Romania posted 2,878 new Covid-19 cases in the last day, as the number of infections continued to fall after months of tight restrictions.
There were more than 30,000 tests carried out in the past 24 hours giving a positivity rate of 9.59%, reflecting the gradual decline this month.
Sixty-nine patients succumbed to the virus, 40% less than Wednesday’s death toll of which 44 were men and 25 women. A dozen were in their 50s, 19 were in their 60s, 16 in their 70s and 22 were older than 80.
Five didn’t have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer or obesity.
The number of severely ill patients also fell to 1,005 being treated in intensive care units.
Bucharest posted 447 new cases as cases continue to decrease, with more than 1,000 cases reported only once in the past two weeks. The capital which was in the ‘red scenario’ for weeks is now in the ‘yellow scenario with less than 3 cases per 1,000 people.
The drop in new infections in Bucharest means that restaurants can reopen, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on Wednesday. Schools across Romania are expected to reopen on February 8 when the new term begins.
However, Raed Arafat, head of the Emergency Services Department warned Romanians to stay on their guard.
„The decline in cases shouldn’t fool anyone and for us to say that all is well now,” he said, adding Romanians should take into account the reopening of schools and the need for more vaccinations and other aspects before relaxing.
“Cases can go up again. We need to be very vigilant.”
Cases continued to decline in other Covid hotspots on Wednesday, including the northwest Cluj county which added 201 cases on Wednesday, and Timis in the southwest where there were 245 new cases. Ilfov, which is next to Bucharest posted 146 fresh cases.