Romania's daily coronavirus tally exceeds 1,000 new cases

The number of coronavirus infections in Romania rose by record 1,030 new cases in the past 24 hours, the government said on Wednesday, as the World Health Organisation (WHO) sounded the alarm over spikes in southern Europe and the Balkans.

So far Romania has confirmed 40,163 cases including 2,101 deaths since the pandemic hit in late February. The government has extended a state of alert, in place since 15 May, by another 30 days until the middle of August.

Romania's spike this month is in part because of a legislative void that enabled thousands of infected people to walk out of hospitals or not be treated at all. The Constitutional Court ruled in early July that the government could not hospitalise or isolate people based on cabinet decrees, but only through a law approved by parliament. which came into effect on Tuesday. Earlier this week, Health Minister Nelu Tataru warned that if the situation escalated, the government may quarantine specific outbreak areas going forward.

"While certainly in western Europe the disease has come under control, we still have some worrying trends in southern Europe and the Balkans," WHO emergencies programme head Mike Ryan warned on Wednesday.

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