Coronavirus cases surge to almost 7,000, touching nine-month high in Romania  

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Romania reported 6,789 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest rate in more than nine months.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 129 virus-related deaths another recent high. Eight of the patients who died had been vaccinated.

A 26-year-old with no underlying health issues was one of the people who died. Thirteen people who succumbed were in their 40s, six were in their 50s and the rest were over 60. Nine people had no pre-existent illnesses.

The number of patients needing hospitalization increased to 8,334 on Tuesday. Some  229 of them were children.

Nearly 1,000 Covid-19 patients were in intensive care units, including 20 minors.

The national infection rate climbed to over 2 per 1,000 inhabitants. More than 200 places had an infection rate higher than 3 per 1,000.

 Bucharest recorded 1,048 new cases in the past 24 hours, followed  by Timis which had almost 500 cases.

Cluj in northwest Romania had 327 cases and the Black Sea county of Constanta had 308.

More than 59,000 tests were carried out giving positivity rate of 11.67%.

The vaccine uptake has lagged in Romania, with just 5.4 million people, or 27% of the population vaccinated.

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