As many as 17,447 new cases of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 were recorded in the last 24 hours in Romania, down 4,438 from the previous day, with over 73,000 RT-PCR and rapid antigenic tests performed, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, informed on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 2,175 were in re-infected patients, who tested positive more than 180 days after the first time they recovered from the disease.
Most of the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Romania since the previous reporting were recorded in Bucharest City – 4,626, and in the counties of Cluj – 2,077, Brasov – 1,046, Timis – 845, and Prahova – 833.
As of Wednesday, 2,613,716 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Romania, of which 95,393 in re-infected patients, who tested positive more than 180 days after the first infection.
– Hospitalisations –
As many as 10,050 people with COVID-19, down 365 from the previous reporting, including 619 children, are hospitalised in Romania at specialist care facilities.
Out of the total number of hospitalised patients, 1,156 patients, including 13 children – down three – are in intensive care.
Of the 1,156 patients admitted to ICU, 987 are unvaccinated.
As many as 2,192,453 patients have been declared cured.
– Deaths –
According to GCS, another 183 Romanians infected with SARS-CoV-2 – 98 men and 85 women – are reported dead in the last 24 hours.
Out of the total patients who died, 152 were unvaccinated and 31 vaccinated. The vaccinated patients ranged in age from 40 to 49 to 80 years; 30 of the vaccinated patients who died had comorbidities, and no comorbidities were reported for one patient.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 62,063 people diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 infection have died in Romania.
Latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in Romania: 23.74%
The latest COVID-19 test positivity rate in Romania is 23.74%, the Ministry of Health informed on Wednesday.
“Within a period of 24 hours, 17,447 positive people with the SARS-CoV-2 virus were reported in Romania, out of a total of 73,495 RT-PCR and antigen tests performed. The positivity rate is 23.74%,” according to the ministry.
The ministry is asking people who have symptoms that may indicate the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (fever, cough, fatigue, headache, loss of taste and smell, etc.) to call their family physicians, DSP call centers, or the 112 emergency line to request testing.
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.
People with severe forms of the disease, with aggressive symptoms, are urged to call 112.
Public health experts say vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent severe forms of COVID-19 and death.
“Today, out of the 1,156 people admitted to the ICU, 987 are unvaccinated. Also, out of 183 reported deaths, 152 occurred in unvaccinated patients,” according to the Ministry of Health.
Bucharest City 14-day COVID-19 notification rate slightly lower to 37.74
The 14-day COVID-19 notification rate in Bucharest City on Wednesday is 37.2 cases per 1,000 population, according to the Public Health Directorate (DSP).
It is slightly lower than Tuesday’s 37.74 per 1,000 population, decreasing for the third day in a row.
The notification rate has risen sharply since the beginning of 2022, from 0.72 cases per 1,000 population on January 1, with a peak reached on February 13, namely 38.10.
Compiled from Agerpres