Third wave of Covid-19 ‘very likely’ to hit Romania, health ministry official says

Authorities say it is likely that a third wave of the pandemic will spread to Romania, even as cases continue to fall in most places.

The new Covid wave would driven by “the British strain of the Covid-19 virus but we should also consider the mutation from South Africa, doctor Andreea Moldovan, a deputy health minister told television station Digi 24

“We need to think that a third wave is very likely here as well,” particularly as it is very contagious. she said. “We are currently discussing it, and I think we will outline a major  step next week,’ reorganizing the hospital system to treat Covid and non-Covid patients.

Romania currently has a drop in new cases, but “if the number of cases increases, we can quickly reverse to offering access to Covid-19 patients, and especially quality care. We are working on it, and we hope to have a plan for this next week.”

Romania reported 1,634 new coronavirus infections on Monday, of which 455 were in the Romanian capital, more than a quarter of all new cases.

The southwest county of Timis reported 177 new cases on Monday and was the only county in the ‘red zone’ with 4 cases per 1,000 residents.

However, the relatively low numbers in most places also reflected fewer tests. Some 6,279 tests were carried out, giving a positivity rate of just under 16%, the highest rate for more than two weeks.

 Some 47 coronavirus patients succumbed to the virus in the past day, and 947 patients were seriously ill, and receiving treatment in intensive care units.

She also warned of risky behavior of people who attend events with large number of participants and fail to respect Covid measures such as social distancing and face masks.

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