Fewer coronavirus cases in Romania, but record deaths

Romania reported 177 coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday, a new negative record even as Covid-19 cases decreased.

The Strategic Communication Group posted 7,304 new SARS-CoV-2 cases, more than the previous two days when testing lagged, but the lowest weekday figure since Oct. 30.

Some 31,000 tests were carried out, resulting in a positive outcome for 23.65% of them which was the lowest since Oct. 31.

New restrictions came into effect on Monday as authorities battle to flatten the recent spike.

Masks are compulsory in all public places regardless of case numbers and shops and outdoor restaurants have to close by 9pm.

Schools have been closed and people are not allowed outside after 11pm except for work, medical care and some travel. They need to fill out forms or risk a fine.

Even with fewer cases overall, Bucharest added 845 new cases, more than anywhere else, while the northwest county of Cluj had more than 400 cases. Four counties in different parts of the country posted more than 300 cases.

The southern Olt region which has among the fewest cases in Romania, posted 367 new infections on Tuesday, a rise of more than 8% in a single day.

Across the country, almost 1,100 Covid-19 patients were being treated in intensive care units, and 12,700 beds were occupied by coronavirus patients.

In the last 24 hours, 92 men and 85 women succumbed to the virus in what was a new record.  Sixteen did not have underlying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

Three people in their 30s died, six in their 40s, a dozen in their 50s, 47 in their 60s, 67 in their 70s and 42 people over the age of 80 died.

There are about 54,000 coronavirus patients at home or in institutionalized isolation.


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