As many as 6,481 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded since the previous reporting, following 36,169 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Thursday.
These are cases of patients that had not previously tested positive.
As of Thursday, 229,040 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Romania.
A total of 163,852 people were declared cured.
According to GCS, to date, 3,169,978 tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection have been processed nationwide. Of these, 36,169 were performed in the last 24 hours, 22,182 based on the case definition and medical protocol and 13,987 upon request.
A total of 625 people retested positive for COVID-19.
The counties of Cluj and Salaj reported the highest 14-day notification rate of newly reported COVID-19 cases : 4.3 per 1,000 population and 4.11 per 1,000 population, respectively.
According to GCS, the rate was 4.3 in Cluj; 4.11 in Salaj; 3.69 in Bucharest; 3.8 in Alba; 3.61 in Timis and 3.32 in Harghita.
A number of 10,975 people are hospitalised with COVID-19 in specialist facilities, of which 868 in intensive care, the highest number so far.
In Romania, 27,834 people confirmed with the new coronavirus infection are in isolation at home and 10,602 are in institutional isolation.
Also, 52,185 people are in quarantine at home, and 51 in institutional quarantine.
In the last 24 hours, law enforcement issued 7,184 fines amounting to 1,047,290 lei for violations of Law 55/2020 on measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another 83 people (52 men and 31 women) infected with the novel coronavirus died, bringing Romania’s total COVID-19 death toll to 6,764.
According to the GCS, 81 of the deaths were in patients with comorbidities, one patient had no comorbidities, and no data was known for one patient.
The number of Romanians abroad confirmed with the novel coronavirus stayed constant at 6,851 and so did the death toll at 126.
The city of Bucharest – 1,129 and the counties of Timis – 372, Cluj – 371, Iasi – 288 are the areas with the most newly confirmed COVID-19 cases from the previous reporting.
Most of the COVID-19 cases in Romania so far have been reported in Bucharest City – 34,247, and the counties of Iasi – 10,247; Prahova – 9,417; Brasov – 9,315; Suceava – 9,127; Cluj – 8,620, and the city of Timisoara – 8,516.
Arafat: There 368 settlements in Romania where incidence of cases per 1,000 population exceeds 3
Senior emergency official with the Interior Ministry Raed Arafat said on Wednesday that there were currently 368 settlements in Romania where the 14-day cumulative number of reported COVID-19 cases per 1,000 population exceeded 3, facing subsequent restrictions.
“At the moment there are 368 settlements that have exceeded 3 per 1,000 population, and county committees have already applied the rules provided for under the government decision: a mandate to wear face masks, temporary closure of some activities, such as indoor restaurants, cinemas, switching to virtual education. (…) So, today, as against yesterday, we have an increase by 15 in the number of settlements where the 14-day cumulative number of reported COVID-19 cases per 1,000 population exceeded 3,” Arafat told a government meeting.
He said of the rapid tests approved by the European Commission that 43,000 antigen tests would arrive in Romania by the beginning of next week, noting that the expected stock was one million tests.
“We plan to bring more rapid antigen tests to use, as we say on the front line, especially in emergency settings, it would help us make a quick diagnosis for symptomatic cases and differentiate them, even if some will have to be confirmed later by PCR tests. The first 43,000 tests will already arrive in the country from other funds than the national budget, in collaboration with the Red Cross, and we will introduce the strategic stockpile as well. (…) For the strategic stockpile, in the first phase, there are 43,000 tests already contracted and will arrive in Romania late this week, early next week. We have provided for one million tests in strategic stockpile,” added Arafat.
Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that these tests should also be used in schools, kindergartens and old people’s homes.
“We should use them not only in the emergency settings, but in schools, kindergartens, when symptomatic cases appear, possibly in old people’s homes, homes with people with disabilities, generally where there are major risks, in order to be able to diagnose the symptomatic, not asymptomatic patients,” Orban said.
Orban added that action should also be taken related to emergency care.
“We have started to increase the ventilation capacity in the areas that are more affected. For example, in Bucharest yesterday we distributed additional ventilators to the Pantelimon Hospital, the University Hospital, the Floreasca Hospital. Moreover, we placed two advanced medical stations that allow the expansion of the patient monitoring capacity at the Pantelimon Hospital and the University Hospital. These are measures that we can replicate in other areas if required. The ventilation capacity helps us assist patients pending their admission to intensive care,” said Arafat, according to Agerpres.
HealthMin Tataru on quarantine during the winter holidays: We haven’t discussed this
Minister of Health Nelu Tataru on Thursday stated in Constanta that the authorities “have not discussed” anything about the possibly of introducing quarantine measures during the winter holidays.
“We haven’t discussed anything about this. Every local community will apply the exact restrictions and measures required by the level of communication of the disease inside the respective community,” said the Minister of Health, when asked about the possibility of a lockdown being introduced strictly during the winter holidays.
He also said, regarding the possibility that Romanians come back to the country during the winter holidays, that measures remain the same.
“There are those countries that have a higher infection rate than ours. Conditions are the same. If they come for 3 days they will have to do the test (…) and if they come for a longer time they will have to self-isolate for 14 days, with the possibility of choosing to take a test on the 8th day and to leave the self-isolation on the 10th day if the test is negative,” said Nelu Tataru.