Coronavirus cases stay over 1,500 in Romania, but intensive care cases drop to lowest for six weeks

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Romania reported 1,527 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, the third day in a row when cases have surpassed 1,500.

While cases stayed high, the number of patients in intensive care units continued a downward trend and dropped to 447, the lowest figure since August 7.

The Strategic Communication Group said 48 patients with Covid-19 succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours. All but four of the people who died had preexistent health conditions such as cancer or diabetes.

Some 25,254 tests were carried out, of which about 6% tested positive.

Most cases were in the capital Bucharest, which registered 171 infections, fewer than previous days. Iasi in northeast Romania had 91 new cases and the southern Dolj region had 77, a rise of 3.36% of total cases in a single day.

The education ministry on Friday added another 12 schools to the ‘red zone’ meaning pupils will learn exclusively online due to the number of coronavirus cases in the area.

There are now 312 schools with online learning, up from 262 on Monday when schools reopened for the new school year.

There are about 5,000 schools will a hybrid model of learning, and 70% of schools have reopened and are operating with Covid restrictions.

The cumulative total of coronavirus cases stands at 110,217, while more than 88,000 have recovered.


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