Romanian COVID-19 Cases Break Record, ICU Beds Running Out

Official data showed that Romania’s daily COVID-19 deaths and infections reached record numbers on Tuesday, October 20, causing hospital systems to break as intensive care beds and morgues are at full capacity.

New infections in Romania reached 18,863 cases and 574 deaths. 

Intensive care doctor Claudiu Rusu said that if vaccination efforts only reached 70 to 80 percent, there would have been fewer deaths in the country. 

WHO Europe said that it will be ramping up its efforts to support Romania by sending senior expert Dr. Heather Papowitz to the country to expedite the situation by providing technical support in the form of 34,000 rapid tests, 200 oxygen concentrators, and other COVID-19 supplies. Papowitz will also be collaborating with national health officials to implement swift actions. 

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said that the cases are not just mere numbers, for a lot of people have been fighting to conquer the virus, and lives were lost. Iohannis urged his people to get vaccinated and observe strict health protocols in the hopes of finally beating the pandemic. 

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