In Romania, two crises have come to a head at the same time: The rapid spread of the coronavirus is increasingly overwhelming the health care system, and the attempt to form a government failed on Wednesday. Now Defense Minister Ciuca is supposed to form a government.
1:27 p.m., October 21, 2021
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The country has a government that is only able to act to a limited extent because of conflicting parties. And that in the middle of a corona emergency: Alone iIn the last 24 hours, 574 people died of and with Corona in Romania – more than in the entire EU in the same period. Defense Minister Ciuca is now supposed to form a government.
Since yesterday Wednesday the chairman of the small liberal party USR, Dacian Ciolos, was at one Failed to form a government. The civil coalition of the PNL and USR broke up about two weeks ago.
Romania’s President Klaus Johannis spoke on Thursday after explorations with the parliamentary groups, Defense Minister Nicolae Ciuca (Liberal Party / PNL) charged with forming a government. The former four-star general is considered a confidante of the head of state. Johannis had appointed him provisional successor in office at the end of 2020 following the resignation of the then Prime Minister Ludovic Orban (PNL).
The government crisis takes place in a dramatic situation in Romania: The death rate from the coronavirus in the country is currently one of the highest in the world. The death rate from the coronavirus is highest in Romania worldwide: 19.01 per million inhabitants, calculated the portal “ourworldindata.org” on Wednesday. The 14-day incidence of around 859 new infections is among the highest in the EU.
Doctor Victoria Arama mentioned the situation in Bucharest “apocalyptic”: Covid patients would fight each other for oxygen devices on hospital corridors. 1,799 Corona patients are currently receiving intensive care across the country – some in hospital corridors, in containers, tents and ambulances. There are only 1,668 places in intensive care units. 30 seriously ill patients have already been sent to neighboring Hungary.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised help for hospital equipment as well as advice on promoting the previously weak vaccination readiness. Only 34.8 of the Romanians have full vaccination protection. Conspiracy theorists in the media, show business and the Romanian Orthodox Church are to blame for this.
At the same time, precautionary rules are only sparsely monitored. The PNL party recently held a congress with 5,000 delegates in the presence of the head of state Iohannis. The police subsequently imposed a fine on PNL for violating the distance rules and mask requirement.
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