Romania’s coronavirus cases surpass 100,000 – government

Health workers wearing protective suits transport a patient infected with the Sars-Cov-2 virus inside a hospital in Timisoara

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania’s total of coronavirus cases has passed 100,000, the government said on Friday and authorities are set to extend a state of alert by a month, with face masks mandatory in all indoor spaces.

There were 1,391 new cases recorded, taking the overall total to 101,075 cases, with a total death toll of 4,100.

President Klaus Iohannis ordered a strict lockdown in March, replacing that in May with a softer “alert mode”. The government plans to extend that by another 30 days from Sept. 14.

But schools across the country of 20 million are set to open next Monday, with about 70% percent of facilities ready to start regular classes. Another 27% will hold classes in a hybrid online-regular class format and the rest will learn exclusively online.

(Reporting by Radu Marinas; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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