Romania records a record 777 new coronavirus cases, pushing total to 35,000

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Romanian authorities confirmed a record 777 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday taking the total number of infections in the European Union state to 35,003

The Strategic Communication Group said a record 19,097 tests were conducted nationwide in the past 24 hours.

Although the new infections were the highest ever recorded since the pandemic began, only 4.07% of people tested were confirmed to have the disease, one of the lowest percentages in recent days.

There were 19 deaths in the past day, raising the death count to 1,971.

The record number of cases comes as Parliament votes on a law which will allow authorities to quarantine people who have tested positive for the virus, in places where there are outbreaks, and arrivals from high-risk countries.

Most of the latest cases were in Bucharest, which recorded 11 new infections, the  highest daily figure yet. There were 83 new cases in the southern county of Arges, a favorite tourist destination which has seen a spike in recent weeks. Brasov county, another tourist spot, saw 54 cases for the second day in a row.

There are 261 patients being treated in intensive-care units, more than Wednesday, as ICU cases continue to rise.

Some 34,335 patients have recovered, government figures said.

The number of coronavirus cases have soared after lockdown restrictions were eased and people began to return to normal life.

Face masks are mandatory in indoor public places, but the rules aren’t always respected. Some people say they are tired of the restrictions, while others don’t believe the virus exists.

Social distancing rules are often not respected.


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