Romania has reported 1,679 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, and 27 deaths.
Thursday’s count is the second-highest since the start of the pandemic. On Wednesday, authorities reported an all-time record high of 1,713 cases.
Health authorities say the spike is due to people returning after vacations. Schools restarted this week and authorities expect to see another rise in a fortnight.
About 7% of the 24,125 people tested for coronavirus in the past 24 hours had positive results, the Strategic Communication Group saud.
Bucharest, as usual had more cases than anywhere else with 244 new infections, while Iasi region in northeast Romania reported a surge of 110 fresh cases. The northwest Cluj county had 82 new cases after an outbreak at a retirement home.
The death toll was the lowest since Monday. Eighteen 18 men and 9 women succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll at 4,312.
Two of the Covid-19 patients who died were in their 40s, three in their 50s, seven in their 60s and 15 were older than 70. All but one had underlying health conditions such as heart disease diabetes or cancer.
There are currently 460 patients being treated in intensive care units out of a total 7,000 patients in hospital.
There were about 11,500 who tested positive for Covid-19 self-isolating at home and another 5,807 in institutionalized isolation.