Romania sees increase in COVID-19 cases

While other European countries have started to impose restrictions again, Romania is still discussing the possibility of easing current restrictions on 1 August.  [Shutterstock/roibu]

Romania confirmed more than 100 new COVID-19 cases within a day on Wednesday for the first day in more than a month. Authorities estimate the number of COVID-19 cases will increase slowly, but continue to progress as the government plans to ease current restrictions.

Romania’s only preparation for a potential fourth wave of the pandemic is vaccination, said Prime Minister Florin Citu. But the country’s vaccination campaign has come to a standstill,  and the country has sold its vaccine stock.

While other European countries have started to impose restrictions again, Romania is still discussing the possibility of easing current restrictions on 1 August. 

In a press briefing after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, Citu said the health authorities will keep a close eye on the evolution of new infections, and the measures applied in the past will be enforced if the number of COVID-19 cases goes above certain thresholds.

Romanian authorities have pledged to increase efforts to convince people to get vaccinated as the current vaccination rate stays around the 20,000 per day mark. Data from the public health authorities show that in no age category is the vaccination rate higher than 40%.

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