UPDATE. Romania reports 2 new cases of coronavirus, bringing total to 48. Nobody has died from the killer virus

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Romanian authorities on Thursday confirmed two new cases, bringing the total number to 48. There have been no deaths as a result of the virus.

Wednesday saw 18 new cases of  COVID-19 in Romania, the largest number in a single day so more and more than China reported on the same day.

The latest two cases are Bucharest residents who came in contact with a super spreader, an ex-police chief who lied to authorities about a trip he made to Israel with his mistress, and has since infected his whole family and others. He faces criminal charges for lying about the circumstances where he contracted the virus.

Manager of the Matei Bals Hospital, Adrian Streinu Cercel, gave the latest total. He said 22 of the cases were in the capital, Bucharest.

Authorities said that six patients have recovered. There are about 480 people in institutionalized quarantine and 11,600 people in self-isolation at home.

President Klaus Iohannis said Wednesday that he hoped the crisis would be over “in a few weeks” and said authorities had a financial plan to help businesses hurt by the outbreak.

Romania has now activated what to calls the second stage of the coronavirus outbreak, when between 26 and 100 people have the killer virus.

Border controls have been beefed up to check people arriving from stricken areas, which are designated red or yellow zones.

There are special areas in hospitals for patients and non-urgent surgery has been postponed for the treatment of COVID-19 cases.

Romania has a third scenario to be activated when there are 101 to 2,000 cases, while the worst-case scenario kicks off when more than 2,001 patients have COVID-19.


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