April 6, 2020 / 11:52 AM / 4 months ago

Romania will extend state of emergency by 30 days - president

FILE PHOTO: Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis arrives for the European Council summit in Brussels, Belgium February 21, 2020. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania’s government will extend its state of emergency by another 30 days after the current period ending next week, to help halt the spread of the new coronavirus, President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday.

“We need to do this again. It’s a necessity. People should understand that without this measure, the virus cannot be stopped,” Iohannis told a video briefing.

Romania has so far recorded 4,057 confirmed cases of infection and 157 deaths.

Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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