Slight drop in coronavirus cases in Romania, but deaths remain high

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Romania reported 9,272 new cases of coronavirus in the past day, the lowest single-day figure in three days.

Some 36,453 tests were carried out giving a positivity rate of 25.44% on Friday, a similar figure to previous days.

The death tally remained high with some 160 deaths of patients with Covid-19 in the past day, but the lowest daily count since Monday.

The Strategic Communication Group said 1,139 patients were being treated in intensive care units.

Bucharest reported more than 1,400 new cases, a slight drop since Thursday, while the Black Sea Constanta region posted almost 500 new cases. The northwest Cluj region had more than 500 new cases.

The port of Constanta will enter a two-week period of quarantine on Friday evening after cases soared to more than 9 per 1,000 residents.  The capital towns of eight other counties have already entered quarantine for a fortnight.

Restrictions vary from one place to another, but quarantine means a ban on parties and other gatherings, restaurants are closed, and people need to fill out forms when they leave home.

The death tally remained high on Friday, with 104 men and 56 women succumbing to the virus. Eight were in their 40s, 15 were in their 50s and 38 were in their 60s. The rest were older than 70.

Apart from nine patients, the rest had pre-existent health conditions such as diabetes, cancer or heart disease.

More than 13,500 hospital beds are occupied by SARS-CoV-2 patients.

Some 46,500 patients with Covid-19 were in self-isolation at home, with another 13,600 in institutionalized isolation.


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