COVID-19:Ten Newborns Contract Virus At Romanian Hospital

 COVID-19:Ten Newborns Contract Virus At Romanian Hospital

A Romanian maternity unit was being investigated on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after 10 newborns tested positive for the coronavirus, while thier mothers tested negative.

There are however suspicion the babies contracted the virus from healthcare staffs.

The babies have no symptoms and all but one of them, together with their mothers, have gone into self-isolation at home.

The local DSP chief has already been dismissed.

The unit in the western Romanian city of Timisoara was briefly placed under quarantine on March 31, 2020 but was reopened the next day on the orders of the local DSP, which insisted at the time that there was no risk of infection for patients or doctors even though 13 members of staff had already tested positive.

The latest case adds to worries about how Romania’s system is coping with the epidemic.

Medical staff have spoken out in recent weeks over insufficient equipment for those on the frontline.

There are more than 4,400 confirmed cases in Romania so far and 180 people have died.

Around 700 of those infected are healthcare workers.

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