New coronavirus cases soar to almost 5,000 in Romania

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Romania reported 4,848 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, a record figure for a single day, and officials said 255 cities and regions were classed as ‘red alert’ places after local outbreaks.

Some 37,000 tests were performed in the last day  giving a ‘positivity rate’ of 13.09%, higher than Tuesday but lower than previous days.

Bucharest, which started its second day in the ‘red alert’ zone posted 650 new cases in the past 24 hours, followed by Cluj in northwest Romania which had 343 cases, the Strategic Communication Group said.

The county of Mures, which is east of Cluj added 234 cases and Iasi in the northeast had 231 new infections.

Bucharest now has a rate of 3.26 Covid-19 infections per 1,000 inhabitants for the past fortnight.

When a city or region has more than 3 cases per 1,000 people, authorities implement new restrictions such as compulsory masks in all indoor and outdoor public places and a shutdown of schools, restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas and gambling shops.

There were 69 Covid-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours and 766 patients were being treated in intensive care units. Some 10,250 hospital beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Forty-four men and 25 women succumbed to the virus of which 10 were in their 50s and 18 in their 60s. The remaining deaths were patients older than 70. Four people who died didn’t have underlying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or kidney disease which makes people more vulnerable to the virus.

Raed Arafat, who heads the Emergency Services Department said 255 places in Romania had entered the ‘red alert’ zone  including the capital and the Transylvanian cities of Cluj, Targu Mures, Alba Iulia, Miercurea Ciuc and Zalau.

Craiova, Romania’s biggest city in the south is also on the list as is Alexandria in the far south and Ramnicu Valcea in central Romania.

Dr. Arafat said the spike in cases put extra pressure on hospitals with medics worried about a shortage of hospital beds for Covid-19 patients in intensive care units.

There are about 20,600 people who tested positive for the coronavirus infection in isolation at home and about 10,000 in institutionalized isolation.


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