During the week ending Sunday, 33,237 new infections were diagnosed. The value is 3.88 times higher than last week’s number of cases (8,555). According to official data released on Sunday afternoon, most new cases were recorded in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Suceava and Timisoara counties. The infection rate (the number of new cases per thousand inhabitants recorded in the last 14 days) is the highest in Cluj County, approaching three. For the time being, the infection rate has only exceeded the triple value in villages and small towns, but the Tusnad Bath in Harghita County is also among the most infected small towns with a value of 3.8.
In Romania, the fifth wave of the epidemic began after Christmas.
The rate of infection, which is many times higher than before, suggests a much more infectious version of the omicron virus. However, the less severe nature of the infections is indicated by the fact that the number of deaths continues to fall and that the pressure of the fifth wave has not yet been felt in hospitals. On Sunday, 4,712 new cases and 14 deaths were reported, with 2,565 coronavirus patients being treated in hospitals, 408 of whom need intensive care. The numbers reported for referrals are only slightly higher than those reported a week earlier.
By Saturday, 7,985,144 people had received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to official data. This leaves only a small number of those who have completed the full vaccination cycle. 2,123,541 people in the country also received the third booster (the second for each type of vaccine). From the data, it can be estimated that 47.16 per cent of those over 12 years of age who were eligible to receive the vaccine received at least the first dose of a vaccine.
The Bucharest cabinet has extended the state of emergency since Saturday last May for another 30 days,
again making it mandatory to wear protective masks in open and closed public areas. The cabinet also ruled that only wearing medical masks was accepted.
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