Romania sets another single-day record for Covid-19 cases. Outbreaks at women’s prison and cancer hospital

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Romanian officials posted 6,546 new Covid-19 cases in the past day, setting another negative record since the start of the pandemic.

Coronavirus outbreaks at a women’s prison and a cancer hospital in northwest Romania were reported Friday.

 The Strategic Communication Group said 103 Covid-19 patients succumbed to the virus, a sharp rise since Thursday.

There were a record 917 SARS-CoV-2 patients in intensive care units on Friday and 11,236 hospital beds were occupied by coronavirus patients.

There were 36,659 tests performed  in the last 24 hours giving a ;’positivity rate’ of  17.89%, the same as Thursday.

Ten women prisoners were confirmed to have contracted the virus at Romania’s only women’s hospital in Targusor, southern Romania. The women have been hospitalized at a prison facility.

There was also an outbreak at the Oncological Institute in the city of Cluj, where 26 medical staff and 11 patients tested positive for the virus.

Most of the new cases were in the capital which reported 900 new SARS-CoV-2 infections in the past 24 hours.

aCluj in the northwest, Timis in the southwest, Iasi, a region in northeast Romania and Dolj in the south all posted more than 300 new cases Friday.

Nine places have been placed in the top tier or ‘red scenario’ after recording more than 3 cases per 1,000 inhabitants in the past fortnight.

Bucharest is one of the places with the highest concentration of cases, which has triggered new restrictions. Masks are compulsory in outdoor places and restaurants, theaters and gambling shops have closed.


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