The Head of the Emergency Situations Department, Raed Arafat told Digi24 on Tuesday evening that 22 county capital cities and 15 towns in Romania had exceeded the threshold of 3 per thousand inhabitants on the incidence rate of COVID-19 infections. He underlined that a rise in the number of infections leads to growing number of patients in intensive care and to a higher pressure on the healthcare system.
At present, there are 615 localities where the incidence rate ranges from 1.5 to 3 per one thousand inhabitants, according to Arafat. Overall, there are 44 county capital cities and 50 towns in this case.
However, there are also 225 localities countrywide where the incidence rate is higher than 3 per 1,000 inhabitants: 22 county capital cities and 15 towns have a incidence rate higher than 3.
According to Arafat, among those cities there are: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Alba Iulia, Bacău, Reșița, Sfântu Gheorghe, Craiova, Miercurea Ciuc, Târgu Mureș, Zalău, Alexandria, Râmnicu Vâlcea.
“And here comes the pressure. The growing number of infections prompts more patients in intensive care and growing pressure on the healthcare system. We hope that the restrictions recently enforced, if they are observed, will lead to a halt in the increase, at least to a cap of the increase till we can head to a downward trend, but this means a period with a pressure on the healthcare, for 3,000-4,000 cases of coronavirus infections per day also means a significant number of patients in intensive care,” said the Head of the Emergency Situations Department.