In the last 24 hours in Romania, 16,765 new infections have been recorded out of 78,706 tests performed and 523 deaths, while the incidence rate is equal to 2 thousand cases per hundred thousand inhabitants. The government has imposed a new lockdown. And the vaccination campaign, which had been struggling so far, has regained vigor.
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One of the European countries where Covid-19 infections are multiplying is Romania: in the last 24 hours, in fact, the Ministry of Health has calculated 16,765 new infections out of 78,706 tests performed and 523 deaths, while the incidence rate is equal to 2 thousand cases for every hundred thousand inhabitants, effectively making any attempt to carry out an effective tracking in vain. The boom in infections is related to the very low number of vaccinated people: only 31% of the population has completed the immunization cycle and millions of citizens are still exposed to the most serious consequences of the infection. Infections are spreading and day after day the pressure on health facilities increases: 20,637 people with Sars-Cov2 are hospitalized in medical area units, 479 of whom are children. There are 1,867 patients in intensive care, including 43 children.
President Klaus Iohannis called the situation disastrous and – speaking of a catastrophe – announced to citizens the introduction of new restrictions in an attempt to keep the pandemic under control. Schools will be closed for at least a week and the obligation to show the green pass has been extended to a series of activities not previously foreseen, including entry to non-essential places, such as shopping centers, and all non-essential shops. food. The mask must also be worn outdoors and since yesterday, 25 October, all private parties such as weddings and baptisms have also been suspended in the country and the night curfew has been re-imposed from 10 pm until 5 am. Those in possession of the green certificate are exempt from this last measure. The new restrictions will be valid for at least 30 days.
Romania is therefore paying a very high price for the skepticism of the citizens towards the countryside vaccination. Now, however, the fear of contracting the virus and the economic consequences of the restrictions are finally accelerating and in the last weekend the percentage of vaccinated has exceeded that of the infected, as explained by the head of the immunization campaign, Valeriu Ghoerghita: “In the last 72 hours – he explained – 360 thousand doses have been administered, over 260 thousand people have received the first. It is an extremely important numerical growth”.