As many as 20,131 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 were recorded in the last 24 hours in Romania, up 463 from Sunday, following over 52,000 tests nationwide, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, reported on Monday.
Of the new cases, 2,038 were in re-infected patients who tested positive more than 180 days after the first time they went through the disease.
In the last 24 hours, 18,995 RT-PCR tests were performed (12,125 based on the case definition and medical protocol and 6,870 on request) and 33,487 rapid antigen tests.
As of Monday, 2,216,525 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Romania of which 51,731 are from re-infected patients, tested positive more than 180 days after the first infection. Of these, 1,899,522 were declared cured.
To date, 11,792,295 RT-PCR tests and 7,316,737 rapid antigen tests have been processed nationwide.
Aside from the newly confirmed cases, following the retesting of patients who were already positive, 922 people were reconfirmed positive.
9,781 hospitalized patients with COVID, 881 are children
A number of 9,781 people infected with SARS-CoV-2 are hospitalized in the country’s health units, 901 more than the previous day, of whom 881 are children, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Monday.
According to the GCS, 903 patients are admitted to the ICU, 42 more than the day before, 20 being children.
Of the 903 patients admitted to the ICU, 763 are unvaccinated.
According to data available in the alerte.ms application, there are 1,577 ICU beds for COVID patients nationwide, of which 379 in Bucharest.
903 ICU COVID-19 beds are occupied throughout the country.
On the Romanian territory, 185,334 people confirmed with the new coronavirus infection are in isolation at home, and 9,176 in institutionalized isolation.
Also, 97,380 people are in quarantine at home and 33 in institutionalized quarantine.
Over 60,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 since pandemic beginning; 41 deaths in 24hrs
A total of 41 deaths were recorded among the COVID-19 patients – 23 men and 18 women – in the past 24 hours, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Monday.
Of the 41 deaths, one was recorded in the 30-39 age group, one in the 50-59 age category, 9 in the 60-69 age category, 14 in the 70-79 age category and 16 in the over 80 age category.
According to the GCS, all deaths were recorded among patients with comorbidities.
Out of a total of 41 patients who died, 38 were unvaccinated and 3 were vaccinated. Vaccinated patients ranged in age from 50 to 59 and 70 to 79. All vaccinated patients who died had comorbidities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 60,025 people diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection have died in Romania.
Highest number of COVID-19 cases in Romania: Bucharest City – 4,257
Most of the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Romania since the previous reporting were recorded in Bucharest City – 4,257, and in the counties of Cluj – 1,694, Timis – 1,220, Brasov – 1,206, Constanta – 1,064, reported on Monday.
The fewest new cases were recorded in the counties of Harghita – 90, and Neamt – 117.
The 14-day cumulative notification rate in Bucharest City was 19.88 cases per 1,000 population, up from 18.05 the day before, placing the city in the COVID-19 red scenario.
The highest notification rate was is the county of Cluj (22.81); next were the counties of Timis (22.63), Ilfov (17.18), Brasov (16.58), and Bihor (16.56)).
19 cities, municipalities have an incidence rate higher than 20 per thousand; Dej – 34.87
A number of 19 cities and municipalities have a SARS-CoV-2 infection rate of more than 20 per thousand, as reported for 14 days, with the highest incidence rates currently recorded in Dej (Cluj) – 34.87, Otopeni (Ilfov) – 29.81, Timisoara (Timis) – 29.48 and Cluj-Napoca (Cluj) – 29.43, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) reported on Monday.
High incidence rates were also recorded in Ghimbav (Brasov) – 26.07, Oradea (Bihor) – 25.74 and Gherla (Cluj) – 24.76.
A SARS-CoV-2 infection rate of more than 3 per thousand inhabitants was recorded in 294 cities.
At the level of rural towns, the highest incidence is recorded in Dumbravita (Timis) – 50.52 (951 cases in a population of 18,824 people).
A number of 1,887 rural towns have an infection rate of over 3 per thousand inhabitants.
Health Ministry: 38.36% of COVID-19 tests come out positive
The positivity rate of the COVID-19 tests performed stands at 38.36%, the Ministry of Health informed on Monday.
“Within a period of 24 hours, 20,131 positive people with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were registered in Romania, out of a total of 52,482 RT-PCR and antigen tests performed. The positivity rate is 38.36. %,” the Health Ministry informs in a release sent to AGERPRES.
The Health Ministry asks people who have symptoms that may indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus (fever, cough, fatigue, headache, loss of taste and smell, etc.) to call the family doctor, the Public Health Directorate – DSP call centres or the single emergency number 112 to request testing.
Also, people who show symptoms and are in Bucharest or Ilfov County can travel by their own means, not by public transport, to the centres specially created for the collection of samples for COVID-19 testing.
People who test positive can go to the COVID-19 assessment centres for consultation and treatment.
“If you have severe forms and symptoms that show up aggressively, call the single emergency number 112,” warns the ministry.
Public health experts say vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent severe forms of COVID-19 and death.
“Today, out of the 903 people admitted to the ICU, 763 are unvaccinated. Also, out of the 41 registered deaths, 38 occurred in unvaccinated patients,” the Health Ministry said.