Sixteen health workers test positive for coronavirus at Bucharest hospital

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A coronavirus outbreak has sickened 16 healthcare workers at one of Bucharest’s largest hospitals, authorities said.

Seven nurses, six nursing assistants, a doctor, a trainee doctor and a stretcher-bearer from the Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital and tested positive for the virus on Monday, the Strategic Communication Group said.

Tests were being carried out on dozens of other medical staff after managers said they issued repeated warnings that health workers weren’t wearing their masks properly..

Three patients were also diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital and have been transferred to the Colentina Hospital also in the capital.

Romania reported 141 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. There have been fewer than 200 new cases a day in the last week.

Romania has reported 19,398 cases of coronavirus and 1,276 deaths.

More than 2,700 health workers have been diagnosed with the virus.

Managers at the Bagdasar-Arseni Hospital have issued 28 warnings to medical staff that they weren’t wearing their masks properly.



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