Romania reported 1,333 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, a drop from previous days,
The Strategic Communication Group said 42 patients with SARS-CoV-2 succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours taking the total deaths to 4,402.
Some 5.52% of the 24,152 people tested were confirmed to have the virus.
Saturday’s figure comes after three days of more than 1,500 cases, with a record 1,713 cases on Wednesday.
All the 21 men and 21 women with the virus who died in the past day had underlying health conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes. One patient was in their 40s, six were in their 50s and the remaining deaths were patients older than 60.
There are 461 patients in intensive care units out of a total of about 7,000 who are hospitalized with the virus.
Most new cases were in Bucharest which registered 220 infections, a jump from the previous day when there were 171 new cases.
The northwest county reported 71 new cases, a 4.26% increase in its total cases, while Timis in the country’s southwest registered 61 new cases.
Rares Pop, the director of the Public Health Department in Maramures, said that cases were rising in the isolated region, which borders Ukraine and Hungary, as people with symptoms of the virus did not go to be tested, axanews.ro reported.
He said it was sometimes because people feared they had been infected but didn’t want to self-isolate. He said by refusing to seek medical help, they were spreading the disease.
The cumulative total of cases rose to 111,559 on Saturday, while 89,119 patients have recovered from the virus.
There are almost 11,900 people with the virus self isolating at home and another 6,000 in institutionalized isolation.