Romania’s hospitals overwhelmed with unvaccinated patients

Romanian healthcare has been overwhelmed by unvaccinated patients amid a brutal fourth wave of COVID-19. In Bucharest, ambulances had to line up …

Romanian healthcare has been overwhelmed by unvaccinated patients amid a brutal fourth wave of COVID-19.

In Bucharest, ambulances had to line up in front of the Matei Bals Infectious Diseases Hospital, where beds are set up in corridors.

In a country of around 19 million people, there have been 15,828 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

At least 365 people have died during that period and the death toll from the pandemic now stands at 41,482.

Many Romanians distrust the authorities’ requests to obtain a vaccine, which is in part a legacy of life under the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Many are also prone to the misinformation circulating online that vaccines are ineffective, or worse, dangerous.

In Europe, only Bulgaria has vaccinated less of its population than Romania.

Only about a third of Romanians are vaccinated and the consequences of the low intake are all too clear, according to the medical director of the hospital.

“Around 90 percent of hospital patients are not vaccinated, between 92 and 95 of them. In practice, those who are vaccinated are the exceptions when it comes to hospitalization,” Adrian Marinescu said on Friday

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