A 86-year-old woman became the millionth person to get the Covid vaccine in Romania, a milestone praised by the prime minister who warned it wasn’t the moment for people to let their guard down.
The woman was taken into the vaccine center in a wheelchair and received the jab from Valeriu Gheorghita, the national vaccine coordinator.
Hours later, Romania reported 4,278 cases, the highest single-day figure in 7 weeks. Authorities announced another high of 1,032 Covid patients in intensive care
Still, Premier Florin Citu who spoke after the woman „with a positive frame of mind” got her shot, he said he was confident that Romania would reach its target of inoculating 10.4 million by the end of September.
“The vaccine rollout is going well, we are among the best in Europe in the first three places,” he said.
He appealed to people to respect restrictions as cases have crept up in the last week.
“I see people everywhere on the subway, on the street, people who aren’t wearing masks,” he said. “This can’t be allowed to happen at the moment.”
The Strategic Communication Group said 77 patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours fewer than the 106 deaths posted on Tuesday.
More than 35,000 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, giving a positivity rate of 12.11%
Bucharest posted 707 cases, the highest since January 18, and the southwest Timis region had 415 new cases.
Five counties are in the ‘red scenario’ with Timis reporting the highest infection rate of 5.24 cases per 1,000 residents. Cluj in northwest Ronania has 3.42 cases per 1,000 and three other counties have a rate of 3.04.
Romania has registered 812,000 cases so far and more than 20,500 deaths.
All but two of the 77 people who died in the past 24 hous had an underlying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart conditions.
One patient death was a person in their 30s, three were in their 40s, 7 in their 50s, and the rest were over 60. All but two of the deaths were patients with
There are almost 8,800 patients with the virus who are hospitalized.