UPDATE. Romania reports three deaths from COVID-19, as cases rise to 433

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Romanian authorities on Sunday reported three deaths from the new coronavirus, a man with serious underlying health conditions who’d recently returned from France and a man on dialysis.

Late Sunday, authorities said a 70-year-old man who’d tested positive on March 19 had died in the northeastern city of Iasi. He had underlying health conditions, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

They are the first deaths in the country as the number of cases rose to 433.

The Strategic Communication Group said the first death was a 67-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus on March 18, had died in hospital in the southern city of Craiova.

The unnamed man tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting France. He was already sick with terminal cancer, a press release said.

Authorities are investigating doctors at the hospital in Craiova for failing to take preventive measures in his case. Some 23 medics are in self-quarantine at home and the hospital’s emergency department was shut.

A 74-year-old man who had been admitted to the Victor Babes Infectious Diseases Hospital also died, authorities said. He was on dialysis, medics said. It was unclear where he contracted the virus.

There are currently 14 COVID-19 patients in intensive care. A 64-year-old woman with diabetes and heart problems was transferred to a hospital to the northeastern city of Iasi on Saturday after suffering a heart attack.

She had recently returned from Dubai, news reports said.

Romania reported 433 cases of coronavirus on Sunday,  66 more than the previous day.


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