Romanian authorities said 48 people have died after they were infected with the coronavirus in the past day, the highest number of Covid-19 related fatalities reported in a single day since the pandemic began.
The Strategic Communication Group said there were 1,232 new cases in the past day, 400 up on Monday’s figures.
Until Tuesday’s figures, the number of infections had fallen for four consecutive days.
Health authorities tested 20,581 people in the past day, giving an infection rate of about 6%.
Of the deaths, 31 were men, and 17, woman. All patients had underlying health conditions. One was in their 30s, two were in their 40s and four people who died were in their 50s.
There are 436 patients being treated in intensive care units, the highest figure ever. In total, 7,771 patients with Covid-19 are hospitalized.
Romania introduced new restrictions over the weekend to slow the spread of the virus. People must wear face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces and restaurants and bars have to close by 11 pm. Police carried out checks over the weekend and handed out fines to restaurant and bar owners.
Monday’s figures take the total infections in Romania to 55,241.
One person who died was in their 30s, a person in their 40s died and two patients in their 50s succumbed to the virus. Elderly people and people with illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems are most vulnerable to the virus.
There are currently 419 patients in intensive care units and a total of 7,660 patients who are hospitalized.
The capital Bucharest had 158 cases, more than anywhere else, while the southern county of Arges, a coronavirus hotspot, recorded 95 cases in the past 24 hours.
Sone 28,000 patients have recovered and almost 5,136 patients with no symptoms have been given the all-clear.