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GCS: Romania’s COVID-19 daily case count rises by 4.844 following over 48.000 tests carried out nationwide in the past 24 hours

A number of 4,844 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have been recorded in the past 24 hours, with more than 48,000 tests performed, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Friday.

As of Friday, 1,735,277 cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have been recorded in Romania, of which 9,590 were from reinfected patients, who tested positive for more than 180 days after the first infection. According to the GCS, 1,556,403 patients were declared cured.

To date, 10,509,317 RT-PCR tests and 4,856,439 rapid antigen tests have been processed nationwide.

In the past 24 hours, 15,540 RT-PCR tests were performed (8,201 based on the case definition and the medical protocol and 7,339 upon request) and 32,866 rapid antigen tests.

Aside from the newly confirmed cases, following the retesting of patients who were already positive, 736 people were reconfirmed to be positive.

 

1,733 patients infected with COVID-19 in ICU; 24 of whom are children

 

A number of 16,019 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are hospitalized in the healthcare units, of whom 273 are children, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Friday.

According to the same source, 1,733 patients are admitted to intensive care, down from the previous day, of whom 24 are children.

In Romania, 92,489 people confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus are in isolation at home and 15,828 people are in institutional isolation.

Also, 64,409 people are in quarantine at home, and 79 in institutionalized quarantine.

In the past 24 hours, 3,080 calls were recorded to the single emergency number 112 and 326 to the TELVERDE line (0800 800 358), open especially for informing citizens.

 

Six ICU beds left for COVID-19 patients

 

The Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus information task force, announced on Friday that there were six beds available at the intensive care units in Romania – one in Brasov County, two in Bucharest City, three in Timis County – for COVID-19 patients other than those reserved especially for people with certain medical conditions that are also confirmed with SARS-CoV-2.

According to data in the alerte.ms application, there were 1,725 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients nationwide on Friday. In Bucharest, 392 ICU beds for COVID-19 patients are approved by the Public Health Directorate (DSP).

Nationwide, there is an operational reserve of 163 ICU beds for patients infected with the novel coronavirus. These beds are activated, dynamically, where the number of ICU patients exceeds the capacity of the main wards.

Work is still underway to mobilise and provide the necessary medical staff for other ICU beds that will be available in the coming days.

“When commissioning new ICU beds, the emphasis is on those intended for people who have certain health conditions and who are also confirmed with SARS-CoV-2, because in such instances the patients suffer from serious conditions that can constitute comorbidities and consequently they are at a much higher risk,” GCS said.

 

307 COVID-19 deaths in Romania in last 24 hours

 

Another 307 Romanians infected with SARS-CoV-2 are reported dead in the last 24 hours, including 21 previously unaccounted for, according to data released on Friday by the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force.

According to GCS, these are 157 men and 129 women.

As many as 274 of the recorded deaths were in patients with comorbidities, 27 deaths had no comorbidities, and for six deaths no comorbidities have been reported so far.

Out of the 318 patients who died, 286 were unvaccinated and 21 were vaccinated. The 21 vaccinated deceased patients age ranged was 50 to 59 years and over 80 years; 19 of the vaccinated deceased patients had comorbidities, and no comorbidities have been reported for two patients.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 52,513 people diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 infection have died in Romania.

 

112 cities, towns with COVID-19 incidence rate higher than 6 per thousand inhabitants

 

The incidence of COVID-19 cases reported for 14 days is higher than 6 per thousand inhabitants in 112 Romanian cities and towns, going down compared to the previous day, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Friday.

According to GCS, the incidence is higher than 10 per thousand inhabitants in nine cities.

 

Most new cases of COVID – in Bucharest (749) and in counties of Cluj (371) and Ilfov (353)

 

Most new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to the last report were registered in Bucharest – 749 and in Cluj – 371, Ilfov – 353, Timis – 262, Bihor – 226, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) informed on Friday.

The fewest new cases of COVID-19 were in the counties of Gorj – 37, Mehedinti – 38, Vrancea – 41, Botosani – 43, Tulcea – 44, Bistrita-Nasaud – 45.

The capital has an incidence of 7.31 cases per thousand inhabitants, decreasing compared to the previous days.

Ilfov County ranks first in terms of the incidence of infections cumulated at 14 days, with 8.91 cases per thousand inhabitants.

Three counties are in the yellow zone (incidence under three cases per thousand inhabitants): Suceava – 2.27, Botosani – 2.63, Bistrita-Nasaud – 2.85.

 

Via Agerpres

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