Coronavirus cases in Romania drop for 4th day in a row, as fewer tests carried out

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Romania reported 823 cases of new coronavirus on Monday, the fourth day in a row that the number of daily infections have fallen.

However, just 8,045 tests were carried out, meaning 10.23% of the people tested were confirmed to have the virus, which is double the usual percentage of most days last week. Testing goes down at weekends.

Still, it was the first time in thirteen days that new daily cases of Covid-19 fell below 1,000.

Romania introduced new restrictions over the weekend to slow the spread of the virus. People must wear face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces and restaurants and bars have to close by 11 pm. Police carried out checks over the weekend and handed out fines to restaurant and bar owners.

Monday’s figures take the total infections to just over 54,000 in Romania.

There were 19 deaths in the past day, the lowest figure in a 24-hour period since last Monday. All the patients had pre-existing health conditions.

One person who died was in their 30s, a person in their 40s died and two patients in their 50s succumbed to the virus. Elderly people and people with illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems are most vulnerable to the virus.

There are currently 419 patients in intensive care units and a total of 7,660 patients who are hospitalized.

The capital Bucharest had 120 cases, more than anywhere else, while the southern county of Arges, a coronavirus hotspot, recorded 96 cases in the past 24 hours.

Sone 27,750 patients have recovered and almost 5,000 patients with no symptoms have been given the all-clear.


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