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Romania Reports 15x Increase in COVID Cases Following Huge Vaccine Hesitancy

Romanian health officials noted more than 15,000 daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the country's intensive care units reached capacity.

Last month, Romania had 1000 daily cases but it registered 15,037 new infections on Tuesday, almost 3000 cases more than its previous high.

The surge prompted authorities on Monday to suspend non-emergency medical treatments for 30 days to try to ease pressure on hospitals.

Raed Arafat, the head of Romania's Department for Emergency Situation, said "We do not yet see a trend of capping or falling".

Romania is the second-least vaccinated country in the European Union, with only 33 per cent of adults fully vaccinated, just ahead of Bulgaria.

Reuters report that a widespread mistrust of state institutions and misinformation is to blame for the low vaccination rates in Romania.

It has registered more than 37,000 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic.

New lockdown orders were issued for the country on Saturday. A weekend curfew has been put into place for unvaccinated people and mandatory vaccinations have been ordered for healthcare workers.

Entry to public venues such as cinemas, theatres, gyms and restaurants is now limited to those who can show a digital certificate for the vaccine or that they have had the illness.

An estimated 15,000 people took to the streets in Bucharest over the weekend to protest against lockdowns and mandatory vaccinations.

AAP with The Project