Romania posts 4,500 new cases of coronavirus, 100 deaths

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Romania has reported more than 4,500 new cases of coronavirus in the last day and 100 patients with the virus died.

Severely ill patients needing intensive care treatment rose to 1,140 on Wednesday, the highest figure since December 30.

The Strategic Communication Group said  about 37,000 tests had been carried out in the last day giving a positivity rate of 12.31%.

Romanian authorities are poised to impose a 10 pm curfew to try and slow the spread of the virus.

The total number of cases so far is 840,111 of which the vast majority have recovered.

Five counties or areas are currently in the ‘red scenario’ with more than 3 cases per 1,000.

The virus hotspot is currently Timis, in western Romania which has 5.18 cases per 1,000 and even higher in Timisoara.

Bucharest entered the ‘red scenario’ bracket late last week and now has 3.16 cases per 1,000. The spike in cases has led to new restrictions, including restaurant and theater closures.

Some 100 patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, of which one person was in their 30s, five were aged from 40 to 49, seven were in their 50s,  20 in their 60s, 35 in their 70s, and 32 were over 80.

Fifty-two of the deaths were men and all but six of the deaths were patients with underlying health conditions.


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