Romanian authorities said Monday that the total of new coronavirus case had risen to 158, with 19 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.
The announcement came just before President Klaus Iohannis was expected to officially declare a state of emergency, a move that will allow the government to put in place special measures to tackle the virus outbreak.
The Strategic Communication Group said the most recent cases were scattered around the country and infected people were aged 19 to 54. They have been hospitalized, placed in institutionalized quarantine or are in self-isolation at home.
Seventeen people caught the virus after they traveled to Italy, while one had been to Austria and the other to Germany.
The group said 3,008 people were in quarantine with another 15,546 in self-isolation at home, under medical supervision. Nine people have recovered.
Thirty-six people face criminal charges for lying to authorities about their travel or concealing they may have the novel coronavirus.