BUCHAREST, Romania — New restrictions will start Friday in Romania as the country faces a surge of COVID-19 infections amid a third wave of the coronavirus.
This week Romania has recorded its highest number of daily infections in three months, hospital intensive care units have reported record patient numbers and more than 600 people have died of the coronavirus in the last five days.
Officials are tightening restrictions in localities based on the COVID-19 incident rate to try to slow the spread while avoiding a complete lockdown.
Six counties in Romania are currently above the four in 1,000 threshold, while only the western Timis County is above 7.5. In Bucharest, the infection rate reached 6.67 on Friday.
Romania has recorded more than 926,000 cases and 22,835 confirmed deaths. It has administered 2.6 million doses of vaccine.