The delta wave continued to recede in Romania on Wednesday, with 10,196 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
But the entire country still remained in the ‘red zone’ recording 9.44 cases per 1,000 inhabitants, a drop from the previous day.
Cases have dropped in the past week after the government imposed stringent restrictions to slow a surge in cases which saw about 3,000 deaths a week in October.
Virus-related deaths remaine painfully high. Some 449 people with Covid-19 died on Wednesday, a day after the country reported a record high of 586 deaths in a single day.
Some 410 of the day’s fatalities were unvaccinated individuals, the Strategic Communication Group said. The vaccinated patients who died, apart from one, all had underlying health conditions.
Twenty-three counties had more than 200 fresh cases on Wednesday. Bucharest posted the most, 1,500, and Sibiu in central Romania had more than 700. The Black Sea area of Constanta had 662.
Bucharest’s infection rate fell again to 12.89 and was topped only by the Ilfov area north of the capital which had a 14.76 per 1,000 rate. The infection rate is measured over a 14-day rolling period.
Hospitals are treating about 20,000 Covid-19 patients. About 1,900 are seriously ill, in intensive care units.