Coronavirus cases surge again in Romania with 1,309 new cases, 41 deaths

Romania reported the second-highest daily figure for new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, dashing hopes that the virus was retreating.

The Strategic Communication Group said 1,309 new infections had been diagnosed In the past day, higher than the previous day, and almost 500 more than on Monday.

There were 41 deaths, a figure in line with a recent rise in fatalities. Twenty-eight of the people who died were men, and 13 women, and all but one had underlying health conditions.

There are a record 464 patients being treated for the virus in intensive care, 30 more than Tuesday.

Most cases, as usual, were reported in the capital, which saw 143 new infections, followed by the stricken county of Arges, in southern Romania, where there have been a number of outbreaks. On Wednesday, officials reported 98  new cases there.

Romania’s reported a record 1,356 cases on July 30, but there were hopes that the virus spread had slowed down, after the number of daily infections dropped for four consecutive days until Monday.

Some 26,323 tests were carried out in the past 24 hours, and about 5% of people tested came up positive.

Romania has seen a surge in cases in the past month. In response, new restrictions have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus.

Face coverings are mandatory in crowded outdoor spaces and restaurants and bars have to close by 11 pm. Police have carried out checks fined restaurant and bar owners.

So far, 28,600 patients have recovered and 5,370 patients with no symptoms have been given the all-clear.

The total number of cases now stands at 56,550.

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