Health Minister Nelu Tataru told a news conference on Friday that 3,183 people in Romania are confirmed with the new type of coronavirus.
According to him, 281 people have been declared cured.
“As much as 75% of cases were confirmed in persons aged between 40 and 79. The average age of death is 66 years, most of the cases having been associated with chronic diseases. 45.7% of all confirmed cases were the result of close contact with affected persons, and their number is increasing. 16.2% of the total confirmed cases were reported in healthcare workers,” Tataru said.
According to him, things are getting back to normal in Suceava, which has recently been placed in full lockdown.
1,000 persons to be employed by the DSPs and another 1,000 by the Ambulance
Health Minister Nelu Tataru on Friday announced that 1,000 persons will be employed in the next interval by the Public Health Directorates (DSPs) and another 1,000 by the Ambulances services.
“The medical system is facing an unseen situation right now and we must mobilize all the resources that we can get because people are counting on us, the physicians, the nurses, the auxiliary personal. (…) The Ministry of Health will use all channels to announce all its plans, including through the Public Health Departments, which are instructed to send data from every county, every day, with the statistics of cases, the newly confirmed deaths and infections. The Public Health Departments have been working very hard and they’ve done and are doing a very important job,” stated Tataru, at the press conference held at the Victoria Palace on Friday.
He added that, however, the personnel is insufficient at the DSPs, which is why they failed to conduct all the necessary epidemiological investigations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and make all the decisions that needed to be made on spot.
“The personnel is far from enough and these people are working 24 hours a day. We are making efforts to remedy the situation. We will hire another 1,000 persons in these structures, which means 25 per cent. Also, we are going to hire 1,000 more people at the Ambulance services, because these services, too, need support in their work,” informed the Minister, according to Agerpres.
We have three outbreaks – Suceava, Arad, Deva
He also stated that, in Romania, so far, there have been identified three outbreaks of COVID-19: Suceava, Arad and Deva.
“At this point, we have three outbreaks – Suceava, Arad and Deva. I personally went to two of these three places to check on things and I will travel to the third one, to Deva, in the next interval. I will personally go and check every region, to see how things are and to work with my colleagues to remedy the deficiencies,” Tataru told a press conference held at the Victoria Governmental Palace.