Coronavirus cases fell for the third day in a row in Romania with authorities confirming 8,499 new Covid-19 cases in the past day.
However, as cases dropped the number of deaths and patients in a serious condition in hospital remained high for another day.
The Strategic Communication Group said 35,610 tests were carried out resulting in a positivity rate of 23.19% one of the lowest rates of recent weeks.
There were 172 deaths in the past 24 hours and 1,226 patients were being treated in intensive care units. More than 13,500 hospital beds were occupied by SARS-CoV-2 patients.
Bucharest reported 1,283 new cases of infection in the past 24 hours, more than anywhere else but a drop from the past two days.
The Black Sea county of Constanta reported 536 new cases, while the Transylvanian Cluj region posted 434 cases, and Ilfov county which is next to the capital, 431. Two other counties added more than 400 cases.
Bucharest and 25 counties are in the so-called red scenario, after they recorded more than 3 cases per 1,000 for the past fortnight.
The rest of the country is in the yellow scenario with between 1.5 and 3 per 1,000 residents.
Constanta has the highest concentration of cases with 7.54 per 1,000. It went into quarantine a week ago with strict restrictions placed on people’s movements.
In the past day, 109 men and 63 women with the virus died. All but seven had an underlying health conditions such as diabetes or cancer.
One patient was in their 20s, two in their 30s, six in their 40s and 11 in their 50s. The rest were over 60.