Coronavirus deaths cross 800 in Romania as president meets key ministers to discuss whether to ease lockdown

The number of deaths in Romania caused by COVID-19 rose to 803 on Monday, authorities said, with 13 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

The National Institute of Public Health said the patients who died were aged between 30 and 94 and all had underlying health conditions. The 30-year-old suffered from obesity.

Excess weight is considered one of the most deadly risk factors for survival for patients admitted to hospital with the virus. 

Romania has reported 13.163 cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began in March. Nearly 4,900 patients have recovered.

There are currently 255 people in intensive care.

Some 13,350 people are in institutionalized quarantine and another 20,120 are in self-isolation at home and under medical supervision.

President Klaus Iohannis was scheduled to meet key ministers Monday to discuss the latest developments and decide whether to relax the strict lockdown.

A state of emergency is due to be lifted on May 15. It was imposed in mid-March to stop the spread of the virus.


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