Covid infection rate jumps to 14.2 in Romanian capital

Artere din Bucuresti Foto: Inquam Photos / Alexandru Busca

The rate of Covid-19 infections in the Romanian capital climbed to a record 14.2 per 1,000 residents, as authorities grappled with a new surge in cases.

The rate jumped after 2,818 new cases were reported on Sunday, an all-time negative record. The Health Protection Department said a month ago, there were just 1.37 cases per 1,000.

Romania has seen a spike in cases in the past month with a new fourth wave which has sent almost all the country into the ‘red zone.’

Some 10,400 new cases were reported on Sunday, but there were fewer tests  than during the week. Almost 24% of the tests taken were positive. There were 211 Covid-related deaths in the past 24 hours.

The entire country of 19 million is in the ‘red zone’ except Harghita and Covasna, two sparsely populated counties in central Romania which are in the ‘amber zone.’

Romania has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the European Union. About one-third of the population has been vaccinated.

Education Minister Sorin Cîmpeanu on Monday said he was concerned that the vaccine uptake was low in Romanian universities “where there should be a the greatest understanding about the importance of vaccination (and) the progresses of science.”

There are exceptions. Some 90% of students at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureş  are immunized. Overall, about 55% are vaccinated he said. Some universities haven’t reported their figures.

Romania goes into the ‘red zone’ as Covid-19 cases soar. One place still in ‘green’

 

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