Romania reports more than 300 cases for a second day amid increased testing

Romania reported more than 300 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday for the second day in a row, taking the total of confirmed cases to 23,080.

The Strategic Communication Group said that 22 people had died in the last 24 hours taking the death toll from the virus to 1, 473.

The total of 320 new cases came after more than 12,000 tests were carried out in the past day, giving a 2.59% rate of infection, which is slightly lower than Wednesday.

There are 178 patients being treated for the illness in intensive care, more than in previous days.

With more tests conducted nationwide, the number of cases has predictably risen in recent days to over 300 more than double a week ago.

The higher figures come after the government extended a state of alert for 30 days, and simultaneously lifted some restrictions.

Malls have reopened this week and churches have been told they can resume normal worship.

But with the virus not under control, face masks are still compulsory in indoor public places and it is common for people to have their temperature taken at retail outlets and shopping malls.

There are 1,429 people who are in institutionalized  quarantine and about 86,000 in isolation at home.

More than 16,300 people have recovered.

Almost 600,000 tests have been carried out nationwide.


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