Covid fatalities push up April deaths in Romania to highest level in a decade

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The number of Covid deaths in April have pushed the number of fatalities in Romania to the highest figure for that month in a decade.

Authorities said some 29,500 people died that month_ 35% higher than the average for that month over the last ten years.

The National Statistics Institute on Thursday reported 29,518 deaths in April. That compares to an average figure of 21,749 deaths for the same period in last decade.

In April 2020, at the start of the pandemic, there were 21,888 deaths, slightly more than average.

About 59% of the more than 7,700 extra deaths were as a result of SARS-CoV-2.

Since October 2020, respiratory disease has been the second cause of death in Romania after cardiovascular diseases. Cancer is the third cause.

Romania was at the peak of the pandemic at the start of April 2021 with more than 1,500 patients in intensive care units. Hundreds more Covid patients were receiving emergency care. Other patients being treated in ambulances as there weren’t any hospital beds free.

Then Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu said there were 13,000 Covid patients hospitalized in early April. On April 13, he tried to change the way Covid deaths were reported. He was dismissed by Prime Minister Florin Citu for his handling of the coronavirus.

The Strategic Communication Group acknowledged there were discrepancies in the way deaths were reported and has since altered its methods.

There have been about 31,400 Covid-related deaths in Romania.

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