Romania reports a record 60 Covid-19 deaths in a single day

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Romanian authorities said 60 patients with the novel coronavirus succumbed to the disease in the past 24 hours, the highest number ever in a single day.

The Strategic Communication group said there were 1,063 new Covid-19 cases resulting from 22,326 tests, meaning 4.72% of those tested had the disease.

Authorities said 522 patients with the virus were being treated in intensive care units, also the highest number for a single day. There are 7,164 Covid-19 patients being treated in hospital.

The 60 deaths_ 35 men and 25 women_ brings the death count to 3,681. For the past month, Romania has had more deaths per 100,000 inhabitants than any other country in the European Union.

Of those that succumbed to the virus in the past day, one patient was in their 30s, two were in their 40s,  six in their 50s,  16 in their 60s, 18 in their 70s and 17 were older than 80.

Except two, all the fatalities had underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease or obesity.

Tuesday’s figures came as restaurants with indoor seating, cinemas and theaters re-opened Tuesday for the first time in nearly six months as the government eases more lockdown measures.

The total number of infections stands at 88,593.

Most new cases were reported in the northeast Iasi region, which saw 95 infections, followed by Bucharest where 83 cases were reported, one of the lowest daily figures of recent weeks for the Romanian capital.

Apart from patients in hospital, there are 9,300 people with Covid-19 who are isolating at home and 5,900 in institutionalized isolation.

Some 38,500 patients have recovered from the virus since the outbreak reached Romania.


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