Coronavirus cases pass 5,000 in Romania for 1st time

Foto: INQUAM/Liviu Chirica

Romania on Friday posted a record 5,028 cases of Covid-19, as cases continued to surge around the country with authorities struggling to keep the virus under control.

Bucharest reported 685 cases more than anywhere else and there were more than 200 cases in four counties, after numbers soared nationwide. Authorities have closed indoor restaurants, theaters and made masks compulsory in public in the worst-affected areas.

Schools have moved to online learning in the capital and other areas amid the spike.

More than 41,000 tests were performed in the past 24 hours giving a ‘positivity rate” of 12.18%, a lower percentage than the last two days.

More than 3 million tests have been carried out since the pandemic began.

It’s the sixth time when there have been in excess of than 4,000 single-day cases of Covid-19.

Romania has now reported total of  201,032 cases of coronavirus of which more than 144,000 patients have recovered.

There were 82 deaths in the past 24 hours, including five patients in their 40s, six in their 50s, 22 in their 60s, and 25, in their 70s and 24 were older than 80. All but one had underlying health conditions.

On Friday, there were a record 782 patients in intensive care units  and about 10,500 hospital beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Apart from Bucharest, there were outbreaks in the southwestern Timis region which added 333 cases and in Cluj and Iasi which recorded 273 and 268 cases respectively.


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