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Aureliu Ciocoi: Children started to be affected by British variant of COVID-19

About 1,000 pregnant women are being treated for COVID-19 and almost 13,000 children all over the country remain infected with the novel coronavirus. “Last year, the figure of children affected by COVID-19 was almost inexistent. Now the children are affected by the British strain. Most of the infected children are aged between 10 and 17,” IPN quoted acting Prime Minister Aureliu Ciocoi as saying after the meeting of the State of Emergency Unified Command Center, IPN reports.

According to Aureliu Ciocoi, no doctor got infected during the last 24 hours and this confirms the efficiency of the vaccine.

The red alert in the districts of Taraclia, Hâncești and Florești was lifted after fewer than 100 cases per 1,000 people were recorded there during the last few days.

So far, 89,000 persons have been vaccinated with the first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Of the 180,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine received by the Republic of Moldova, over 50,000 were distributed all over the country. The rest of the doses of this lot are kept for being administered as the second dose.

According to the information provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs, an increased number of service members continue to patrol in Chisinau, Bălți and Strășeni. Over 15,800 companies and 1,100 places of worship have been inspected since the state of emergency was declared. The imposed fines came to over 7 million lei.

Aureliu Ciocoi noted the police are facing difficulties in managing the flow of people in public transport. During services in churches, the people continue to be given communion with one teaspoon and this can lead to an increase in the number of new cases of COVID-19.

Crowdedness is reported in markets and shopping centers on Fridays and Saturdays. The official urged the managers to engage additional personnel on these weekdays so as to fluidize the flow of people and not to expose them to the risk of infection.

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