several weeks and I hope this fifth wave ends in a few weeks,” he said.

In October of last year, the Covid-19 pass was introduced for access to restaurants, malls, non-essential shops, and cultural venues, among others, as the country was hit by the fourth wave of the pandemic and was struggling with a record number of cases and hospital admissions. The number of Covid-19 cases has been growing over the past two weeks, with 10,062 cases reported on January 15.

The certificate’s use was to be extended to the workplace, but this did not receive political support, Rafila explained.

“It is not a victim [of politics]. It is something that did not receive political support. To me, the most unpleasant thing was this continuous shifting of responsibility: who is to blame for this situation related to not adopting a form of the green certificate or the Covid-19 pass,” Rafila said.

He explained that one of the purposes of the Covid-19 pass is to encourage vaccination.

“When people need such a certificate that includes vaccination to travel or go to work, they get vaccinated to receive it and to not have to undergo testing periodically,” he explained.

“The second purpose is related to public health, as we have proposed it in the project done together with the colleagues from the [public health institute] INSP - the pass would be introduced for a limited period of time to put a brake on transmission. If those who use public transport, go to work are vaccinated, have recovered from the illness or a tested, the transmissibility drops, especially in public transport, which is a main source of transmission,” he added.

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simona@romania-insider.com

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Simona Fodor
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Simona joined the Romania Insider team in 2015, first working on our travel guide in English and, later, writing features and interviews for Romania-insider.com. She holds a BA in Romanian and English and an MA in American Studies from the University of Bucharest and started her journalism career in 2003.  Simona divides her time between her hometown Ploiești and Bucharest. While in Ploiești, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks with the family dog. Going through an ever-expanding reading list and traveling, now replaced by travel literature and documentaries, are some of her favorite activities. You can get in touch with her for stories about arts, culture, and travel: simona@romania-insider.com 

 

RO health minister: Extending use of Covid-19 pass no longer urgent

The ‘green’ Covid-19 pass for the workplace is no longer urgent as the fifth wave the country is experiencing could end in a few weeks, health minister Alexandru Rafila told television station Digi24.

“I no longer see the urgency of the pass because any legislative initiative […] requires a time to implement, which means several weeks and I hope this fifth wave ends in a few weeks,” he said.

In October of last year, the Covid-19 pass was introduced for access to restaurants, malls, non-essential shops, and cultural venues, among others, as the country was hit by the fourth wave of the pandemic and was struggling with a record number of cases and hospital admissions. The number of Covid-19 cases has been growing over the past two weeks, with 10,062 cases reported on January 15.

The certificate’s use was to be extended to the workplace, but this did not receive political support, Rafila explained.

“It is not a victim [of politics]. It is something that did not receive political support. To me, the most unpleasant thing was this continuous shifting of responsibility: who is to blame for this situation related to not adopting a form of the green certificate or the Covid-19 pass,” Rafila said.

He explained that one of the purposes of the Covid-19 pass is to encourage vaccination.

“When people need such a certificate that includes vaccination to travel or go to work, they get vaccinated to receive it and to not have to undergo testing periodically,” he explained.

“The second purpose is related to public health, as we have proposed it in the project done together with the colleagues from the [public health institute] INSP - the pass would be introduced for a limited period of time to put a brake on transmission. If those who use public transport, go to work are vaccinated, have recovered from the illness or a tested, the transmissibility drops, especially in public transport, which is a main source of transmission,” he added.

(Photo: Karzof Pleine/ Dreamstime)

simona@romania-insider.com

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