Romania reaches record infections and deaths within vaccination deadline – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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BUCHAREST, Romania – (AP) – Romania hit daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths on Tuesday as the country grapples with an acute viral outbreak amid alarming vaccination.

Romania has confirmed a record 18,863 new COVID-19 infections and 574 deaths in one day. It was the first time that a European Union country of 19 million people exceeded 500 deaths in a single day.

Romania has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the EU behind Bulgaria – with just 34% of adults fully vaccinated against COVID-19, compared to the bloc average of 74%. This pushes the country’s ailing health system to its maximum capacity: more than 1,800 coronavirus patients are now in intensive care.

In response to the unfolding disaster, the World Health Organization announced on Tuesday that it will send a senior expert to Romania to help strengthen the country’s response to the pandemic and facilitate the provision of 34,000 rapid diagnostic tests. COVID-19 and 200 oxygen concentrators to treat patients infected with the virus. .

“An urgent priority is to strengthen immunization among vulnerable groups, reduce the risk of hospitalization and death and relieve pressure on the health system,” said Dr Heather Papowitz, WHO expert, in a statement.

Last week, as the Romanian healthcare system struggled to cope with the onslaught of COVID-19 patients, several dozen patients were sent to Hungary for intensive care and Italy sent 5,200 doses monoclonal antibodies.

Romania has so far confirmed more than 1.4 million COVID-19 infections and the deaths of 42,616 COVID-19 patients.

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