Coronavirus cases surpass 1,000 in Romania for 1st time, pushing total over 40,000

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Romania has reported 1,030 new coronavirus cases in the past day, the highest figure for a single day, and the first time when infections have gone over 1,000.

The Strategic Communication Group said that 27 people had succumbed to the disease in the past 24 hours taking the death toll to 2,101.

A record 24,877 tests were carried out, and 4.14% of those tested positive, the lowest percentage of positives since July 16.

Some 293 patients are being treated in intensive care units, the same number as Tuesday.

Romania has now recorded a total of 40,163 cases, the highest in the region apart from Ukraine and slightly less than Poland.

Some 152 new infections were reported in the capital in the last 24 hours, while 89 cases were diagnosed in the southern county of Arges where cases have soared in recent weeks. The county of Brasov, where there are many popular tourist spots registered 48  new cases.

There were 46 new cases in Cluj, where 13 members of the FC Cluj football club have tested positive for the virus this week. Coach Dan Petrescu, who was one of the great players of the 1990s was among the people diagnosed with the virus.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said he was weighing whether to impose local lockdowns in a couple of places in Arges and Brasov where there were outbreaks.


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