Romania coronavirus cases soar to 698 in single day

Romania reported almost 700 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began.

The Strategic Communication Group said Romania had a total of 32,079 cases after 698 new infections in the past 24 hours. Many of them were in the capital.

Authorities carried out 14,610 tests, meaning that 4.78%  of the people tested came out positive, the highest percentage of positive tests since July 6.

For the past three days, there have been about 600 new cases every day. Infections have spiked after the lockdown was loosened and people returned to activities that were banned during a state of emergency and subsequent state of alert.

Twenty-four people have died after catching the virus, in the past day bringing the death toll to 1,871.  

There are 239 patients being treated in intensive care units.

More than 23,600 have recovered from the virus.

Most infections were reported in the capital Bucharest which had 102 new cases. The county of Arges in southern Romania reported 90 new cases. The eastern county of Galati which is at the end of the River Danube had 51 new infections.


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