A man breathes through an oxygen mask in the corona intensive care unit of the National Institute of Pneumology Marius Nasta. Romania, which has the second lowest corona vaccination rate in the European Union, saw an accelerated increase in new infections. Photo: Andreea Alexandru / AP / dpa
As the Ministry of Health announced in Bucharest on Thursday, the first 10 patients who need intensive medical care were already accompanied by medical teams. Hungary has agreed to take on 50 patients.
Romania is one of the EU-wide countries with the most dramatic corona situation. On Thursday none of the nationwide 1593 beds in intensive care units that are reserved for corona patients were free. Even in the capital Bucharest, patients often wait for days in hospital corridors for free places in intensive care units and are only given makeshift care, as the media reported.
The 14-day incidence has been rising steeply for weeks and was most recently around 860 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. Only just under 35 percent of Romanians have full corona vaccination protection. Critics accuse the government of not promoting vaccination enough. The government, in turn, blames the anti-vaccination campaigns for the lack of willingness to vaccinate.