Romania sees new record in Covid-19 cases, as president announces vaccination program

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Romania reported a record single-day high of 10,269 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, and 168 deaths.

The Strategic Communication Group said there were 1,174 patients being treated in intensive care units.

Some 37,906 tests were carried out in the past say giving a positivity rate of 27%, a similar rate to previous days.

The alarmingly high figures came after President Klaus Iohannis announced a vaccine strategy for the country. Risk groups and staff operating in key sectors such as education, national security, transport, and energy, would be inoculated first, he said on Tuesday.

Valeriu Gheorghita, an infectious diseases doctor at the Military Hospital will spearhead the national vaccination campaign. The first vaccines are expected to arrive in December.

A government document sparked controversy after it listed risk groups and „the general population” as the least important sectors.

On Wednesday cases stayed high in the capital with Bucharest registering 1,141 new cases followed by the Black Sea Constanta region which posted 528 cases.

More than half the country is now in the ‘red scenario’ after registering more than 3 cases per 1,000 for the past fortnight.

The central Transylvanian Sibiu region has the highest concentration of cases with 9 per 1,000 residents. The rest of the country is in the next category of between 1.5 and 3 cases per 1,000.

Some 102 men and 66 women with Covid-19 died in the last day. All but five had underlying health problems.


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