New coronavirus cases inch toward 200 in Romania as authorities prepare to relax lockdown rules

After a drop in new coronavirus infections, Romania has reported 196 new cases in the past 24 hours, authorities said.

The Strategic Communication Group said the total of cases had now reached almost 21,000 on Wednesday.

The latest figures come as authorities prepare to lift more restrictions that were put in place to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus.

President Klaus Iohannis in Tuesday said shopping malls, private schools, gyms, and outdoor pools will be able to reopen next week after a drop in Covid-19 infections.

Romania registered 125 new cases on Monday and 145 cases on Tuesday before Wednesday’s increase.

Iohannis said he wants to extend the state of alert for another month, but opposition parties which have a majority in Parliament, say the extension isn’t justified.

Iohannis urged lawmakers:“Be responsible! The virus doesn’t disappear through a vote in Parliament,” he said. “If you support the government, we can control the spread of the epidemic.”

On Wednesday, authorities said a total of 1,360 people had succumbed to the virus, since the outbreak.

There are currently 150 patients being treated for the disease in intensive care.

There are now about 2,200 in institutionalized quarantine and just under 100,000 in self-isolation at home under medical supervision.

Some 520,500 tests have been carried out so far.


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