The coronavirus in Romania is so severe that the country was put on Hungary’s red list. Hospitals are full, and healthcare professionals are facing extreme circumstances.
Romania’s coronavirus crisis is getting worse each day. On October 6, PRO TV made a shocking report from hospitals, presenting the tragic reality that healthcare professionals face day to day. In 24 hours, 15,037 new infections were detected, 252 people died, among them a 17-year-old student of an art school and a 32-year-old pregnant woman.
The hospitals are full, and a shockingly high number of patients need oxygen masks. Many of them are in hospital beds placed in corridors or sitting in a chair until a bed becomes vacant. All surgeries are delayed for the next 30 days all over the country, and hospitals do not take in new patients. There are only two exceptions to the rule: if there is an emergency or if a pregnant woman goes into labour.
Ambulances are called nonstop by people who want to take a Covid-19 test. Since the latest update, 14,467 people have got the virus, 263 people died, and 1,556 patients are in intensive care, among which 22 patients are minors, writes maszol.ro. The portal also writes that the number of people opting for the vaccine saw a significant rise.
Over the course of 24 hours, 62,996 people got either the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or the Johnson&Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. A nurse, who spoke to PRO TV , made it clear that vaccines can save lives. “We die and work here and if these patients would be vaccinated, they would not be here,” she told cameras.
Then, two nurses were shown on camera, one of them saying that she does not understand how people are afraid of the vaccine but they are not afraid of the illness. Some citizens compare the current situation in Romania to that of Italy in the past. To help the neighbouring country fight the crisis, Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó generously offered Hungary’s help.
“If it is necessary to care for patients, we have the capacities of the Hungarian healthcare system, so they can count on us,” he wrote in a Facebook post and also reached out to his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, in a letter.
According to maszol.ro, discussions about this matter have started, and so far, Hungary is the only ally in the fight against Covid-19 in this form. A hospital in Arad, Romania, asked for help on Wednesday. Patients will be transferred to Hungary from locations close to the border. Transfer can only be made through transport by ambulance since oxygen cylinders that are necessary for the patients could be dangerous on aeroplanes.