Coronavirus cases shoot up again in Romania

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The number of new coronavirus cases shot up to over 1,400 on Wednesday, with more than 200 reported in the Romanian capital.

The Strategic Communication Group said 1,409 new infections had been reported in the last 24 hours, and 32 deaths, fewer than Tuesday.

Tuesday’s figures came after 1,014 cases were reported on Tuesday and just 733 on Monday, the latter being a reflection of fewer tests.

Most of the new cases were reported in Bucharest which saw 228 new infections, followed by the southern county of  Dolj where there were 91 new cases and Iasi in northeast Romania, where 70 people were confirmed to have the virus.

Authorities tested 24,300 people in the last day, giving an infection rate of 5.74% similar to positive rates last week.

There were 480 patients being treated in intensive care units on Wednesday and more than 7,000 patients with the virus are being treated in Romanian hospitals.

The death toll now stands at 3,106. In the past fortnight, Romania reported more Covid-19 deaths in the European Union and European economic area pe capita than any other country, with 3.1 deaths for 100,000 inhabitants.

Two people in their 40s and six people in their 50s succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours. Thirty of the 32 deaths were people with preexistent medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart problems.

There are 9,800 people with the virus isolated at home and 5,600 in institutionalized isolation.


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