Record number of daily Covid-19 cases, deaths in Romania

Coronavirus cases surged again on Wednesday in Romania with officials confirming a record 8,651 new cases.

Some 146 patients succumbed to the virus and the number of patients in intensive care units rose to 1,001, two more negative records.

The Strategic Communication Group said some 36,000 tests were performed in the last 24 hours giving a positivity rate of below 24%, slightly lower than Tuesday.

It was another single-day high, after Tuesday saw more than 7,700 cases.

One-third of the people who died were over 80 and all but eight had underlying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

Ten counties and the capital have more than 3 cases per 1,000, a threshold which triggers extra restrictions, including the closure of restaurants and compulsory masks in all public places.

Fourteen counties had more than 200 new cases with Bucharest reporting  more than 1,500 new infections a rise of over 4% and the most for a single day. The southwestern county of Timis had 545 cases and Iasi in the northeast had 363.

There were 1,001 Covid-19 patients being treated in intensive care units and some 11,900 hospital beds were occupied by SARS-CoV-2 patients.

Some 186,000 coronavirus patients have recovered so far, and the death tally stands at 7,419.


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