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Gheorghita: Increase in the number of infections with SARS-CoV-2 will continue in the coming period; 92 pct of deaths recorded in unvaccinated persons

The increase in the number of cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection will continue in the coming period, and over 92 pct of deaths were recorded in unvaccinated persons, announced, on Tuesday, the president of Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV), military doctor Valeriu Gheorghita.

“Unfortunately, today, we have over 3,900 cases reported of infections with SARS-CoV-2, given that we are speaking of a positive rate of tests of 8.2 pct. In the previous day, we had two times fewer cases with the same positive rate, which makes me believe that, in the coming period, the increase in cases will continue. There is no possibility for a stagnation in the increase of the number of cases. The situation can be explained, firstly, by the fact that the Delta variant has become dominant, including in Romania. Furthermore, one in two Romanians has no sort of protection against the disease, in the sense that they are unvaccinated and have not gone through the disease. From this point of view, even in the large urban environments, where the collective immunization rate, either through disease, or through vaccination, is over 50 pct and even over 60 pct, we are still speaking of 40 pct, which translates in total values into hundreds of thousands of people who have no sort of protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection,” military doctor Valeriu Gheorghita told a press conference.

He called on to people to respect the preventive measures and to get vaccinated, emphasizing that 80 pct of infections and 92 pct of deaths were recorded among persons not vaccinated.

“The message remains a very clear one – respecting preventive measures: the mask, avoiding crowded areas, hygiene and vaccination reduce the risk of infection and the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death due to the COVID-19 disease. Unfortunately, we see that a larger and larger number of persons end up in intensive care, in a relatively short time, which represents a completely concerning phenomenon. If we look at the cases diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection, over 80 pct are cases of unvaccinated persons, and, also, over 92 pct of deaths occurred in unvaccinated persons,” Gheorghita also said.


Vaccine coverage rate in Bucharest nears 50 pct


The vaccine coverage at the level of the Bucharest municipality nears 50%, namely 49.7% of the eligible population of people over 12, the coordinator of the vaccination campaign, Valergiu Gheorghita, declared on Tuesday.

“The coverage rate in Bucharest nears 50%, we are practically speaking of 49.7% vaccine coverage rate of the eligible population over 12, followed by Cluj – 46% and Sibiu – 40%. Basically, 40% of the counties in Romania, including Bucharest, have a vaccine coverage rate which is above the national average, over 30%, there are 55% of counties that have a vaccine coverage rate between 20 and 30% and only 5%, namely two counties, Giurgiu and Suceava, that are still somewhere at 19% vaccine coverage rate”, the head of CNCAV (Romania’s National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee) told a press conference at Victoria Palace of Government.

He specified that at this moment, 583 vaccination centers are still active, with roughly 835 flows for the 4 types of vaccines, which ensure a vaccination capacity of approximately 85,000 people, at its maximum capacity.

“This vaccination capacity is only in fixed centers, where mobile vaccination teams are added as a possibility, in general practitioners’ offices, in sanitary units, and we can basically reactive the centers that have been suspended,” Valeriu Gheorghita added, according to Agerpres.

The head of the CNCAV showed that since the beginning of the vaccination campaign and until now there are approximately 5.32 million people vaccinated with at least one dose.


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