As many as 4,342 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Romania were recorded in the last 24 hours following over 36,000 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Friday.
These are cases of patients that have not previously tested positive.
As of Friday, 820,931 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Romania. Of these, 752,234 were declared cured.
To date, 6,133,554 RT-PCR tests and 342,496 rapid antigen tests have been processed nationwide.
In the last 24 hours, 27,868 RT-PCR tests were performed (16,471 based on the case definition and medical protocol and 11,397 on request) and 8,469 rapid antigen tests.
Aside from the newly confirmed cases, following the retesting of patients who were already positive, 834 people were reconfirmed positive.
1,067 patients – in ICU; hospitalized persons – 9,222
The Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reports that 9,222 people with COVID-19 are hospitalized on Friday in specialized health units, of whom 1,067 in intensive care.
In total, 45,407 people confirmed with SARS-CoV-2 infection are in isolation at home and 13,212 are in institutionalized isolation in Romania.
Also, 49,963 people are in quarantine at home, and 127 in institutionalized quarantine, according to GCS.
In the last 24 hours, 3,516 calls were registered to the emergency number 112 and 630 to the TELVERDE line (0800 800 358), open especially for informing citizens.
101 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 die in last 24 hours
A number of 101 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have died in the last 24 hours, according to data the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) released on Friday.
According to GCS, these are 49 men and 52 women.
97 of the registered deaths were of patients who presented with comorbidities, 3 deceased patients did not present with comorbidities, and for one deceased patient no comorbidities have been reported so far.
Since the beginning of the pandemic and until now, 20,785 people diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection have died in Romania. 186 Romanian citizens abroad died due to COVID-19.
Worldwide, 2,536,879 people died by March 4.
Bucharest City gets in COVID-19 red zone
Bucharest City on Friday got in the COVID-19 red zone with a 14-days cumulative rate of 3.05 cases per 1,000 population, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Friday.
The red scenario also includes the counties of Brasov with a rate of 3.25 cases per 1,000 population; Cluj – 3.60; Ilfov – 3.31, and Timis – 5.50.
Maramures County passed from the red zone to the yellow zone with a rate of 2.98 cases per 1,000 population.
Another 12 counties are found in the yellow zone (a rate between 1.5 and 3), with the highest rates in the group in the counties of Hunedoara – 2.70; Alba – 2.36; Salaj – 2.36; Arad – 2.16; Satu Mare – 2.07; Gorj – 2.06.
As many as 24 counties are in the green zone (less than 1.5 cases per 1,000 population), with the lowest rates reported in the counties of Buzau – 0.75; Calarasi – 0.78; Harghita – 0.77, and Prahova – 0.77.
According to GCS, the areas with the most newly confirmed cases of the SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to the previous reporting are Bucharest City – 927 and the counties of Timis – 354; Ilfov – 241; Brasov – 217.
The fewest new cases were recorded in the counties of Covasna – 8; Harghita – 16; Calarasi – 22; Tulcea – 22; Ialomita – 28.
INSP: Two COVID-19 cases confirmed with South Africa lineage
The National Institute of Public Health – National Centre for Monitoring and Control of Communicable Diseases on Friday said it was informed by the MedLife laboratory that two cases of the new type of SARS-CoV-2 from South Africa – the B.1.351 lineage, have been recorded there.
According to the INSP, the two cases were a woman from Bucharest and a Turkish citizen “who got infected in the Arges County”, without showing any symptoms, and who got tested upon request as he wanted to travel to Turkey, without a traveling history.
“The first case was a woman from Bucharest, who comes from a family with three cases of COVID-19, among which one (the case we are referring to) was confirmed with B.1.351 lineage. The second case was a Turkish citizen who got infected in Arges County, without presenting any symptoms, and who got tested upon request as he wanted to go to Turkey. He had no travelling history and no contact with an already confirmed case. The source cannot be specified in this case,” said the INSP.