Romania reports 4,875 new Covid-19 cases, but antigen tests means authorities don’t know the true number of infections

Romania on Wednesday added almost 4,900 cases of Covid-19 and 127 deaths, but while cases have gone down in the past fortnight, one doctor warned that people with the virus were doing antigen tests and weren’t reporting their results.

There are currently 1,149 SARS-CoV-2 seriously ill patients who are being treated in intensive care units and a total of about 9,500 hospital beds occupied by SARS-CoV-2 patients, authorities said.

The Strategic Communication Group said about 25,000 tests had been carried out giving a positivity rate of 19.61%

Manager of the Marius Nasta Institute, Beatrice Mahler, said the number of new cases had fallen was deceptive.

She said the rapid antigen tests were now available in Romania and people who thought they had virus were doing antigen tests and staying at home, and weren’t reporting the results and were therefore not included in statistics.

“People know they are ill, they do antigen tests, don’t come to the hospital to confirm ir and we don’t have this statistic, this mirror of reality of community transmission,” she said.

Dr. Mahler urged Romanians to get the vaccine which was rolled out on Monday, saying a new wave of infections was around the corner.

The places that are worst affected in Romania are Bucharest where there are more than four cases per 1,000 people. Bucharest posted 1,221 new cases in the last day, while te northwest county of Cluj was the only region with more than 300 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

Romania has reported 628,000 cases of the virus and 554,000 have recovered

There were 71 men and 56 women who succumbed to the virus in the past day in Romania.

One fatality was a person in their 30s, six were in their 40s, seven were in their 50s, 26 in their 60s, 45 in their 70s and 42 were older than 80.

Four of the deaths were patients without underlying health issues such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.


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