Romania on Tuesday reported 586 Covid-19 deaths in the past day, a new negative high for the country which is grappling with a deadly fourth wave.
More than 90% of the deaths were unvaccinated people, health authorities said.
The grim figures came even as cases gradually decreased for another day as tough restrictions take effect.
Schools have been closed since October 25 for two weeks and a curfew has been imposed for unvaccinated people. Public buildings and restaurants require people to show vaccine passes.
Tuesday saw another 11,073 new Covid-19 cases posted the lowest weekday figure since October 1.
Bucharest recorded 1,325 new infections, the lowest for a weekday in more than a month. The infection rate fell to 13.35 per 1,000 inhabitants.
Cluj and Bihor, two areas in northwest Romania both had more than 500 new cases.
While cases are steadily dropping, deaths remain alarmingly high. An unvaccinated 17 and 28-year-old were among the latest fatalities.
There are almost 1,900 patients being treated in intensive care units and no spare beds, authorities said. Some patients have been flown abroad for treatment.
Of the latest deaths, some 541 were unvaccinated people. The rest all had underlying health conditions.
The entire country remains in the red zone, with more than six cases per 1,000 people in a given area.