Coronavirus cases soared again in Romania with 10,142 new cases reported on Thursday, the second highest single-day tally ever.
There were 121 Covid-19 related deaths, authorities said as infection rates climbed around the country.
More than 28% of the 38,760 tested had a positive test result, the Strategic Communication Group said. That is a higher rate than for previous days.
A record 1,152 SARS-CoV-2 patients were being treated in intensive care units and 12, 850 hospital beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients.
Hospitals managers say the crisis has stretched intensive care units to the limit in some areas.
The St. Parascheva Infectious Disease hospital in Iasi said it ran out of beds for Covid-19 patients in the intensive care ward on Thursday, manager Carmen Dorobat told Agerpres news agency.
Across Romania, 77 men and 44 women succumbed to the virus in the last day, with the vast majority over 60. Older people are most at risk from Covid-19.
Four patients didn’t have pre-existent health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
Bucharest reported more than 900 cases on Thursday but the infection rate dropped to just under 5 per 1,000 for the past fortnight.
The central Sibiu region has the highest concentration of virus cases with 7.4 per 1,000 with Cluj, also in Transylvania in coming immediately after with 6.99 cases per 1,000.
The only place in Romania that is not in the amber or red ‘scenario’ on Thursday is the eastern Vrancea county which has just under 1.5 cases per 1,000.