Bucharest: There's hope

"As I am writing this, the Romanian President has decreed a state of emergency starting Monday, 16th March," writes Adriana Spulber from Bucharest, Romania. She shares some photographs from Bucharest streets are like a Quentin Tarantino movie set. People started panicking a week ago here when there was no case reported. Now that we have 113, markets are almost empty and almost everybody stays indoors. We have a saying here, in Romania: “Prevention is the mother of health.” And we surely put this into practice. 

Photo by Paul Alexandru

The Bucharest streets are like a Quentin Tarantino movie set. No people, and when some strangers appear, they avoid each other. We know that our health system and hospitals cannot handle the virus and we are afraid.  But in the midst of all of this, we have hope! We are not just staying indoors and doing nothing. Some of us are working against the effects Covid-19 might have on our society as we speak: the civic tech NGO Code for Romania is working non-stop with the support of the Government to inform us better, to help the authorities with their aid and supply management and to fight against fake news. This is our silver lining. That and reading optimistic news from the other countries.


Photo by Paul Alexandru We must remember this: “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!” No one else is coming.


This story originally appeared online at A City Made By People, an international network of 20+ cities and local communities of citizens who like to celebrate livability, and a partner of #spreadstoriesnotthevirus. The story was written by Adriana, city captain for Bucharest, Romania.

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