Coronavirus cases climb to 14,500 in Romania, with nearly 400 cases reported in last day

The number of coronavirus cases in Romania reached almost 14,500 Thursday with almost 400 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 12 deaths in the last day, including a Bulgarian man, the first foreigner to succumb to the virus in Romania.

Almost 900 people have died in Romania so far.

Some 6,144 patients have recovered from COVID-19, authorities said, 330 more than the previous day.

There are 234 patients being treated for the virus in intensive care.

A total of 226,600 tests have been conducted nationwide. Romanian authorities stepped up testing in recent weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.

The northern region of Suceava remains the epicenter of Romania’s virus outbreak. There are more than 3,000 cases there, more than double than in the capital, Bucharest which has reported just over 1,400 cases.

An outbreak at the county’s main hospital in March led to a rapid transmission of the virus through the county. Authorities placed the city of Suceava and surrounding area under a strict lockdown to limit the spread of the infection.

There are currently 14,150 people who have been placed in quarantine by authorities,  while 20,800 are in self-isolation at home, under medical supervision.

Some 2,419  Romanians have tested COVID-19 abroad, and almost 100 have died of the disease.


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