Romania’s Interior Minister Marcel Vela announced on Tuesday the establishment of a plasma donor center, which is expected to help the country flatten the COVID-19 mortality curve. Also on Tuesday, Romania recorded more than 100 COVID-19 deaths — the highest number since the start of the pandemic.
The country’s Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the novel coronavirus communication task force, reported 104 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total COVID-19 death toll to 6,574.
The number of critically ill patients — another important indicator of the aggravation of the pandemic — exceeded 800 for the third day. Currently, 824 patients are occupying intensive care unit (ICU) beds, pushing the country’s critical medical resources to the limit.
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As many as 4,724 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours based on 28,876 tests carried out nationwide. The total number of infections now stands at 217,216.
According to the GCS, 10,758 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in specialist facilities, and 26,534 patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 symptoms or without symptoms are isolated at home. A further 10,540 people are in institutional isolation.
“We will set up an autoimmune blood and plasma collection center to come to the aid of critically ill patients,”
the minister said in a press release, stressing that “for some seriously ill patients, plasma donated by people who have been cured of COVID-19 may be the only chance for life.”