Romanian authorities on Friday confirmed a slew of fresh cases of the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 79. No deaths have been reported as a result of the deadly virus.
The number of cases has increased in recent days. Wednesday saw 18 new cases, the largest number of infections in a single day.
One-sixth of all Romania’s cases are people who came into contact with a super-spreader, an ex-police chief who lied to authorities about a trip he made to Israel with his mistress, and has since infected his whole family and others.
A Romanian senator from the ruling Liberal Party was among the people who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Acting Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said he would self-isolate and President Klaus Iohannis said he would hold discussions with political leaders on Friday via video.
The man, Nelu Lupu, faces criminal charges for lying about the circumstances where he contracted the virus.
Thirteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 after they came in contact with him, including all of his family.