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Since July 1, in Moldova, after a three-month lull caused by the coronavirus epidemic, economic activity is fully restored. True, a number of restrictions still remain. Prohibitions on the work of educational institutions and the holding of mass events are valid until July 15, but – depending on the development of the epidemiological situation – may be extended. This is stated in the decision of the National Extraordinary Commission on Public Health of June 23. Meanwhile, the situation in the country remains critical.

Epidemic surge after quarantine mitigation

The incidence of COVID-19 has risen sharply since the first phase of restrictive measures. So, while before the end of the state of emergency on May 15, 150-190 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the country every day, now this number has increased 2.5 times. In two capital’s hospitals, newly closed departments for “covert” patients reopened, said Tatyana Bucharski, head of the Department of Social Assistance and Health of the Chisinau City Hall, on June 29.

Masks in public transport do not wear all

The authorities are sounding the alarm and calling citizens to responsibility: the country’s medical system may not stand it. The medical facilities lack staff. The incidence rate among doctors is high. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic, 2,403 health workers have been infected.

In total, in Moldova, the diagnosis of COVID-19 was made to 16,250 residents of the country. 9229 people were cured, 533 died.

Restrictions removed in stages

Phase-out restrictions began on May 15th. It was on this day that the two-month state of emergency, introduced on March 17, ended in the country.

On May 15, state employees went to work, hairdressers opened, trade in the markets resumed, public transport began to go according to the usual schedule (except weekends). Since June 1, shopping centers have begun to work.

However, Moldova still has a public health emergency. It is extended until July 15. Rehabilitation and rehabilitation centers, educational institutions, and night clubs are still closed. It is still forbidden to hold public events, gather in public places in groups of more than three people, and visit playgrounds and sports grounds in parks and courtyards. People over 63 years old should not leave home unless absolutely necessary. But many of the requirements of the National Emergency Public Health Commission are violated at every turn.

People relaxed

After partially removing quarantine restrictions, people relaxed.

Evgeny Goloshchapov

Evgeny Goloshchapov

“There were more social contacts, many began to neglect security measures, for example, stopped wearing masks or don’t wear them correctly, on their chins, so that no one could make claims that they weren’t,” says Yevgeny Goloshchapov, member of the Equality Council, who he recently transferred COVID-19. He believes that “citizens themselves should exercise more responsibility in order to restrain the spread of the disease and not put doctors in front of a choice who should be the first to help.”

Meanwhile, people’s fatigue from the situation and the steady heat are making themselves felt. The restaurants and cafes that opened after June 15 are full of visitors, people are engaged in sports fields and sunbathe on the beaches. Social media feeds are full of photographs of children and adults on lavender fields beyond Chisinau. Holidays in these places became so widespread that Prime Minister Ion Kiku found it necessary to write on his Facebook page: “When some of you are hospitalized in serious condition, show the doctor photos with lavender. I’m sure that most enthusiasts even in lavender fields complain that “the EU has closed borders.” But why should the civilized world behave differently with us? ”

In Chisinau amusement park

In Chisinau amusement park

On June 27, the National Emergency Commission on Public Health issued an order to ban exhibitions, fairs, and amusement parks. But “not everyone heard about it, for example, I didn’t,” Valentin admitted in an interview with DW correspondent (he did not give his last name), who rents out children’s cars in one of the capital’s parks. Moreover, he added, “coronavirus is all the fabrication of politicians.”

And in the OrheiLand amusement park in Orhei, a whole scandal erupted. On June 28, people dissatisfied with the decision of the National Commission for Public Health, led by MP Shor opposition party Marina Tauber, despite protests by the police, dismantled the fence at the entrance and allowed everyone to enter the park. As Tauber wrote in social networks, OrheiLand can continue to work, since all safety measures are followed.

Quarantine will not return

Despite the difficult situation, the authorities do not intend to impose strict quarantine measures again. “Without a gradual resumption of economic activity, a financial and budgetary collapse will occur in the country. And leaving people without salaries and pensions means consequences, including for the health of citizens, which will be much more serious,” Prime Minister Ion Kiku wrote in social networks.

Speaking at a briefing in Chisinau on June 29, President Dodon said kindergartens would open in the country two weeks later, “if the epidemiological situation permits.” According to him, in Moldova there is a 17% decrease in the incidence of COVID-19, compared with the period of June 15-21.

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