Romania reported more than 4,000 new cases of coronavirus for a second day running on Thursday including a massive 777 fresh infections in the capital.
There were 73 Covid-19-related deaths, another high figure as the virus shows no sign of abating.
The Strategic Communication Group said 721 patients were being treated in intensive care units, the highest single-day figure ever.
Some 29,857 tests were carried out giving a ‘positivity rate’ of 13.44% one of the highest weekday rates ever.
In the past 24 hours, Romania added a total of 4,013 cases, fewer than Wednesday, with Bucharest reporting the highest figure after the previous all-time high of 669 on Wednesday.
Apart from Bucharest, eight counties had more than 100 fresh cases. The northwestern Cluj region reported 227 cases and the northeastern Iasi region posted 200.
As cases rose, police on Thursday stepped up checks on people wearing masks in the capital and handed out 800 fines of 150,000 lei (about 31,000 euros), police spokeswoman Diana Sarca said. 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.
The single-day death toll was more than one-tenth higher than Wednesday, with 46 men and 27 women succumbing to the virus, including a patient in their 20s.
Another fatality was a patient in their 30s, while there were two patients in their 40s and another two in their 50s. Twenty-two were in their 60s, 24 in their 70s and 21 were older than 80.
All patients who died had underlying health issues such as cancer, heart or kidney disease or diabetes.
The latest fatalities brough the death count to 5,674 patients since the pandemic began.
Some 9,600 hospital beds were occupied by Covid-19 patients, including those in intensive care.