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Romanian government to relax some COVID-19 restrictions

People wearing protective masks walk in a market, following the introduction of new restrictions imposed by the government following a spate of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Bucharest, Romania, Oct. 26, 2021. Inquam Photos/George Calin via REUTERS

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BUCHAREST, Dec. 8 (Reuters) – The Romanian government will relax some COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday, eliminating a curfew and a requirement to wear face masks outside for the winter holidays, officials said Tuesday.

The state of the European Union reported 1,421 new daily COVID-19 cases and 107 deaths on Tuesday, distant record highs reported in October and early November during the pandemic’s deadliest wave.

Shops and restaurants are allowed to close at 10 p.m., an hour later than now. Access to most non-essential public places is allowed not only for those who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from the virus, but also for those who can present a negative COVID-19 test.

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Masks will remain mandatory on public transport and in public areas, but will no longer be mandatory outside, except in crowded areas such as markets.

Romania remains the second least vaccinated country in the EU, with just under 39% of the population vaccinated amid distrust of state institutions, poor vaccine education and misinformation campaigns.

On Saturday, the country confirmed its first two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. read more

The government has tightened travel restrictions, requiring negative COVID-19 tests and quarantining unvaccinated travelers. Passenger locator forms will be introduced from December 20.

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Reporting by Luiza Ilie; Editing by Stephen Coates

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