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HealthMin Tataru: increasing COVID-19 case count by 460 not worrisome, but urging to carefulness

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Health Minister Nelu Tataru said on Thursday that the number of cases of infection with the novel coronavirus in Romania will be higher on Thursday by 460, urging the public to keep up the health protection rules.

"Today, unfortunately, we will have a higher number of cases than usual, but I hope that in the coming days we can recover. I am calling on the public to keep up the health protection rules of, the rules of precaution and physical distancing. (... ) We have many lockdown easing measures; as you have seen for two days, we also have asymptomatic people at home after ten days or those with mild symptoms. As you could see, violating the rules has led to a great extent to a rise in cases, along with a trivialisation of everything that was, as well as the instigation to the non-observance and non-recognition of a pandemic, and precautionary measures," said Tataru. He said another set of easing lockdown measures was being prepared for July 1.

Another 460 cases of persons infected with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have been registered in Romania since the latest information, the total thus reaching 25,286 cases, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) announced on Thursday. A number of 199 patients are in ICU. From among the people who tested positive, 17,906 have been declared cured and discharged.

Ten more people infected with the novel coronavirus have died over the past 24 hours, the death toll reaching 1,565, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS) informs on Thursday.

"Between 24.06.2020 (10.00) and 25.06.2020 (10.00) ten deaths (seven men and three women) were registered, of some patients infected with the novel coronavirus, hospitalized in Bacau, Botosani, Brasov, Constanta, Ialomita, Iasi, Bucharest and Sibiu," GCS says.

As many as 1,149 people were in institutional quarantine in Romania and another 72,658 in isolation at home and under medical monitoring, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic as of Thursday at noon, according to the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force. So far 663,558 tests have been processed nationwide.

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban asked on Thursday Health Minister Nelu Tataru to prepare the directors of public health directorates and hospital directors for a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 patients. He added that if the full capacity of support hospitals is reached, the Minister of Health must know where the patients can be taken.

"You should also take care to increase ICU treatment capacity, as there has been an increase in the number of people in need of treatment in these units. I understand that we have already received 200 ventilators that need to be delivered to the ICU depending on treatment needs. In addition, a significant number of new ventilators are already subcontracted,” the Prime Minister went on to say.



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