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January 17, 2022

GCS: 3.382 new cases of COVID-19 in Romania following 32.000 tests nationwide. UK SARS-CoV-2 variant, already spreading in half of the country’s counties

As many as 3,382 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, following more than 32,000 national tests, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reports Tuesday.

These are cases that have not previously had a positive test, the GCS states.

As of Tuesday, 784,711 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania. Of these, 728,252 were declared cured, according to the GCS.

At the national level, 5,904,761 RT-PCR tests and 262,823 rapid antigenic tests have been processed so far.

In the last 24 hours, 23,599 RT-PCR tests (15,082 based on case definition and medical protocol and 8,517 on request) and 9,381 rapid antigenic tests were performed.

A further 119 people – 68 men and 51 women – infected with SARS-CoV-2 have died in the past 24 hours, with the total death toll reaching 20,013, the GCS says.

One death was recorded in the age group 30-39 years, four deaths in the 40-49 age category, six deaths in the age group 50-59 years, 38 deaths in the age group 60-69 years, 41 deaths in the age group 70-79 years and 29 deaths in the over 80 age group.

Of the deaths recorded, 118 were of patients who had comorbidities, and one deceased patient had no medical history.

In the last 24 hours, law enforcement have applied 5,528 fines worth 947,300 lei, as a result of violating the provisions of Law 55/2020 on certain measures to prevent and combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


978 patients in Intensive Care; people admitted – 7,463


A number of 7,463 people with COVID-19 are admitted in medical units, of which 978 in Intensive Care, informed on Tuesday, the Strategic Communication Group.

On Romania’s territory, 38,666 people are confirmed of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and are in home isolation, while 10,263 are in institutional isolation.

Furthermore, 52,814 people are quarantining at home, and 162 in institutional quarantine.


Bucharest reports highest daily case count – 336, followed by Timis, Maramures counties


The areas with the most newly confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases from the previous daily reporting are Bucharest City with 336, followed by the counties of Timis – 287, Maramures – 169, Brasov – 144, Cluj -128, and Dambovita – 101, according to the report released on Tuesday by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS).

The fewest new cases were reported in the counties of Mures – 13, Calarasi – 14, Braila – 18, Covasna and Mehedinti – 19 each.


UK SARS-CoV-2 variant, already spreading in half of the country’s counties


The SARS-CoV-2 variant, lineage B.1.1.7 is already spreading in half of the country’s counties and there is a high probability of covering the entire territory of Romania in the near future, the National Institute of Public Health indicated on Tuesday, in the epidemiological analysis of the first 136 cases of COVID-19 in Romania confirmed with new variants of the virus.

“Combined efforts are needed to perform sequencing and communicate the results to DSP [the Public Health Directorates] and CNSCBT [the National Centre for Communicable Disease Monitoring and Control] as soon as possible after the completion of laboratory investigations, in order to quickly conduct epidemiological investigations and establish the necessary measures in cases and contacts, given the increased transmissibility of this variant, and, according to the latest evidence from the United Kingdom, the higher severity of the disease it generates in the elderly,” highlighted the INSP.

So far, this year, 499 sequencing completed in the weeks 53/2020 – 07/2021, respectively until February 21, 2021 included, were communicated to the CNSCBT, of which 136 were confirmed with VOC 202012/01 (lineage B.1.1.7).

This corresponds to a confirmation rate of 27.3%.

As of that date, no other SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern have been detected, the INSP said.

According to the analysis, most confirmed cases were registered in the 45-54 age group. The vast majority of cases (95.6%) are in people older than 25 years


Via Agerpres

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