Flu death toll up to 34. Schools closed on Friday over risk of infection

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A 62-year-old man from Oradea, who was not vaccinated against flu, has died last night at the city hospital in Oradea, Bihor county.

The patient has been admitted at the respiratory medicine ward of the hospital on January 16, with pneumonia and chronic hepatitis B. Due to flu suspicions, the man received an anti-viral treatment and the influenza diagnosis has been confirmed on January 18.

Despite doctor’s efforts to save him, the man has died on Wednesday night, at 1:35.

Other five people have died of flu in the past day. Two of them passed away at the County Hospital in Constanta. Four new flu cases have been registered in Constanta in the past days, three with the AH1 type of virus and one case of AH3. Two of them have passed away. None of these patients had been vaccinated against flu. The death toll climbed to 34.

Schools and kindergartens will be closed down on Friday over the growing number of flu cases, Education and Health ministries have decided at the last minute on Wednesday evening. Educational units will be also closed on Thursday, January 24, for it is a national day marking the Small Union.

This is the second week with a growing number of flu cases. If the next week will be the same, healthcare officials will declare an epidemic.

USR asks Health minister to declare flu epidemic

USR representatives of the Opposition has asked Health minister Sorina Pintea on Wednesday to “declare a flu epidemic” to stop the outbreak, while also urging the PSD-ALDE-UDMR coalition to “urgently unblock the Vaccination Law”.

USR slams Dancila Cabinet for not declaring the anti-flu vaccination as a priority and calls on people to go to the pharmacy and buy the vaccine for themselves.

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