UPDATE. Romania confirms 116 cases of coronavirus. First death of Romanian reported in Italy

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Romanian authorities on Saturday said the total of new coronavirus has risen to 116, as the the first death was reported after a Romanian woman died in Italy.

Three members of the ruling Liberal Party tested positive for the disease, including the mayor of the western city of Deva and a member of the Chamber of Deputies, the Group for Strategic Communication said. The three are in self-isolation at home.

The foreign ministry said an 80-year-old woman with pre-existing medical conditions died from the virus during a visit to Italy to visit her sick sister. The sister who lived in the city of Monza in Italy’s hard-hit Lombardy region, died this week, according to Sorin Timis, the mayor of the town of Borsa, where the family comes from.

The latest cases came after the worst day yet for infections on Friday.

On Friday, a one-year-old infant who caught it from his aunt who’d recently returned from Italy, and the manager of the Dimitrie Gerota in Bucharest, were diagnosed.

A Romanian senator from the ruling Liberal Party who has recently attended a meeting with 100 colleagues also tested positive Friday. Acting Prime Minister Ludovic Orban went into self-isolation on Friday.  Other party members also went into quarantine.

Orban and other party members tested negative for COVID-19. Six people have recovered.

Parliament is expected to vote on Orban’s government on Saturday after President Klaus Iohannis said the country needed to put an end to political uncertainty to be efficient in the fight against coronavirus.

Lawmakers will each take a test for the coronavirus, ministerial hearings will last two hours, rather than the customary two days, and the parliament will be disinfected. Ministers who are currently in self-isolation, will be assessed via a video link.  

A super-spreader identified as an ex-police chief who caught the virus during a clandestine trip to Israel with his mistress, is responsible for infecting at least 13 people including his entire family.


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