Coronavirus. Almost 40% tested for Covid-19 in Romania post positive results

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Romania reported 4,041 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, but the lower figure hid an alarming fact that almost 40% of people tested were diagnosed with the virus.

The Strategic Communication Group said 10,566 tests were performed in the past 24 hours as testing lagged over the weekend, giving a ‘positivity rate’ of 38.25%, the highest rate ever.

The total number of cases surpassed the quarter million mark on Monday. Romania has posted more than 40,000 cases in the past week.

Four counties have more than 4 cases per 1,000 and the northwest county of Salaj has the most cases with 5 infections per 1,000. The government imposes tougher restrictions in places were there are more than 3 cases per 1,000.

Bucharest added 592 new cases on Monday, more than anywhere else.

Prefect Traian Berbeceanu said infections climbed to 3.91 per 1,000 on Monday, a rise from 3.79 of the previous day.

The Municipal Committee for Emergency Situations said schools, restaurants, theaters and cinemas would remain closed due to the high number of Covid-19 cases. Masks are compulsory in all public places.

Eighty-six patients succumbed to the virus- 48 men and 38 women in the past day. Three didn’t have previous health conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes.

There are 916 patients in intensive care units about 11,700 hospital beds occupied by Covid-19 patients.


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