Coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 in Romania

Romania’s total of coronavirus cases on Friday passed 100,000 authorities said, with the government poised to extend a state of alert by a month, with obligatory face coverings in indoor spaces.

The Strategic Communication Group said 1,391 new cases recorded, taking the overall total to 101,075 cases. One tenth of new infections were in the capital Bucharest.

There were deaths 35 deaths in the past 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 4,100 as authorities prepare to reopen schools.

President Klaus Iohannis ordered a state of emergency in March, replacing that in May with a “alert mode” and fewer restrictions. Authorities have gradually lifted restrictions since then, although they have imposed localized quarantines in places where there are Covid-19 outbreaks.

The government plans to extend the state of alert by another 30 days from Sept. 14 with masks mandatory in indoor pubic spaces and crowded outdoor places such as markets..

Schools across the country of 19 million are set to open on Monday, with most facilities ready to start regular classes.

Less than a third will hold classes in a hybrid online-regular class format and in areas where there are high number of coronavirus cases, pupils will learn exclusively online as they have since March.


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