The Romanian government announced on Tuesday that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the country rose by a record high of 11,049 in the past 24 hours and that Romania suffers the consequences of having the European Union’s second-least-vaccinated population, according to Reuters.
Romania has vaccinated only a little over a third of its adult population amid distrust in state institutions and misinformation campaigns. About 40% of medical staff were not vaccinated and the government is considering making a digital EU Covid passport mandatory for them.
On Tuesday, Romania had only 26 intensive care beds available and was struggling to add more because of staff shortages. The pandemic has killed 36,658 people so far.
Large cities including Bucharest are approaching infection rates that will lead to new restrictions, including a weekend curfew and online schooling.