The fourth pandemic wave is hitting Romania hard, with the highest death toll registered on Wednesday with 331 COVID-19 casualties.
Almost 15,000 new cases were registered on Wednesday, the highest number of daily infections since the pandemic started, and more than 1,500 of the patients are in intensive care units.
Romania asked the EU for help with medication for treating COVID-19 and suspended non-urgent surgeries as its hospitals ran out of ICU beds. Images posted on social media appeared to show sick people being treated in hallways.
The health authorities activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to gain access to additional stocks of tocilizumab, a drug used for COVID-19 treatment, and individual oxygen machines to use in beds that do not have access to the hospitals’ medical gas infrastructure.
Meanwhile, hospitalisations for surgery or treatments that can be delayed have been suspended for 30 days.
(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)