Romania reports 312 new Covid-19 cases, highest figure in over two months

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Romania on Tuesday reported 312 new Covid-19 cases, the highest number in more than two months.

Cases have gradually risen in recent weeks, and authorities are concerned that cases will spike in the autumn if the new more contagious delta variant becomes more prevalent.

Tuesday’s figure was the highest since  May 28 when there were 321 cases.

Adriana Pistol, the director of the transmissible diseases center, called the recent rise “alarming, even if the numbers aren’t very high.”

“The trend is visibly rising and this should make us vigilant,” she said according to Mediafax.

Romania’s infection rate has risen to 0.12 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Vaccine coordinator Valeriu Gheorghita predicted Romania could be seeing as many as 1,500 to 1,600 new cases a day at the end of September.

The Strategic Communication Group said that four people with the virus died in the past 24 hours.

Bucharest added 74 new cases, followed by Ilfov, which is next to the capital, and had 22 new cases. Constanta county had 18 cases.

There are 664 Covid-19 patients receiving hospital treatment, of which 86 are in intensive care units.

Dr Gheorghita said Tuesday that about 30% of the population that is eligible for vaccines has been inoculated since the campaign began.

So far, Romania has received about 18 million Covid-19 vaccines . Some 9.5 million of those have been used.

Romania has donated about 1.57 million vaccines to countries such as Albania, Serbia, Egypt Moldova, Vietnam, Tunisia.

It has sold 1.87 million jabs to Denmark and Ireland.

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