Romania Reports First Case of COVID-19 Indian Variant

Romania reported its first case of a COVID-19 variant first detected in India, the health ministry said on April 29.

According to a statement from the health ministry, an analysis laboratory in the city of St. George identified the Indian variant, B.1.617.2, in a 26-year-old individual who arrived in Romania about a month ago.

The ministry said the case had a mild cough when he took a test at the laboratory on request last April 26.

The ministry also said that according to the National Public Health Institute, the identified variant differs from the one initially identified by the Public Health England, which is believed to have caused the surge in India.

The ministry also announced that health authorities are currently investigating an outbreak among construction workers in Bod Colony, Brasov County, where five of eight people who arrived from India tested positive for COVID-19.

Health authorities has ordered the isolation of those infected.

The announcement came in the same week Romania added India to the so-called “yellow list” of travel, which meant that travelers from India are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days, according to local reports.

Local media also reported that Romania has sent medical aid to India this week. Specifically, it has sent 80 oxygen concentrators and 75 oxygen cylinders to the South Asian country where hospitals are facing shortages in oxygen.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU), India has recorded 18,376,524 cases — the second highest in the world after the United States — and 204,832 deaths.

Meanwhile, Romania has recorded 1,053,629 cases and 27,971 deaths since the pandemic began, according to JHU.

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