Romania hits a 40% positive rate as Covid-19 testing lags over weekend

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Romania hits a massive 42% positive rate on Monday when it reported 4,207 new coronavirus cases.

Although the daily count was lower than usual, testing lagged over the weekend, with just 9,938 tests carried out on the past 24 hours. That’s less than a third of the usual weekday tests.

Even if actual new cases were down, the Covid-19 death tally stayed high with 130 deaths in the past day.

The number of coronavirus patients needing intensive care treatment remained high with 1,160 patients in ICU across the country.

The latest figures came as authorities quarantined villages and suburbs around the capital and a number of large cities. The Black Sea port of Constanta entered quarantine late Friday with residents and visitors required to fill out forms explaining the reason for leaving home.

In quarantined areas, people are encouraged to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. People need to fill out forms and can go can go out for work, medical reasons or to look after a sick, an elderly person or a child.

Bucharest reported 1, 307 new cases, more than a quarter of the day’s tally, while Constanta had 417 new cases.

Some 74 men and 56 women with the virus died in the past day. All but five had underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease.

More than 13,600 hospital beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.


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