Romania’s COVID-19 death toll nears 1,000, with 15,778 confirmed cases of the virus

Romanian authorities said there have been 15,778 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, as the death toll rose to 991 on Tuesday.

The Strategic Communication Group said that 190 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, a drop from previous days.

Some 238 patients are currently being treated for their symptoms in intensive care, the group said.

Some 7,685 patients have recovered from the virus since the outbreak started in March.

More than 269,000 tests have been conducted since the virus outbreak.Authorities increased testing in recent weeks.

The northern county of Suceava has 3,283 cases the highest number in Romania, and more than twice the number in the capital Bucharest which has registered 1,528 cases.

There have been 168 COVID-19 deaths in the county, more than twice than in Arad, the next most affected county which has seen 74 deaths.

 An outbreak at a hospital in Suceava led to rapid transmission at the facility and among the population. The city and surrounding area is currently under a strict lockdown to prevent further spread of the virus.

There are currently almost 15,000 patients in institutionalized quarantine and 19,000 in self-isolation at home, under medical supervision

Some 2,809 Romanians have been diagnosed with the virus abroad, and 102 have died. There are between 3 and 5 million Romanians living abroad.

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