Romania reports high number of Covid-19 deaths for a second day

Romanian authorities say 54 patients with the novel coronavirus have died in the past day, the second day in a row when there have been more than 50 deaths.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 1,256 new cases from Tuesday to Wednesday, a rise from previous days.

But there was also more testing. Authorities tested 25,794 people, of which 4.88% were positive, a slightly lower percentage than the previous day.

The virus death toll is now 3,421 and the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases climbed to 81,646.

The number of patients being treated in intensive care units rose to 502, one of the highest numbers ever.  There are a total of 7,205 Covid-19 patients in hospitals.

A total of 54 deaths occurred over the past 24 hours, four less than Tuesday when there was a record number of deaths reported for a single day. Some 33 men and 21 women succumbed to the virus. Except for two of the deaths, all the fatalities were people with underlying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Two patients in their 30s died and four in their 50s, while the rest were over 60.

Bucharest had more cases than anywhere else with 196 new infections, taking the cumulative total of infections to over 10,000 in the capital.

Prahova county, a region which is popular with tourists,  and has seem high numbers of daily for weeks reported 65 new cases on Wednesday. Iasi county in northeast Romania reported 872 cases. P

There are currently 11,245 with the virus who are self-isolating at home and 5,552 who are in institutionalized isolation.

Authorities say that more than 36,300 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the virus and 9,600 patients with no symptoms who were discharged from hospital after 10 days.

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