Romania reports 5,000 new coronavirus cases, one-fifth less than last week

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Romania posted just over 5,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past day, a drop of 20% compared to last week’s daily figures.

The Strategic Communication Group said about 24,000 tests were carried out giving a positivity rate of 21%, a steep drop from Monday when more than one-third of the tests turned up positive.

Deaths stayed high, with 155 Covid-19 fatalities reported since Monday.

There were 1,252 seriously ill patients in intensive care units across Romania on Tuesday, about the same number as the previous day, authorities said. Overall, more than 11,000 hospital beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.

The county of Ilfov which is next to the capital has the highest rate of infection  with 6 cases per 1,000 residents, with Bucharest posting 5.59 cases per 1,000.

Bucharest posted 814 new cases, more than any other place in Romania and more than double Monday’s cases. The counties of Cluj in northwestern Romania and Timis in southwestern Romania added more than 300 new cases in the past day.

Romania has posted almost 600,000 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began and more than 14, 600 deaths. However, although the virus can be fatal for some, about 509,000 patients have recovered.

In the past 24 hours, 101 men and 54 women succumbed to the virus, of which six were in their 40s, nine in their 50s, 37 in their 60s, 53 in their 70s and 50 older than 80.

All but four had underlying health problems such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease which made them more vulnerable to the virus.


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