Worst-case account: Almost 19,000 Covid infections, 574 deaths in Romania in the past day


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There have been 18,863 new COVID-19 infections reported in Romania in the past 24 hours. It is the highest number of daily infections in our country since the beginning of the pandemic. A negative record was also scored in terms of deaths caused by the SARS-CoV-2 infection: 574 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. The figures are also on the rise in the intensive care units: 1,805 patients in critical condition.

Overall, there have been 1,486,264 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Romania since the debut of the pandemic till today, October 19,2021, with 6,103 being reinfected patients, who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after 180 days since the first infection. 1,261, 267 Romanians were declared cured.

Among those 18,863 new daily infections reported today, 273 are reinfected patients.

The death toll climbed to 42,616, with 574 new more deaths reported in the past 24 hours: 294 men and 280 women from Alba, Arad, Argeș, Bacău, Bistrița-Năsăud, Bihor, Botoșani, Brașov, Brăila, Buzău, Călărași, Caraș-Severin, Cluj, Constanța, Dâmbovița, Dolj, Galați, Giurgiu, Gorj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Ialomița, Iași, Ilfov, Maramureș, Mehedinți, Mureș, Neamț, Olt, Prahova, Satu Mare, Sălaj, Sibiu, Suceava, Teleorman, Timiș, Tulcea, Vaslui, Vâlcea, Vrancea  and Bucharest. 13 of these recently reported deaths occurred in the previous months.

Among the recently reported victims, five were in the 30-39 age group, 26 in the 40-49 age group, 60 in the 50-59 age group, 141 in the 60-69 age group, 197 in the 70-79 age group and 145 in elderly over 80.

518 of the recent victims had underlying medical conditions, 46 dead patients presented no other comorbidity, and no diseases have been detected so far in the case of 10 other victims.

13 deaths occurred in the previous months or days: one in September and 12 in other days of October in such counties as Argeș, Constanța, Ialomița, Maramureș, Mureș and Suceava.

Out of the total 574 dead patients, 528 were not vaccinated and 46 vaccinated. Those 46 vaccinated victims were aged 40 to 80 and 43 of them had pre-existing conditions. Three other vaccinated dead patients presented no comorbidities.

19,730 Romanians infected with coronavirus are currently hospitalized, with 1,805 of them in intensive care. Among the hospitalized Covid patients, 486 are children: 450 in the Covid wards and 36 in intensive care.

No less then 29 counties, almost two thirds, reported over 200 COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. By far the highest share is in Bucharest- over 2,100 reported new cases. Iasi come next- 658 daily Covid infections and Constanta – 655.

The infection rate is on the rise countrywide, climbing to 9.28, with all counties in the red area. The highest Covid incidence per one thousand in the last 14 days is Ilfov – 17.15, followed by Bucharest- 16.44 and Timis – 10.37.

Epidemiologist: People die like in the 1977 earthquake or like at the Revolution

Doctor Emilian Popovici, vice-president of the Romanian Society of Epidemiology, has warned at Digi24, over the critical health situation in which Romania is and stressed that the epidemiological wave did not reach a plateau at all, as estimated. He said that the measures taken are insufficient and that the interest of public health must be put above others.

“Regardless of whether it is a dismissed or interim government, the interest of public health must return to the forefront, appropriate measures must be taken. People die, in a week as many die as there were in the Revolution and in the earthquake of 1977. At some point, a settlement will be made “, said Emilian Popovici.

He explained that when analyzing new case reports, we need to look at the number of people admitted to ICU wards, a number that is directly related to the number of serious forms of the disease, which in turn is related to the actual number of new infections.

“These cases in the intensive care are constantly growing, this shows that the epidemic is on the rise, we have not reached the plateau at all. It will reach the plateau, but we are not there yet”, the epidemiologist underlined.

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