Romania reported more than 11,000 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.
There were 208 Covid-related deaths, also one of the highest numbers for a single day ever. The surge of new cases came as one doctor expressed frustration about vaccine disinformation.
The Strategic Communication Group said 11,049 positive results were confirmed in the last 24 hours, setting a new negative record.
Cases have soared in the past month. Experts say it’s a combination of the appearance of the new contagious delta variant and relaxed restrictions during the summer. The highest daily number before Tuesday was 10,269 on November 18, 2020.
Covd-related deaths in the past 24 hours, included one person in their 20s, two in their 30s, six in their 40s and 33 in their 50s. Twenty-three of the deaths were people with no known underlying health issues.
There were no statistics available about how many of the people who died were vaccinated. Media reports say many patients in ICU are unvaccinated.
Romania has one of the lowest vaccine uppick rates in the European Union. About one-third of the population is inoculated with vaccination rates higher in cities.
Tatiana Grecu, who’s in charge of an ICU in the central city of Targu Jiu, said many patients regretted not getting vaccines, Adevarul reported on Monday.
„I’ve been asking patients why they didn’t get a jab and they reply „I’m dumb”, „my kids won’t let me,” „someone on the TV said it causes leukemia,” „it’s the mark on the devil.”
Others told her „the priest said we won’t get to Heaven,” or „I’m not getting a shot because the virus doesn’t exist and I just have a old.”
There are currently 1,267 patients in intensive care units, including 17 minors. More than 11,400 Covid patients are hospitalized.