Covid-19 cases go down for 3rd day in a row in Romania, but virus deaths climb to nearly 500

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Romania posted 12,474 new Covid-19 cases on Friday as cases continue to drop after new restrictions were imposed.

The number of SARS_CoV-2  deaths remained high, however. A total of 481 fatalities were recorded in the past 24 hours of which 440 were unvaccinated people. Thirteen deaths were inoculated people with no reported health conditions.

There were 1,875 Covid patients people in intensive care units on Friday and more than 20,000 hospitalized with the virus.

Friday’s figure was the lowest daily tally since Oct. 1, excluding Sundays and Mondays when fewer cases are recorded due to decreased testing.

The gradual drop in numbers comes after the government introduced strict new restrictions including a nighttime curfew for non-vaccinated people.

Vaccine certificates are now required at  many public buildings, in shopping malls and at restaurants and bars.

Vaccination rates have gone up sharply in recent weeks amid rising deaths and new public measures. Some 126,5000 shots were administered on Thursday.

About 36% of the population has received at least one vaccine dose.

The infection rate in Bucharest went down to 15.25 per 1,000 people. The national rate is 10.14  per 1,000. It is measured over a rolling two-week period.

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