Romania reports more than 4,000 Covid-19 cases for 3rd day in a row

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Romania on Friday reported more than 4,000 new cases of coronavirus for the third day running.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 4,026 new cases, with Bucharest posting 592 cases.

There were more than 100 cases in 15 other counties including  northwestern county of Cluj which had 267 new cases.

Seventy-five patients with Covid-19 succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, and 726 patients were being treated in intensive care units, the highest single-day figure ever.

Some 30,431 tests were carried out giving a ‘positivity rate’ of 13.23% one of the highest weekday rates ever.

Police have stepped up checks on people wearing masks in the capital and handed out 800 fines of 150,000 lei (about 31,000 euros). It is mandatory in the capital to wears masks in indoor public spaces, around schools and in crowded outdoor areas such as markets and bus stops.

Three of the Covid-19 patients who died were in their 20s, three were in their 40s, and eight  were in their 50s.

All patients who died had underlying health issues such as cancer, heart or kidney disease or diabetes.

Some 9,600 hospital beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients, including those in intensive care.

Romanian hospitals, other than those exclusively treating Covid-19 patients have to make 10% of their intensive care capacities and 15% of the other capacities available for such patients, health minister Nelu Tataru said on Thursday.

Patients with mild symptoms or no symptoms will no longer be admitted to hospitals and will stay at home, under their family doctors’ supervision.


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