Romania’s hospital system is on the verge of disaster, with more than 1,900 coronavirus patients waiting in hospital admissions departments for beds to be released for them, Interior Minister Lucian Bode told the press on Monday, adding that the healthcare situation in Romania was “critical.”
The minister said about 300 of the patients waiting in hospitals would need an intensive care bed. Earlier, the Romanian press reported that ambulances are lining up in front of hospitals, waiting for the doctors to take over the patients they are transporting
In many cases, hospitals can only offer seats to severely ill coronavirus patients. The minister reiterated that in Romania, an average of 15,000 people are infected with the coronavirus every day and an average of 300 die as a result of the disease.
As Remix News reported earlier, Hungary took over 50 patients from Romania for intensive care, and patients were transported to clinics in Szeged and Debrecen.
The third COVID-19 infection wave is currently peaking in Romania with patient numbers some 60 percent above the first major wave last November and twice as high as during the second wave this May. Meanwhile, only about 30 percent of the country’s 19.3 million inhabitants are fully vaccinated.