New coronavirus cases drop in Romania for 2nd day, but infections still surpass 1,000

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The number of new coronavirus cases dropped for a second day in a row Saturday, but still exceeded 1,000.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 1,225 fresh cases on Saturday, down from 1,295 on Friday and a record high of 1,356 Thursday.

Thirty-six Covid-19 patients died in the past day, authorities said, and 401 patients are being treated in intensive care units.

The fatalities were 25 men and 11 women, and they were all older than 50 with underlying health conditions.

Romanian authorities are making masks compulsory in some outdoor places starting this weekend after a surge in cases. Saturday is the 11th day when there have been more than 1,000 new cases. Restaurants and bars will also have to close at 11 pm, another measure authorities hope will tame the spread of the virus.

It has been mandatory to wear masks in enclosed public spaces, including on public transport since May.

Most of the new cases were reported in the capital Bucharest which had 118 new infections. There were 102 cases reported in Prahova, the backbone of Romania’s non-urban tourist industry. The area stretches from the southern plains to resorts in the Carpathian mountains.

The stricken county of Arges in southern Romania which has seen a number of outbreaks in recent weeks, reported 92 new cases on Saturday.

Romania tested 23,451 people in the past day of which 5.22% turned out positive.

Romania has now had 52,111 cases and 2,379 deaths, while more than 27,000 people infected with coronavirus have recovered.

Some 1.23 million tests have been carried out nationwide.


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