Romanian health authorities say 75 residents and staff at a care home in the capital have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Public Health Department said Monday that the outbreak occurred as staff did not take preventive measures to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus.
Authorities fined the facility 20,000 lei for failing to prevent the outbreak. Authorities did not name the care home which is in Bucharest’s fourth district. There was no word about the condition of the patients.
It’s the latest case in Romania of an outbreak at a care home in Romania. Outbreaks have also occurred in the southern county of Dambovita and in Galati, in eastern Romania.
Thousands of elderly people have contracted the virus abroad. There have been deaths in Britain, the U.S, France and elsewhere after coronavirus ravaged through their homes.
In countries such as Italy, Spain, France, and Belgium, about half of all virus deaths have been occurred at retirement homes.
Health authorities made series of recommendations to the home including deep cleaning and disinfecting the premises, checking the temperature of residents and watching out for symptoms, and isolating anyone with symptoms.