On Friday the 13th, the Republic of Moldova declared a Code Red (🇲🇩).
Since nobody had any idea what the hell a Code Red was, life went on as usual in Chisinau, one of the most densely inhabited cities in this region.
Even scary stock photos didn’t help:
On Saturday, the police shut down the enormous Central Market and fend off angry vendors:
Enraged by the public’s failure to heed the all-important “Code Red”, the mayor, Ion Ceban, ordered (🇲🇩) all public transportation in Chisinau to cease operations on Sunday (today), although they will resume work tomorrow.
My favorite quote:
Some people have been clashing with the police because they [the police] wouldn’t let them set up in an off-limits area.
Listen, the authorities aren’t closing things down just because they love to close things down. They’re doing it because they need to take all means necessary to assure the safety of the citizens.
There are only 12 confirmed cases of the virus in Moldova and zero deaths.
Romania decided to take it to another level and impose martial law (🇷🇴) starting on Monday.
In Iohannis’s speech, he didn’t once mention the word “military”, but it definitely is (🇷🇴) martial law.
Some fun bits:
Military authorities have the power to issue official orders. These carry the weight of law, and the population is required to heed these orders.
The military has the power to execute emergency legislation [from the Parliament] or decrees issued by [government] institutions.
But here’s the stinger:
Once martial law has been imposed, all public and private institutions will be closed, including shopping malls. Only hospitals, pharmacies, and supermarkets will be allowed to function.
People will only be allowed to leave their houses during scheduled periods and only if they possess a pass.
There are 123 confirmed cases of the virus in Romania.
Over here in Pridnestrovie, things could not be more different.
Nobody is panicking. There’s no martial law. There’s no “code red” or scary images on the news. The stores all have plenty of food (and toilet paper, etc.). Everyone is walking around peacefully and normally.
Currently, there are six suspected cases but zero confirmed cases of the virus.
I guess we’ll see which policy plays out better in the long run…