Covid-19 infection rate climbs in Romanian capital, new restrictions threatened

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The Covid-19 infection rate rose again in Bucharest on Tuesday after Romania posted a record number of cases for a single day.

The infection rate which is calculated over a 14-day rolling period rose from 4.95 per 1,000 inhabitants on Monday to 5.57, the prefect’s office said. The capital recorded 1,912 new cases Tuesday, down from 2,559 on Monday.

Romania posted 11,049 cases, an all-time high on Tuesday.

Despite the rising infections, the vaccination rate in the capital is higher than the national rate of about  28%.

If the infection rate reaches 6 per 1,000, schools will likely return to remote learning. Curfews will be imposed over the weekend.

Bucharest went into the ‘red zone’ on Friday night. On Saturday, the infection rate exceeded 4 per 1,000.

Since then, anyone over 12 needs to present ‘green passes’ at restaurants, concert halls, sporting events and weddings showing they have been vaccinated. If not, they need to show a negative Covid-19 test.

In places where there are more than six cases per 1,000 but less than 7.5, shops will close at 6 pm over the weekend.

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