Romania reports nearly 1,500 new Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths

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Romania reported 1,470 new coronavirus cases, another rise in infections which was an almost four-month high.

Twenty-six people died in the past 24 hours. They all had pre-existing health conditions.

One was a minor, another was in their 40s and the rest were over 80. Nine of the fatalities were men, and 17 women.

Some 40,677 tests were carried out, giving a positivity rate of 3.6%, the Strategic Communication Group said.

Thursday’s tally was the highest since May 6. Cases have risen in recent weeks due to the spread of the more contagious delta variant.

Restrictions were relaxed and disregarded by some over the summer months when there were only a few dozen cases every day.

As cases have risen, the numbers of patients who are seriously ill has gone up. There were 322 patients in intensive care units on Thursday, according to government statistics.

Most cases were in Bucharest which posted 245 new infections. The southwestern county of Timis reported 107 cases on Thursday.

There were 18 counties with more than 30 new cases in he last 24 hours.

The national infection rate climbed to 0.52 cases per 1,000 inhabitants. An area near the capital had the highest rate of anywhere with 1.06 cases per 1,000. The capital had 0.88 cases.

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