Romanian coronavirus cases near 500, with fewer people tested

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Romania reported almost 500 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday amid a drop in testing over the weekend.

The Strategic Communication Group said 456 people had tested positive for the virus, after 8,633 tests were carried out in the past day, about one-third fewer than during the week.

Some 5.28% of people tested positive, the highest rate since Monday.

Romania has reported 32,535 cases since the pandemic began. Thirteen people succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours.

On Sunday, the number of patients receiving treatment in intensive-care units rose to 243.

Meanwhile, authorities say some 23,400 people have recovered from the virus.

Cases have spiked in recent weeks and a number of countries have imposed travel restrictions on arrivals from Romania, including neighboring Hungary which on Sunday said travelers from Romania have to undergo 14 days quarantine. People are allowed to transit the country.

Greece and Austria now require travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival and the Netherlands, Britain, Slovenia and Slovakia ask arrivals to undergo quarantine or self-isolation.

The southern county of Arges which has seen a steep rise in cases in the past week reported 65 new infections on Sunday, while the county of Dambovita had 50 new cases. Brasov county, which is a tourist destination, had 47 new cases. Bucharest had 40 new infections.

The western county of Timis reported two new outbreaks on Sunday. Six patients at psychiatric unit were confirmed to have the virus and eight Vietnamese citizens working at a meat processing plant were diagnosed with the virus, local authorities said.

More than 847,500 tests have been carried out. Authorities have stepped up testing in recent weeks.


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