Romania reports drop in daily coronavirus cases, but fewer tests too

Romania reported 250 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, a drop from previous days that also reflected fewer tests being carried out.

The Strategic Communication Group said 4,614 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, meaning that 5.42 % of the people tested have the disease. That was the highest percentage since June 29.

Romania has now reported a cumulative total of 29,223 cases of the virus. Some 18 Covid-19 patients died in the past day bringing the death count to 1,768.

There are 227 patients currently being treated in intensive care.

The number of cases has risen in recent weeks after Romania loosened lockdown rules. Testing has also been stepped up.

Over the weekend, police handed out fines after they did checks at tourist spots to catch Covid-19 rule breakers.

There was a steep increase last week in Covid-19 cases in some tourist destinations, and authorities said they focused on those spots.

The penalties were for unauthorized parties either in in a public space or on private property. Individual sanctions were given to for people who took part in the events, and people were also penalized for not wearing face masks.

Outdoor restaurants were fined for not creating enough distance between tables or for seating too many people at a single table.

The extra checks were a result of patchy compliance of social distancing rules and compulsory masks. Romania’s Prime Minister Ludovic Orban says if cases don’t come down, the government will extend the state of alert later this month.

Health Minister Nelu Tataru said Friday that the state of alert may be extended after July 15 due to the spike.


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