Romania reports over 1,700 daily COVID-19 infections, highest since outbreak

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BUCHAREST, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — Romania on Wednesday reported 1,713 COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day increase since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.

The previous daily high, standing at 1,504, was registered on Aug. 27.

The country, with a tally of 107,011 confirmed cases so far, remained the most affected in Central and Eastern Europe.

Another 49 people died of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 4,285, according to the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force.

Currently, 6,854 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in specialized health units, and 471 are in intensive care.

Meanwhile, 11,164 people who have contracted the coronavirus are in home isolation, while 5,782 are in institutional isolation.

Official data also showed that in the last 24 hours, 25,991 tests were performed, bringing the total tests so far to 2,136,544 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country with a population of some 19 million.

The average daily increase in the first 16 days of the current month reached 1,216.93, up from 1,182.38 in August.

After the release of the latest COVID-19 data, President Klaus Iohannis called on everyone to pay much more attention to the upcoming cold season, warning the country cannot afford to have its healthcare system forced to manage flu and COVID-19 at the same time.